By DYLAN GOWAN.

 

Universes man, universes.

It wasn’t all that long ago that pretty much every movie and TV show stood on its own. You could watch one show and the happenings on another show wouldn’t affect it in the slightest.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it is awesome how all the Marvel movies exist in the same universe and that ‘The CW DC Universe’ is a thing. But I fear we are walking a dangerous path.

Are all TV shows on the air going to start existing in the same universe? Is what happens on the latest episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic going to directly impact the latest episode of Agent Carter? Will Zero Matter start becoming a problem for the ponies of Ponyville? Will Twilight Sparkle build a time machine to travel back to 1940s LA to help Peggy Carter and her team stop Zero Matter from being used for evil? Am I going to have to actually start watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic?

Probably not. But with the ever-growing popularity of the shared universe, let’s imagine what things could be like if more shows existed in the same universe.

 

#1: Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and The Walking Dead

Ah, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide gave us so much good advice as children, like “September = Summer, so don’t wear winter clothes.” Meanwhile, The Walking Dead often reads like a ‘what not to do in case of a zombie apocalypse’.

But imagine if these two shows crossed over!

The world is overrun with zombies, but James K. Polk Middle School is a safe haven, thanks to Ned’s Declassified Zombie Survival Guide. Rick and team hear wind of this and are eager to learn from Ned, the zombie aficionado.

Sure, there would be some issues, like, all the kids from Ned’s are grown up now – it ended almost ten years ago – and the actress who played Suzy Crabgrass is actually on The Walking Dead now… but it could work!

 

#2: iZombie and Veronica Mars

This needs to happen. Two of the best things Rob Thomas has ever done, collide.

Maybe Liv goes on holiday in Neptune but doesn’t bring enough brains with her to keep herself sane. Thankfully Ravi is friends with the local medical examiner and Liv is able to score some sweet grey matter. It turns out though that the brain is that of a victim of a case that Veronica Mars is working on and the two team up in one of the most glorious team ups in history.

 

#3: Spongebob Squarepants and Rick and Morty

This could be very good, or very bad. It definitely has the potential to ruin childhoods. Maybe Rick craves a hamburger and thus teleports himself, and Morty of course, to Bikini Bottom in order to aide Plankton in stealing the Krabby Patty secret formula. All is going to plan, until Morty becomes embroiled in a secret love affair with Mr Krab’s daughter Pearl and it all turns into one weird Romeo and Juliet situation.

 

 

#4. Gilmore Girls and Hart of Dixie

“Ah, a natural pairing…” you think, “where somehow the Gilmores run into Zoe Hart and drink coffee and stuff.”

No, I’m thinking sci-fi.

Yes, really.

Have you ever taken a close look at Stars Hollow and Bluebell? They are the exact same place. I propose that Stars Hollow and Bluebell exist in parallel universes and one night there’s a freak lightning storm in Bluebell and Zoe finds herself seeking cover under the town gazebo. A bolt of lightning flashes from the sky and knocks her out cold. In the morning Zoe wakes up only to find herself in Stars Hollow, with the whole town standing over her, wondering where she came from.

I give permission for this plotline to be used in the Netflix reboot of Gilmore Girls.

 

#5. Revenge and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

This would be a more natural pairing than you would think. Yes, the two series are set 20 years apart and both are now off the air, but let’s just imagine that they weren’t, OK?

So like, I’m thinking that the Banks family are good friends with the Graysons and pop over to the Hampton’s for one of Victoria’s big parties. Will gets into some mischief (as per usual) and gets in the way of one of Emily’s plans to ruin the Graysons for what they did to her father.

Emily explains everything to Will, who decides to join her in her crusade, since he knows what it’s like to grow up without a father.

Will becomes an invaluable part of the team, until he tragically dies in season three.

 

Hmmm. Maybe my fears weren’t as grounded as I thought.

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