Saturday, April 30, 2016

HANNAH LACKOFF & SAM GAFFORD

Next Saturday, April 30, the TVCU Crew will be recording episodes 21 and 22 of the Television Crossover Universe podcast from Castle Wolfenstein on the Grand Guignol Network. 



In Episode 21, Robert, Ivan, Chris and James will be talking with author Hannah Lackoff.

Hannah's work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the storySouth Million Writers Award and has been published or upcoming in Spark, Pinball, Kaleidotrope, New Myths, 10,00 Tons of Black Ink and“Best Of” Volume II, and others, and has been performed at Wheaton College. Her short story collection "After the World Ended" will be published in Spring 2016 by 18thWall Productions.

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In Episode 22, Robert, Ivan, Chris and James will be talking with author Sam Gafford, arguably the foremost expert of William Hope Hodgson.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Sinews of a Universe: Guillermo del Toro's Universe


“I cannot pontificate about it, but by the time I'm done, I will have done one movie, and it's all the movies I want…They're [all] tonally different, and yes, of course you can like one more than the other—the other one may seem banal or whatever it is that you don't like. But it really is part of the same movie. You make one movie.”

~Guillermo del Toro, Twitch Film, January 15, 2013
 
Guillermo del Toro has been very open about this. All of his stories are not only connected, but are scenes in a single, long movie. Characters, plot-lines, and props run between these scenes, establishing the outline of the story.

This article is only a guide for you to see the connective tissue.

Movies del Toro produced, but did not direct, are virtually excluded from this list. Only one connects into del Toro’s universe. The rest are irrelevant, and evidently not considered part of his overall story.
 
We will not be discussing sequels, spin-offs, or tie-in media produced without del Toro’s explicit involvement. The timeline would grow too long, and too irrelevant. This isn’t to say that they are excluded from the TVCU. Mimic 2 and Mimic 3: Sentinel are canon in the TVCU, of course. Robert E. Wronski Jr has come up with a rather clever theory for explaining Blade and Blade II’s inclusion in the same universe as Tomb of Dracula, but you’ll have to read The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia to find out.
 
 

Similarly, we will not be discussing Tim Lebbon’s novel Hellboy: Natural Selection, which revealed Hellboy went up against the Mimic bugs. You should still listen to our interview with him. Who knows what else you might learn?

I offer very little commentary. Del Toro, by nature, reveals more of his universe as movies pass. Pan’s Labyrinth explains Mimic, and explains some magic from Hellboy. Pacific Rim closes the Hellboy story. Every new story ties off loose ends. Any explanation I offer now will only be partial. These films are only single chapters from a novel, or random scenes from a longer movie.

1887—Crimson Peak

Edith’s mother’s tomb is carved to represent the Death from Hellboy II. Del Toro has previously stated that particular Death is a unique reaper, created just to take Hellboy’s soul. How or why it appeared in the 1880s, long before his birth, is an open question. The ghosts are identical to the ghosts in The Devil’s Backbone, implying Crimson Peak and The Devil’s Backbone share a universe.

The ending of the movie implies the story, from start to finish, is fiction. If so, how the real Edith came to know of Hellboy’s Death and del Toro-type ghosts is an unanswerable question.

c. 1939—The Devil’s Backbone

No crossovers, but its presence in the Guillermo del Toro universe is confirmed by Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Crimson Peak. Dating is based on Carlos and Jamie’s appearance in Pan’s Labyrinth; if the actors have aged five years in the real world, it stands to reason their characters have aged five years as well, in lieu of in-universe evidence.



1944—Pan’s Labyrinth

Carlos and Jamie, from The Devil’s Backbone, are among the Communist rebels. The labyrinth by the house has the same pattern as the magic blood maze that revived Rasputin in Hellboy. Given Ofelia’s resurrection, it is safe to assume that labyrinth had the same purpose as Rasputin’s—but she was revived to the fairy-kingdom by her own innocent blood. The fairies make the same sounds as the Judas Breed from Mimic.

Robert E. Wronski Jr. believes that Ofelia’s chalk door is a crossover with Beetlejuice. This seems likely.

1993—Chonos

No crossovers, but its presence in the Guillermo del Toro universe is confirmed by Blade II.

1997—Mimic

The Judas Breed and the fairies from Pan’s Labyrinth make the same sounds. In Pan’s Labyrinth, the fairies begin in the form of bugs and insects, but transform when around someone who believed, or were about their work. It seems the Judas Breed was bred from untransformed fairies—and all their mimicry is their genetic programming for transformation reasserting itself.

2002—Blade II

Scud wears a BPRD tee-shirt. I’d normally ignore this, but, considering how interconnected the rest of del Toro’s universe is, it seems meant as a crossover. BPRD, of course, is from Hellboy and Hellboy II. Presumably Scud and Blade worked with BPRD prior to the events of Blade II, since BPRD is a ultra-secret organization—and ultra-secret organizations aren’t given to handing tee-shirts out to the public.

Eli Damaskinos, an ancient vampire, shows the same pure-white skin discoloration and body markings as the vampires from Cronos. In Cronos, vampires appeared to be ordinary humans—if slightly pale—until wounds ripped away their skin and revealed the ivory hide below. It’s possible that all of the vampires in Blade II are Cronos-vampires, but never had the chance to “mature” and emerge from their cocoon. Whatever the case, Damaskinos himself is a crossover with Cronos.

2004—Hellboy

The jarred babies from The Devil’s Backbone are on display in the BPRD trophy hallway. The maze of blood which revives Rasputin is in the same pattern as the labyrinth in Pan’s Labyrinth. In the prologue, Nazis open a portal to the Ogdru Jahad’s crystal prison. This same crystal prison is seen in the background of Pacific Rim, when Gypsy Danger falls into the alternate universe (more on this later).

De Vermis Mysteriis is quoted. De Vermis Mysteriis first appeared in Robert Bloch’s story “The Shambler in the Stars” before reappearing regularly in H.P. Lovecraft’s own fiction. Sammael is referred to as a Class Five Entity. This designation originated in Ghostbusters (1984).

The Spear of Destiny prop would be reused in Constantine (2005). This is an alternate timeline; Constantine does not fit into the Guillermo del Toro universe nor the TVCU, which uses the original Vertigo John Constantine.



2008—Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Fairies from Pan’s Labyrinth run rampant in the Troll Market, and also kept in jars in the BPRD’s trophy hall.

Bethmoora is mentioned. Bethmoora first appeared in Lord Dunsany’s story “Bethmoora.” ”Glamours” are used. Glamours originated in Lord Dunsany’s novel The King of Elfland’s Daughter, and regularly appear in Simon R. Green’s Nightside. A theatre marquee advertises “See You Next n sday.” See You Next Wednesday appears all throughout the movies of John Landis. The Schufftein Glasses come from Daphne du Maurier’s short story “The Blue Lenses” (confirmed by del Toro’s commentary).

Elder Things shamble around the Troll Market. One is held in BPRD. While the Elder Things are from H.P. Lovecraft’s The Mountains of Madness, they appear here in what was a sort of early screen-test for del Toro’s adaption. I choose to count these as a crossover with Lovecraft’s novella.

2012—Rise of the Guardians

The tooth fairies live in hive-houses identical to the fairy houses in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Rise of the Guardians, the movie, is a modern-day sequel to Rise of the Guardians, the books.

2025—Pacific Rim

At the climax, Gypsy Danger slips into the alternate universe from which the kaiju originated. The Serizawa Scale is used to determine kaiju size. Serizawa was a scientist in the original Godzilla. A version of the GLaDOS operating system runs on jagers. GLaDOS is from Portal and Portal 2, a video game series from Valve.
 
The similarities between the two are evident. Gypsy Danger's explosion, one imagines, killed the Ogdru Jahad, permanently ending their threat. What implication this has, if any, on the rest of del Toro's timeline remains to be seen--especially if Pacific Rim proves to be an alternate timeline.
 

 

Monday, April 18, 2016

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE



Continuing the spy crossover series.  I have previously covered the the Prisoner, the Man from UNCLE, the Avengers, and I Spy.  After this, I'll still have a few more classic spy shows to do, including Get Smart. 

at some point around 1955--Barney Collier met Rob Petrie, creating a theoretical link between 'Mission: Impossible' and 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'. (ACCORDING TO TOBY O'BRIEN)

December 1939--THE RUBY FILES VOL. 1--"Wounds"--A murder mystery that crosses WATCHMEN, STAR TREK, AND MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE with Rick Ruby.  On the Watchmen crossovers:  Police officer Hollis Mason is mentioned.  He is also secretly Nite-Owl.  The Gunga Diner and Rumrunner Bar appear, which are also from WATCHMEN.  Finally, the parents of the future Rorschach appear.  Watchmen can't be in the TVCU, but this story seems to imply that the "golden age" portions of Watchmen, prior to the debut of Doctor Manhattan, could appear.  Using my theory that Kang created a major series of divergent super-hero timelines in 1945, that could be the divergence point that separates Watchmen from the main TVCU and places it in its own timeline.  Having Watchmen share a pre-145 past with the main TVCU does help account for the occasional mentions or cameos of Watchmen characters that sometimes pop up in other stories that are in the TVCU.  Perhaps, for instance, the main TVCU also had a Rorschach and other later Watchmen heroes, but they operated more in line with the TVCU concept for super-heroes.  The Star Trek crossover involves the mention of Edith Keeler, whose death is described to match the death of Edith Keeler seen in Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever".  IMF agent Barney Collier's father also appears in this story.  

1960--PSYCHO--Etruscan horse Morley cigarettes, originating on Psycho, appeared on Naked City Tombstone for a DerelictMission: Impossible Operation 'Heart'Mannix All Around the Money TreeSeinfeld The Invitations, and Friends The One Where Rachel Smokes. They are not the same as red box Morley brand(Mad About Friends, Cheers!)  [courtesy of Lady Aleena, who is a greater stickler for strict crossovers than I am.  See more of her crossover finds here.]

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1966 to 1973--MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE--The Impossible Missions Force (IMF) is a secret government agency that sends teams with specific skills on missions we aren't meant to know about. Note there are so many occasions in the TVCU where messages end up self-destructing, or someone says some variation of "Your mission, if you choose to accept it...".  Because of the Mission Improbable series that exists in the TVCU, thanks to the Hanso Organization, probably to make the public believe the IMF to be fictional, it's hard to tell if any of those are real crossovers or not.  For instance, some instances of self-destructing messages could have come from the same methodology and technology used by the IMF, while others could have been inspired by the television series.  Click here for a full list of connections, some of which are valid crossovers, some which aren't, and some that are questionable.  



mid-1960s to the early 1970s--Dell Comics published a Mission: Impossible comic book on a sporadic schedule that lasted from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. Only five issues were published before the series was canceled. The first four issues were original publications; the fifth issue was a reprint of the first.



OCTOBER 1966--MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE--"Old Man Out"--Click here for a theoretical link from Toby O'Brien connecting MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE to THE BOLD ONES - THE LAWYERS and THE MAN FROM UNCLE.  

1967--Mission: Impossible by John Tiger--A number of original Mission: Impossible novels based upon the series were published Popular Library published the following between 1967 and 1969: Of the above, only the 1967 John Tiger novel featured the team as led by Dan Briggs; the rest all featured the Jim Phelps-era IMF.

October 1967--MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE--"Operation 'Heart'"--According to Lady Aleena, the Etruscan horse Morley was the first package design introduced, possibly on Psycho. Anything using this design could be considered a crossover with Psycho.  This includes:  
  • Psycho (16 June 1960)
  • Naked City Tombstone for a Derelict (5 April 1961)
  • Mission: Impossible Operation 'Heart' (22 October 1967)
  • Mannix All Around the Money Tree (22 February 1969)
  • Seinfeld The Invitations (16 May 1996)
  • Friends The One Where Rachel Smokes (8 April 1999)

1968--Code Name: Judas by Max Walker

1968--Code Name: Rapier by Walker

1968--VIEW-MASTER--The GAF Corporation of Portland, Oregon/Paramount Films released a View-Master (21 stereo pictures in three round discs) with a 16-page story booklet: "Good morning Mr Phelps. The man you are looking at is Dr. Erich Rojak, the nuclear physicist who has been missing..."

1969--Code Name: Little Ivan by Tiger

1969--The Priceless Particle--In addition, two hardback novels for young readers were published by Whitman Books, both by Talmage Powell:



1969 to 1974--THE BRADY BUNCH--From Matt Hickman: Some Station Crossovers I found 1. In Wayne's World 2 the Local Rock Station in Aurora, Illinois is WPIG 95.7 on WKRP in Cincinnati WPIG was the Cross town rival to WKRP. Now they are in 2 Different towns But Maybe Between 82 and 93 WPIG became a Network with Affiliates all over the U. S. 2. From the Wiki page List of fictional television stations KBEX-TV (in film):Dawn of the Dead (as Milwaukee TV station)[1],Moving Violation,Runaway,Scream KBEX-TV (in television):,BarnabyJones[2],Brady Bunch[3],Charlie's Angels[4],Columbo (Season 2, Episode 6),Crazy Like a Fox (Channel 6, San Francisco),Dante's Peak (Channel 5),Emergency!,MacGyver (as TV and radio),Mannix,Mission: Impossible,Starsky & Hutch,$weepstake$ (Channel 6, Hollywood)[5],Walker, Texas Ranger[6],What's Happening!![7] Could Prehaps also be a Network or at Least a Cable Channel much like WGN 3.WNDY - Short-lived TV series "WIOU" about the news department of a fictional television station whose actual callsign was WNDY, but which was nicknamed WIOU by its staff because of the station's financial struggles. WNDY Is also the Fake Radio Station you listen when Waiting in line For the TwisterTwister...Ride it Out at Universal Studios Florida It's Set in Wakita Oklahoma Druing the Film so they Might Be Sister Stations or owned By the Same Company

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1970--The Money Explosion

The Barefoot Executive Poster

1971--THE BAREFOOT EXECUTIVE--In this film, there is a series called Mission Improbable.  Using this, we could presume that the later Mission Impossible films that are based on real events and released in part by the Hanso Organization may actually be Mission Improbable films.  This might be a way out for the many other "zonks" of Mission Impossible within the TVCU.

August 2 to 10, 1974--DOUBLE DANGER TALES--"Stateside Debut"--From 1991, a former vigilante known as the Voice recaps his origin.  Crossovers include:  SHERLOCK HOLMES, SECRET AGENT X, DR. SKULL, DAN FOWLER, RICHARD WONG, RICK BRANT, HAWAII FIVE-O, MAGNUM P.I., IRONSIDE, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, KING FARADAY, THE MAN FROM UNCLE, THE MAN FROM APE, BURKE'S LAW, I SPY, and THE INDEPENDENT OPERATORS (recurring characters in the works of ERWIN K. ROBERTS, author of this story).

1981--THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS ON GILLIGAN'S ISLAND--A theory from Gordon Long:  About the Gilligan/Globies movie--the bad guys were played by Barbara Bain and Martin Landau. Now, their characters are too different to say that this is what happened to Cinnamon Carter and Rollin Hand after they left the Impossible Mission Force...probably (they'd have to turn evil and turn into mad scientists, which they weren't--they were just spies, one a model, the other a master of disguise). But I wonder if either the Landau mad scientist character, or perhaps Rollin Hand, was the character played by Landau in the first X-Files film: it must be asked if either character could have become the contact for Mulder. But...food for thought (and maybe Toby will have some thoughts on that too?) Also, I think Landau's mad scientist is somehow related to the Loveless family.  [Same actor theories work better in Toby O'Brien's world than mine, though.]

October 1983--JEFFERSONS--"Mission:  Incredible"--George Jefferson enlists the aid of Barney Collier of the Impossible Missions Force (MISSION:  IMPOSSIBLE).

1986--NUDES AT ELEVEN--The host interviews a US-Agent called Peter Phelps, a reference to Jim Phelps and his actor Peter Graves



February 1987--THE LOVE BOAT--"Who Killed Maxwell Thorn?"--From Toby O'Brien in the TVCU Facebook Forum:  This was a classic crossover episode in which there were quick cameo scenes of characters from other TV shows. None of them were fully named (if at all) but there were enough clues that they could be no other characters. 1] Dr. Stanley Riverside, 'Trapper John M.D.' 2] Margie Albright*, 'My Little Margie' 3] Jim Phelps**, 'Mission: Impossible' 4] Margaret & Betty Anderson, 'Father Knows Best' 5] Beaver, June, & Wally Cleaver, 'Leave It To Beaver' 6] Carol & Mike Brady, 'The Brady Bunch' * I was hoping Gale Storm was appearing as her character Susanna Pomeroy from her second sitcom, especially since Susanna worked on an ocean liner as well. But her mention of getting revenge on Mr. Honeywell means she has to be Margie Albright. ** Peter Graves was presented throughout the episode as Leonard Culver, husband of Irene Culver. (The IMDb listed their surname as "Pulver", but on several occasions you can hear them being addressed as "Culver".) Near the end he revealed that he used to work for the government and that if the Secretary ever found out about his misadventures on board the ship, he might have disavowed Culver's actions. My guess is that "Jim Phelps" was just his alias in espionage or "Leonard Culver" had been an alias he used to keep his family life private. Based on the storyline, he had to be "Leonard Culver" married to Irene, for all of that time he was working as "Jim Phelps". There were plenty of other celebrities during those two hours, many of whom were playing themselves. Others were playing crew members or in the case of Carol Channing, a relative of a crew member. Still others could have been playing one-shot characters from other sources, like Ruth Buzzi and Joanne Worley. One other interesting note - a high reliance on guest stars from Steve Allen's stable of players and from the cast of 'Laugh-In': Steve Allen & Jane Meadows, Louis Nye, Don Knotts, Tom Poston; and Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, and Joanne Worley.

By 1988--MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2--Barney Collier's son Grant had followed in Dad's footsteps. ('Mission: Impossible 2') As a technical genius, Grant Collier worked with his Dad's old boss Jim Phelps and even was able to rescue Barney from a foreign prison. (This near-tragedy made them both realize how easily it would be to lose the other. Any gulfs in their relationship as father and son were quickly erased.) 

1988 to 1990--MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE--The missions continue with new team members.  



1990 to 2000--BEVERLY HILLS 90210--This is the story of teens/20 somethings in Beverly Hills.  Originally it revolved around Brendon and Brenda Walsh, having moved there from Minnesota, and their culture shock.  Ironically, Toby O'Brien, who strongly dislikes the show, revealed to me why it's included.  And it's because of Morley Cigarettes.  Morley is a fictional brand that appears often in the TVCU (and acts as a connector).  Besides Beverly Hills 90210, Morley Cigarettes are found in REAPER, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, COLD CASE, CRIMINAL MINDS, ER, JAKE 2.0, KILLER INSTINCT, THE L WORD, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, MEDIUM, MILLENNIUM, MISSION:  IMPOSSIBLE, NASH BRIDGES, NEW AMSTERDAM, PRISON BREAK, THE OUTER LIMITS (though only the stories that have the cigarettes are included), SPACE:  ABOVE AND BEYOND, SPECIAL UNIT 2, SPY GAME, THAT 70S SHOW, THE TWILIGHT ZONE (same rule as OUTER LIMITS), BURN NOTICE, and THE X-FILES.  



1992 to 2002--X-FILES--The exploits of Agents Mulder and Scully.  They continue to seek out the truth behind the conspiracies regarding the paranormal.  One of the leaders of the conspiracy is the Cigarette Smoking Man, whose brand of choice is Morley Cigarettes.  Morley is a fictional brand that appears often in the TVCU (and acts as a connector).  Besides Beverly Hills 90210, Morley Cigarettes are found in REAPER, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, COLD CASE, CRIMINAL MINDS, ER, JAKE 2.0, KILLER INSTINCT, THE L WORD, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, MEDIUM, MILLENNIUM, MISSION:  IMPOSSIBLE, NASH BRIDGES, NEW AMSTERDAM, PRISON BREAK, THE OUTER LIMITS (though only the stories that have the cigarettes are included), SPACE:  ABOVE AND BEYOND, SPECIAL UNIT 2, SPY GAME, THAT 70S SHOW, THE TWILIGHT ZONE (same rule as OUTER LIMITS), and THE X-FILES.  There were also novels and comics that are part of the canon. Here is the list of series which may have X-Morleys in them.
After The X-Files
24
American Horror Story: Murder House
The Americans
Beverly Hills 90210
Becker
Bones
Cold Case
Everybody Hates Chris
Frasier
Heroes
Judging Amy
Justified
Killer Instinct
Kingdom
The L-Word
The Middle
Nash Bridges
New Amsterdam
Orange is the New Black
Pushing Daisies
Reaper
Saving Grace
Shameless
Sordid Lives: The Series
Space: Above and Beyond
The Strain
Up All Night
The United States of Tara
Weeds
Before The X-Files
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Mannix
Mission Impossible



1994--PULP FICTION--In MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II, Ving Rhames is shown with a scar on the back of his neck. In Pulp Fiction, he had a band-aid there.  In MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III, Ethan administers a shot of adrenaline (not a real-life procedure) to Lindsey's heart.

1996--Marvel Comics published a single-issue Mission: Impossible comic which served as a prequel to the 1996 feature film.

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1996--MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE--Several years after the events of the series, Jim Phelps and his team, the Impossible Missions Force, are assigned to retrieve the IMF non-official cover list from the American embassy in Prague. Their mission fails: Phelps is shot, his wife Claire seemingly dies in a car bombing, and the rest of the team except agent Ethan Hunt are eliminated by unknown assassins. Meeting with IMF director Eugene Kittridge, Hunt learns the job was a setup to lure out a mole within IMF. The mole is believed to be in contact with an arms dealer known as "Max" as part of "Job 314." As Hunt is the only member left, Kittridge suspects him of being the mole, and Hunt flees.  Hunt recruits two disavowed IMF agents: computer expert Luther Stickell and pilot Franz Krieger. 


November - December 1996--CAPTAIN AMERICA # 1 and 2--Ethan Hunt infiltrates the World Party but is captured. Ethan Hunt is the main character of the Mission Impossible film series, which is a continuation of the television series. In Marvel Comics continuity, this takes place on Counter Earth, a world created by Franklin Richards. It takes place during a time when it appeared that several Marvel heroes were killed in the main Marvel Universe, and then rebooted in the Heroes Reborn imprint. This story reboots Captain America, having him returned to the world in 1996 rather than in 1964. For TVCU purposes, whenever there is a crossover that links a Marvel story to a television or film series, that story can be included in the TVCU, but it doesn’t bring in the whole series. Because of that, we can assume this new origin story may be in, but not the whole Heroes Reborn saga. We can probably assume this is yet another replacement Cap, and one that has been brainwashed into thinking he is Steve Rogers.

March 3, 1997--SPY GAME--"Why Spy?"--From Toby O'Brien:  Patrick Macnee and Peter Lupus in the pilot episode of 'Spy Game'. It's suggested that as retired spies, they're appearing as John Steed and Willie Armitage (of 'The Avengers' and 'Mission: Impossible', respectively).  Brad Mengel added:  Hi Robert, There's this Mr Black (Steed) and Mr White (Willy Armitage) report the death of an agent to E.C.H.O. (Emergency Counter Hostilities Organisation) which causes the pairing of Lorne Cash and Max London. Kelly Robinson is seen at the end of the episode threatening to blow up Statue of Liberty in what is probably a training exercise E.C.H.O is later revealed to have their headquarters in the old U.N.C.L.E. headquarters under Del Florino's tailor shop which the agents call Uncle Solo's (Why Spy? -SPY GAME TV series 1997).  So Spy Game connects The Avengers, Mission: Impossible and The Man and The Girl from UNCLE and possibly I Spy.  Brad

1997--CONSPIRACY THEORY--There are reference in this film that refer to THE MAN FROM UNCLE, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, and I LOVE LUCY as being real within the context of the film's reality.

November 1997--DIAGNOSIS MURDER--"Discards"--Cinnamon Carter appears. Click here for Thomas Holbrook's take on this crossover.

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2000--MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II--Ethan Hunt is alerted by the IMF that someone has used his identity to assist bio-chemical expert Dr. Vladimir Nekhorvich to enter the United States, only to kill him in a subsequent plane crash. Nekhorvich, an old friend of Ethan, had forewarned the IMF of his arrival, planning to deliver to them a new bioweapon, Chimera, and its cure, Bellerophon. He was forced to develop these by Biocyte Pharmaceuticals. IMF determines that rogue IMF agent Sean Ambrose is responsible. IMF assigns Ethan to recover the virus and its cure. It also insists that he recruits Nyah Nordoff-Hall, a professional thief presently operating in SevilleSpain. Later, Ethan finds out that she is Ambrose's ex-girlfriend.

July 2000--FAMILY GUY--"E. Peterbus Unum"--When Joe, Cleveland, and Quagmire discuss tax refunds, Charlie Brown in a ghost costume claims he only “got a rock.” This parodies a scene from the Peanuts Halloween television special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in which the characters trick-or-treat and Charlie Brown consistently receives rocks.  Anti-litter mascot Woodsy Owl appears during the song in reaction to Peter’s littering.  The political roundtable talk show in which the guests are separated by four squares ends with Alice from The Brady Bunch appearing in the center square as she did in the show’s theme song.  The Brady Bunch has also been featured in the following episodes:     
    - Excellence in Broadcasting (2010)
    - Spies Reminiscent of Us (2009) 
    - PTV (2005) 
    - Emission Impossible (2001) 
    - Death Has a Shadow (1999) 

November 2001--FAMILY GUY--"Emission Impossible"--Bertram returns in the later episode “Sibling Rivalry,” as well as in the Family Guy Video Game!.

2002--SPLINTER CELL--The computer mainframe in the C.I.A. building resembles the one featured in 1996'S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.

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2003--MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - OPERATION SURMA--Ethan Hunt and the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) are brought into an investigation of a shady international corporation, known as SURMA, that is in possession of a highly advanced computer virus known as Ice Worm. It has the power to break through any type of security system and could lead to the theft of any data ranging from nuclear weapons specs to intelligence of any government. When their own operations are sabotaged, Ethan and the IMF team find out that their secure databases have been hacked and that their enemies are now in possession of some of their deepest, darkest secrets. The team must find this worm to protect global internet security.

2004--ALIAS--"CROSSINGS"/"FACADE"--Leonid Lisenker appears in these two episodes, and then reappears in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol.  Granted, he's played by Griffin Dunne in Alias and Ivan Shvedoff, but it's too much of a coincidence considering the Abrams connection.  And it's not the first time the film series has recast characters from TV.

April 2006--ALIAS--"There's Only One Sydney Bristow"--During his captivity Will had a small explosive device implanted in his head that can be triggered to detonate at any time. This was also done twice in the movie Mission Impossible III (2006), directed by Alias series creator J.J. Abrams.

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2006--MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III--Ethan Hunt comes face to face with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer while trying to keep his identity secret in order to protect his girlfriend.  In the credits, the Hanso Organization is thanked.  The Hanso Organization exists in LOST, another J.J. ABRAMS project.  This means that after the events of this film actually happened, a movie was created based on the events (and implying that the previous films must have also been made based on the true events, which is weird for a secret spy agency, but those films must have been made possible somehow through the Hanso Organization.)

September 2006--TIME TRUMPET--"Episode # 1.6"--A fictional sequel to Mission Impossible that doesn't exist in the real world is mentioned, helping with the theory about how there could be a Mission Impossible series of films and television series in the same world where the IMF really exists.  



REAPER (TELEVISION SERIES)
Release Date: September 25, 2007 - May 26, 2009 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Reaper
Horror Crosses: Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Medium; the Devil and Daniel Webster
Non-Horror Crosses: Beverly Hills 90210; Cold Case; Criminal Minds; ER; Jake 2.0; Killer Instinct; The L Word; Malcolm in the Middle; Millennium; Mission Impossible; Nash Bridges; New Amsterdam; Prison Break; The Outer LImits ; Space: Above and Beyond; Special Unit 2; Spy Game; That 70s Show; Twilight Zone ; X-Files; Burn Notice; Eli Stone
The Story: On his 21st birthday, Sam discovers his soul had been sold to the devil by his parents. Fortunately, all the devil wants from Sam is for Sam to become his bounty hunter, recapturing escaped souls from Hell.

Notes: Morley Cigarettes appear in this series. That is a fictional brand that also appears in all the above listed crosses (except the Devil and Daniel Webster), most notably Buffy for our purposes of inclusion. In the case of the Outer Limits and Twilight Zone, only episodes featuring Morley would be in the Horror Universe (or a divergent timeline if the episode is too bizarre to fit in the main timeline). Space: Above and Beyond takes place in one possible alternate future of the Horror Universe. In one episode of the series, the devil remarks, “I’ve debated Daniel Webster, and you sir, are no Daniel Webster.” Since the devil of this series speaks of Daniel Webster as a real person, this also brings that classic story into the Horror Universe. And though in the Horror Universe, not all representations of the devil are considered to necessarily be the same entity, in this case, it’s made clear that the devil of Reaper and the one who met Webster are one and the same. I’ve chosen not to give it a separate entry, but on Eli Stone, Genny Clarke works at the Workbench, the same place that the lead characters from this series work. They even wear the same uniform.


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2011--MISSION IMPOSSIBLE:  GHOST PROTOCOL--The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name.

April 2012--THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW--"Bryan's Brain"--Mission Impossible 7 is already out, while in the real world, at this point, only four films exist, which helps support the theory that allows for the films and tv series to coexist in the same world where the IMF is real.

2012--MISSION: IRREPARABLE--Based on Mission Impossible the television series created by Bruce Giller. Nagging indigestion, a dead scientist, attempted murders by an unstable individual, a captivating beauty, and a liquid which could lead to World War III... For most men that's enough to give up and go fishing, for Jim Phelps it might become a Mission: Irreparable.

March 2014--FAMILY GUY--"Fresh Heir"--There is a Mission Impossible 5, even though at this point in the real world, there had only been four films.  This helps support the theory that allows for the films and tv series to coexist in the same universe as the "real" IMF.

2014--MISSION: IMPOSTER--Jim Phelps so-called irreparable mission was a success in the eyes of those above him. However, with the loss of a fellow agent, and his branch Director Yomin, Phelps sees the glass as only half full. Yet he's given little time to mourn: the mission this time is more personal, and more dangerous, as the threat comes from inside. Phelps will have to rely on memories of the past, to solve the present events, if there is going be an I.M. Force in the future.

2014--'MISSION IMPOSSIBLE': CRUISE CONTROL--Ethan Hunt takes on Dr. Badguy.

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2015--MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION--After intercepting nerve gas being sold to Chechen terrorists in MinskBelarusImpossible Missions Force (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt is convinced he can prove the existence of the Syndicate, an international criminal consortium that the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) does not believe exists.   Also, for LOST fans, 108 figures in this film and this is an Abrams film.

THE POSSIBLE FUTURE:

The near Future--M:I 6 - MISSION IMPOSSIBLE--Announced film in development with Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt,  as Ilsa Faust, and rumored,  as William Brandt.

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ASSIGNMENT: ETERNITY (NOVEL BY GREG COX)
Release Date: 1998 (Setting is 2269 A.D.)
Series: Star Trek
Horror Crosses: Kolchak the Night Stalker
Non-Horror Crosses: The Avengers (television); The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. The Questor Tapes; Mission Impossible; James Bond; The Prisoner; The Andromeda Strain
The Story: Gary Seven and his partner Roberta Lincoln travel from the year 1969 to the 23rd century and once more encounter the crew of the Enterprise, commanded by Captain James T. Kirk.

Notes: This novel is a sequel to the Star Trek episode Assignment Earth, which introduced Gary Seven in what was meant to be a pilot for his own series. Gary and his assistant mention having knowledge of the people or events from all of the above listed crosses.

TVCU Multiverse:

Mad--A version of Mission Impossible exists here.

TVCU-63--Homage/pastiche of Lucas Garret's Doctor Who/Back to the Future amalgamations (a world where the question of Doctor Who is answered with "Brown!")--MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE/ALIAS Crossover Theory
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE's Daniel "Dan" Briggs
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ALIAS's Jonathan Donahue "Jack" Bristow
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Daniel "Dan" Briggs
Daniel "Dan" Briggs’s main role in the team was as its "captain"; he received the instructions from the 'Voice on Tape', and selected and coordinated the best people for the mission at hand. The team frequently consisted of Cinnamon Carter, Willy Armitage, Barney Collier and Rollin Hand, although Briggs did not always use all of these team members and often also used other agents. He would brief the team, then if needed, hand out extra disguises or devices. Though Briggs played a significant role in many of the first season missions, he was not an active participant in 7 of the 27 missions he co-ordinated -- after the mission briefings for these particular 7 missions, Briggs did not join the team in the actual execution of the plan, evidently confident that his hand-picked team would succeed without his direct involvement.
As was the case with most characters in the series, Briggs's background and personal life were never explored in detail. The first mission of the series indicated that he had not worked with the IMF for some time prior to that mission. (The 'Voice on Tape' ended the first mission's instructions with the statement, "I hope it's welcome back, Dan. It's been a while.") Another mission, "Old Man Out," revealed that he had once romanced an IMF agent played by Mary Ann Mobley. [15] The only other insight into Briggs's personal life was his one off-book mission, "The Ransom," where the daughter of a personal friend of Briggs, a school teacher, is kidnapped in order to force Briggs to deliver a mob informant from police custody before he can testify before the grand jury. [16]
Briggs was depicted at times as a cold, calculating character, quite willing to kill in order to complete a mission. Notably, he was the only member of the IMF shown personally killing a non-target in anything other than self-defense, when he ambushed and killed a sentry to get through a checkpoint in "The Carriers." [17] At other times, he exhibited a father-like attitude towards his agents, and was frequently seen smiling encouragement and patting shoulders as missions progressed. Several episodes, such as "Shock," revealed that Briggs had acting, voice mimicry and disguise abilities similar to those of one of his agents, Rollin Hand.
At the start of the second season, James Phelps took over as lead of the IMF Team and no on-air explanation was offered for Briggs's disappearance.
Dr. Daniel David Briggs, Ph.D.; was the Director of the IMF, and the team captain of the mission team called "The Director's Own," for at least one year. He had been a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, presumably at the time of the Korean War, and was a well-paid behavioral analyst outside his government service. It is commonly believed that he and James Phelps were two of the founders of the IMF.
While Briggs had his choice of many different agents for his missions, he usually picked a specific group consisting of actor and theater-arts teacher Rollin Hand, fashion model and actress Cinnamon Carter, electronics company president and electronic engineer Barnard "Barney" Collier, and bodybuilder, heavy laborer and mechanical engineer William "Willy" Armitage. It was this team, the IMF's all-time most successful(especially after James Phelps became IMF Director), that pioneered the employment of grand-scale confidence games as the IMF's chief method of accomplishing missions.
His primary role was as the mastermind behind the operation, but when a job required it he could act as a supporting character. [11]
Jonathan "Jack" Donahue Bristow was the father of Sydney Bristow and a fellow double agent for the CIA at SD-6. He assisted his daughter in bringing down the criminal organization and assisted the CIA at their base of operations in Los Angeles thereafter. He was recruited to APO, a black ops division of the CIA, by former superior at SD-6 Arvin Sloane, who ultimately betrayed the U.S. government in pursuit of the findings of Milo Rambaldi. Jack was left in charge of APO after this.
In a final effort to stop Sloane, Jack sacrificed his own life to trap an immortalized Sloane in a cave for the rest of eternity.
ID-CLASS: USS-CI-2300682
Call Sign: Black Bird (SD6), Raptor (APO)
Present Location: Los Angeles
Place Of Birth: London, Ontario, Canada
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Characteristics: Left-handed
Training/Special Skills: Physics, Aeronautics, Engineering, Game Theory, Cryptology, Linguistics.
Languages: English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Czech
Education: Doctorate, LAS.
Family
Wife: Laura Bristow (a.k.a Irina Derevko)
Daughter: Sydney Bristow
Partners: Katya Derevko
Grandchildren: Isabelle Vaughn and Jack Vaughn
Character biography
Jack Bristow (Alias)
Portrayed by Victor Garber
Information
Aliases Black Bird, Raptor
Gender Male
Occupation
Alliance of Twelve
SD-6 Director of Operations
CIA senior officer
Director of CIA Los Angeles Branch (briefly)
APO Deputy Director
ID-CLASS Title
Agent Number 30401-00800
USS-CI-30401-2300682
Children
Sydney Bristow (daughter)
Relatives
Irina Derevko (wife, deceased)
Isabelle Vaughn (granddaughter)
Jack Vaughn (grandson)
Nadia Santos (stepdaughter, deceased)
Michael Vaughn (son-in-law)
Jonathan "Jack" Donahue Bristow, played by Victor Garber, is Sydney Bristow's father on the television series Alias. Victor Garber has thrice been nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Jack, and fans voted the relationship between Sydney and Jack the best non-romantic relationship on the show in the 2005 AllAlias.com Fans' Choice Awards. [1]
Jack Bristow, a longtime agent of the CIA and former double officer with SD-6, is often emotionally distant and can be among the show's coldest and most brutal characters. However, his character's defining trait is his devotion to the safety of his daughter, Sydney. He is highly protective of her and is willing to do anything - torture, kill, even betray his country - to ensure her well-being. His relationship with his daughter has always been problematic, although it warmed and matured as the show unfolded. According to background information provided in the official Alias magazine, Jack Bristow is originally from Canada (reflecting the fact that actor Victor Garber is Canadian). A screenshot in a fourth season episode showed a laptop referring to his birth in London, Ontario. Jack's grandchild Isabelle was also born in Canada, on a mission in Vancouver.
Prior to the events of the series, Jack fathered Sydney with Irina Derevko, a long-term KGB spy who married Jack to get close to the CIA, specifically to steal the details of Project Christmas, which Jack was developing for the Agency. She took the name Laura Bristow and built a cover as an English literature professor. Once the FBI started to investigate against Irina, she faked her death in a staged car accident. Jack, suspected of being complicit in Irina's espionage, was detained and placed in solitary confinement. He named Arvin and Emily Sloane as Sydney's temporary guardians. Jack and Arvin became friends after they got to know each other in the early seventies, when both started their careers at the CIA. When Jack was finally cleared, he began drinking heavily and became more of an absentee father, leaving Sydney to be raised by nannies. About ten years later, Jack was recruited into SD-6 by Sloane when the Alliance of Twelve was founded, and was one of the few agents who knew the truth behind the cell. He was also Director of Operations at SD-6, and many in the Alliance believed he was a logical choice to take Sloane's place.
When Sydney was in college, Arvin Sloane had her recruited into SD-6 without Jack's knowledge. Jack reacted negatively to Sydney's telling him that she had gotten a job at Credit Dauphine, the front company for SD-6. However, Jack's reaction made Sydney more determined to be a part of the "CIA." Jack later revealed to Sydney that he had recognized her potential, but wanted to keep her away from this life, away from making the choices that he had to and eventually she had to as an agent. Sydney's recruitment into SD-6 also caused Jack's Friendship with Sloane to end, although, because of the clandestine character of Jack's work as a double-agent at SD-6, he couldn't reveal that to Sloane until years after.
Several years later when Sydney herself becomes a double agent for the real CIA, she discovers that her father has long been in the same position and they learn to work together to bring down SD-6. Jack often used his position as Sloane's chief of operations to structure missions to the CIA's advantage. When Irina Derevko makes her reappearance in Season 2, Jack must also deal with his unresolved feelings of love and bitterness towards her while continuing to perform his job at SD-6 and the CIA. With SD-6's destruction, Jack found himself finally able to grow closer to his daughter.
Sydney learns in season 2 that Jack subjected her to Project Christmas, a project that trained and hardwired potential spies. Sydney initially believed that this programming had taken away her choices in life, but in Season 3 discovers that it had, in fact, protected her autonomy and made her immune to brainwashing by the Covenant. During Sydney's two year disappearance between Seasons 2 and 3, Jack was again taken into custody, held in solitary confinement for a year because of his working with unsanctioned sources (including Irina) to learn the truth behind Sydney's apparent death. During Season 3, Jack acts as a far more supportive father figure to Sydney, in response to her depression and emotional isolation during that season.
At the start of Season 4, Sydney learns that Jack killed Irina. Even though he did it because Irina had hired a hit man to kill Sydney, his action causes yet another rift to form between Jack and his daughter, a rift aggravated when both agents are recruited by Sloane into the new CIA black ops agency, Authorized Personnel Only (APO). By the second half of the season, this rift has begun to heal.
Jack Bristow contracts radiation poisoning during the events of the fourth season episode "Nightingale" when he entered a radioactive area in order to save Sydney's life during a mission. He initially keeps his condition a secret from his APO colleagues except for Marshall (who figures it out and confronts Jack, although Marshall later revealed it to Sydney). Bristow is seen consulting with a doctor who tells him the condition is terminal. Not accepting this prognosis, Jack begins a painful regimen of blood filtering treatments in order to delay the inevitable, and appeared to be experiencing memory loss related to medication; he is also puzzled by the appearance of a mysterious implant in his hand, which his doctor said was designed to regulate the anti-radiation medication.
Jack's doctor and indeed his entire treatment regimen turn out to be hallucinations, and that Jack, his mind affected by the radiation, had been injecting himself with a poison. Further investigation by APO reveals that the hallucinated doctor actually exists. He was a scientist who had developed an experimental treatment for radiation sickness. In the early 1980s, Jack had helped the man escape to Scandinavia. Sydney impersonates Irina to get Jack to reveal the doctor's whereabouts; the man is located and begins a genuine treatment regimen for Jack. During the impersonation, Sydney learned that her father had planned to leave the CIA in order to be a better parent to her and would have done so if her mother had not been revealed as a KGB agent. This did much to assuage Sydney's longstanding concerns about her importance in her father's life.
Jack learns near the end of the fourth season that he had not in fact killed Irina, but had shot a genetically engineered impostor. He subsequently reunited with Irina, who chastised him for being so quick to rush to judgment about her, yet also said that she understood why he had acted to protect Sydney. Following Irina's help in foiling the end game of her sister Elena, Jack decides to let Irina go rather than return her to federal prison. Husband and wife parted with a kiss.
In Season 5, Sydney is expecting her first child. In the absence of Michael Vaughn, the child's father, Jack attends doctor's visits with Sydney and helps her to assemble a crib for his grandchild's nursery. However, he is distracted by the presence of Arvin Sloane within APO, a presence he (as the new director of the black ops unit) has authorized; Sloane's behavior appears dishonest, and although Sloane has admitted some of his lies, Jack remains on his guard.
Jack becomes a grandfather when Irina and he assist Sydney in delivering her daughter, Isabelle.
In the final episode, Jack, Vaughn (recently returned from hiding) and Sydney mount an assault on Rambaldi's tomb in Mongolia where Sloane is in the process of activating The Horizon. Jack and Vaughn are captured by Sark, and when Sydney refuses to surrender The Horizon, Sloane shoots Jack. In retaliation, Sydney shoots Sloane, apparently to death.
Critically wounded, Jack is taken outside and insists that Sydney leave him and go to Hong Kong in order to stop the final player in Rambaldi's endgame - Irina - and his daughter reluctantly obeys. Later, he somehow obtains a belt of explosives and struggles back into the tomb, where Sloane, who has apparently become immortal, has been revived. Telling Sloane, "You beat death, Arvin. But you couldn't beat me," Jack detonates the explosives, killing himself, sealing the tomb and burying Sloane alive.
The episode ends with a flash forward in which Sydney and Vaughn, several years in the future, have named their second child Jack in his honor. (courtesy of Lucas Garrett from the Crossovers Forum)