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  • Loophole (Score:2, Insightful)

    The child who daydreamed St. Elsewhere could have been daydreaming about "real" people that he/she knew. In fact, people usually do daydream about real people.

    Therefore, the characters that crossed over could have been based on the real people the child knew or had observed.

    • Yeah, but the specific crossovers, at least, never happened.

      If those crossovers never happened and aren't referenced in any way, shape, or form by the rest of the series in question, then it could be argued that somehow it was a daydream. But a character from St. Elsewhere (assuming that it was really meant to be whole cloth fiction) showing up on another series pretty much means either that episode (and, usually, that means the series) is part of the dream or else it's not part of the series.

      Of course, it's all just TV...but I've been curious what all these attempts to produce an internally consistent narrative across multiple shows would eventually result in. This is reminiscent of quantum wave mechanics, in the sense that where (and what) you "measure" determines how much you know about the rest, etc.

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