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Comic Books, Film
For all the misgivings I have about the shared Marvel Movie Universe – which pretty much comes down to “It’s all fun now, but it’ll probably seem like a drag ten movies down the line, just like the comics” – I have to admit, there really is a thrill in seeing characters from one place suddenly pop up where you least expect them. In fact, I have to admit, if I had my way, movies and television shows would crossover much more often than they already do – and here are five examples of what I’d want to see.
Psych Vs. Leverage
Both are con shows of varying stripes, with Psych‘s con much more of a long game, but also much more on the straight-and-narrow than Nate, Sophie and the kids of the Leverage crew. And yet, what if they ended up on the different sides of the same case – It’d be Shawn and Gus on the wrong side, of course, keeping with their bumbling idiots with really good luck theme – and the Leverage team decided to reveal the truth behind his little psychic scheme to give them the upper hand? I’ll tell you what would happen: televisual greatness.
Okay, so Olivia, Peter and Walter have already investigated sightings of the same man throughout history – That would be the Observer, of course – but what’s to say that they wouldn’t stumble across numerous recorded mentions of an upbeat optimist that sometimes wears a fez and his magic disappearing blue box throughout human evolution? Add to that the possibility of seeing Walter trying to retroengineer a Cyberman, and I can’t see how anyone could resist.
Two words: Decepticon Borg.
Okay, so it’d take some kind of weird explanation that I’m sure would be torn apart by hordes of upset fans, but when you have an unstoppable cyborg villain just sitting there unused in Star Trek – Although I have no idea whether that’d be the case in the new reboot universe; for all I know, they’re at the heart of the still-unfinished sequel – and giant unstoppable robots in disguise in Transformers, and both franchises are currently being written by the same people, it’s a no-brainer only thwarted by copyright and more sensible minds that this hasn’t happened yet.
Nikita/Chuck/Covert Affairs/Every Other Spy Show That’s Been On TV Recently
Again, another no-brainer because, come on, just how many shadowy governmental conspiracies can there really be? Just tie them all together in one massive storyline that crosses between any show that relies on that cliche by saying that they’re all different facets of the same conspiracy – and then bring in someone completely out of left field to be the guy in charge. That’s right, I’m saying that it’s the President, and the true name of his conspiracy is The Secret Empire. Someone call Captain America!
(Somewhere, the comic geeks in the audience are feeling superior to everyone else, who has no idea what I’m talking about.)
Community/Two And A Half Men
Really, I’d just like to think that the cast of Community could make the Charlie Sheen carwreck funny somehow. I’d settle for the cast of Parks and Recreation doing the visit instead, as well. Hell, I’d even accept the cast of 30Rock at this point. Just someone, please.
But that’s enough of my fan-fic inspired rantings: What shows/movies would you want to see face off against each other? Go use those comments to vent your spleens.