Is Hannibal Buress the Architect of Eric Andre’s Pain? The Fan Theory No One Asked For

If you aren't familiar with it, The Eric Andre Show is a post-modern talk show starring Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress, two comedians who are either parodying a late night show or trying to escape one. In its description of the show, Hulu describes it as the "most manic and unorthodox late night talk show ever …

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Some Commenters Just Want to Watch the Internet Burn

A strange thing happened today. Those of you who have read this blog with any regularity will recall my True Detective review in which I offered a fan theory about the fate of Ross Geller's son, Ben. It was a strange blog post, in that it ended up being a theory about a show I haven't …

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The Real Ending of Breaking Bad: No One is Okay

With Saul Goodman once again gracing our televisions as of last week, it's a good time to reflect on Breaking Bad. Specifically, on its final episode, the polarizing finale entitled "Felina." Of course, many people loved the finale. But, on the other hand, there were those who found no satisfaction in it. Or, more accurately, they …

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The Most Important Ross Geller Analysis of 2015

With the year ending, it's time to write and reflect about something that I had never thought about until 2015: the Friends character Ross Geller, portrayed by David Schwimmer. During August of this year, I wrote an article in which I suggested that perhaps Ross lost custody of his son, Ben Geller, in the later …

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Commenters Gonna Comment: Responses to a Ross Geller Fan Theory

After several waves of intermediate virality regarding a theory about Friends, this blog and its author have received some very entertaining feedback, through the legions of recappers, bloggers, and commenters that have thoughts and feelings regarding my suggestion that Ross Geller was an inept father who lost custody of his son. My initial response, when reading some …

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Does Every Episode of The Simpsons Take Place in a Different Universe?

It's Halloween season, which means all the usual trappings that come with this time of year: pumpkins, corn mazes, shockingly-early Christmas advertisements, and the annual "Treehouse of Horror" episode of The Simpsons. "Treehouse of Horror" is a pillar of The Simpsons, referred to by The AV Club as "a reliably inventive exercise in non-canonical Simpsons …

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Can Spectre Disprove the “James Bond is a Brainwashed Codename” Theory?

If there is one fan theory I love above all others, it's that James Bond is a codename. I've written about this extensively, including my own unique take on it, which is that James Bond is a codename given to every agent who has been brainwashed into believing that: his name is James Bond, it …

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The Net is Buzzed and Full of Feeders: On Plagiarism and Ideas and Open Letters

What is it to plagiarize in the age of the internet? What is it to steal? The Open Letter I read this open letter from comedian Davon Magwood, posted on his WordPress blog. I discovered it because someone else I follow tweeted about it. In the open letter, he says: "I shouldn’t have to asked to …

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True Detective vs. Friends: Did Ross Geller Lose Custody of His Son?

Enjoy fan theories? Check out more fan theories here, or buy D. F. Lovett's novel The Moonborn here.  A recent scene in True Detective got me thinking about something I haven't thought about in a long time: Friends. In probably the saddest scene of the second season, Ray Velcoro and his son Chad eat pizza in silence …

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Yes, Indeed, James Bond is a Codename (And Skyfall Proved it)

Is James Bond a code name? James Bond is a codename, but James Bond doesn't know that it's a codename. Because the man who knows himself as James Bond has been brainwashed. And all the answers live within the 2012 film Skyfall. For decades, there has been an ongoing debate over the continuity of the James …

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