Of course..."how in the hell could something beam itself?", you may ask.
I mean, once it starts taking itself apart, then it no longer exists for it to put itself back together. Hell, it would probably break, or blow up, half way through even completing the self disintegration.
Well...I actually came up with a techno-bullshit way, but that's for another entry. Suffice it so say...it involves subspace. ;)
Okay, pretty easy actually.
First, mentally combine a transporter with a time-warp.
Imagine you're beamed externally from another source, then, you arrive at your destination, then, you send a beam back in time to your old coordinates to beam yourself, and that's how you got there.
You were the external someone beaming you.
Bam, there you go, no self-disassembling in midstream required.
You were solid, and able to perform the beaming.
Now, stack on extra dimensions, so the whole time-loop occurs at once within one beam.
Goddamn....8 months (from the last review) I've waited for this.
Worth it though, fucking WOW.
Hmm, can't really compare it to Avengers, they're apples and oranges.
They're both the best at what they do.
They cover different ends of the comic book movie spectrum.
Okay, as with Avengers, here's my non-spoiler observations.
Great performances by everyone. Every minor little role had a great actor doing it.
Tom Hardy's Bane is fucking awesome, IMHO, right up there with the Heath Ledger Joker. Very menacing.
In fact, I think Bane makes a better counterpart to Joker than Penguin. Screw Penguin.
Anne Hathaway's Catwoman is great. Possibly the best cinematic one yet.
As you've probably heard, lots of callbacks to the first two, and everything ties up in a nice little bow with the first one.
A LOT of critics and bloggers are saying "not as good as DK". Ssss...I dunno, I think I might like it a teensy bit better... I think those reviewers just can't let go of Heath Ledger.
Yep, this is the end all right.
This summer has been a gift, movies wise.
Now, everyone is interested to see where Batman goes from here.
A reboot, for sure...
But, will they establish a new Batman right away?
Go right to "World's Finest", and/or "Justice League"?
It's all up in the air.
Oh...crap, I guess I gotta address the elephant in the room that is/was the Colorado shooting.
Well...you've heard it all, and said it all amongst yourselves.
The theater I went to was pretty well packed, so...no one's backing down, and being all scared.
Makes me almost have faith in people.
Okay, guess there's not much more left, but to go back, and get leftover pieces...
All right, so in the "subspace", entry, I said....
So "below space", would conceivably be minus some of those. Let's call it "dimension zero".
What would that look like?
Well, taking away time gets a bit hinky, so, let's save it for later.
Well, later is now.
Thought it might emerge in other posts, and it didn't, so, here it is.
It's basically this...
Removing time ends up being the same as warp 10 anyway, since, if everything happens at once, part of that everywhen, is when someone somwhere hits warp 10, so, you're at warp 10, and, it's also during the big bang, when everywhere is in the same place, like warp 10 anyway.
And, in "regular", warp 10, you'd also be in everywhen, because part of everywhere, is all the timewarps everywhere, and one of those has to be a timeless void.
But, every timewarp together would add up to a timeless void anyway.
That's the sort of weirdness you get when you play with infinities.
So, warp 10 is also the ultimate timewarp, and subspace is timeless, and has hypertime properties.
Hence wormholes being able to cross into "mirror universes".
Aaaand, that's that, I guess, time to retro-link that back to part 1.
Damn, two weeks I let these get away from me this time...
I gotta just hurry up, and get these the fuck over with...
So, last time, hammered out the overall outline of the timeline of fiction-land.
So, here's the general history of fiction-land...
The birth of the universe spawns the life essences known as Primus, and Unicron.
The siblings immediately begin to spat.
Somehow, also, Galactus is there.
Second generation stars, and planets begin to form, Primus and Unicron possess, and Genesis-wave, and become the planets Unicron, and Cybertron.
Cybertron/Primus spawns a form of cybernetic life that reproduces by budding, which would become known as The Swarm.
The Swarm vacates Cybertron, second pass at Cybertronian life gives rise to The Quintessons, who later create The Transformers.
Quintessons somehow are involved with enhancing Unicron, and leading to his wave of planetary destruction.
In later accounts, they will mistakenly remember creating him from scratch for some reason.
Primus's spark becomes The Allspark, also known as The Matrix, the wellspring of lifeforce for all Transformers.
It's not known how, or by whom, but an object is constructed as a conduit of Matrix/Allspark energies, and becomes variously known as The Matrix, The Matrix Of Leadership, and The Creation Matrix.
This becomes a weapon against Unicron.
This object would be passed from Autobot leader, to Autobot leader, and would retain their memories, and thus retain a historical archive of the history of the Transformers race.
A glitch in this record causes a different record of the origins of Cybertron.
The race that would become known as The Engineers seeds planet Earth with life.
The race that would become known as The Preservers...also seeds Earth with life.
(From TNG's "the chase", and the implications of TOS's "the paradise syndrome")
(Since there was already grass and stuff on primeval Earth in "Prometheus", I'm going with that Preservers beat Engineers there, and probably even seeded the Engineer's planet)
The Vok, an evolutionary descendant of The Swarm, infused with Matrix energies, timewarped from the future, plays an unknown role in human evolution.
(The implication seems to me...if humans are Vok influenced, then, humans have sparks, sparks are souls, The Allspark is Heaven, Primus is God, Unicron is Satan, and Autobots and Decepticons are demons and angels)
3 million BC-
The Ark spacecraft crash lands on Earth. The Autobots and Decepticons on board go into an internally imposed stasis.
Maximals and Predacons timewarped from the future crash land on Earth, take on animal forms, discover Vok technology, The Ark, make it back to the future.
The Galactica survivors arrive on Earth, further influence human evolution.
(Due to Primus/Vok/Maximals, the cycle of robots, biology, robots, biology had already been running well ahead of the whole Galactica-verse dealie, and indeed, Galactica-verse could be an amnesiac sliver off of that)
(And, if this is so, then, Primus is the long sought after "God", of the Cylon religion)
Space-Jesus nailed to a stick, Engineers get pissed, get ready to genocide the human race.
Their plan fucks up a bit.
Yes, keeds, that's Rocket Raccoon in front of the green chick.
I mentioned him in the Vidya Games review as the possible inspiration for Bucky O'Hare, and Starfox.
Well, no longer is he going to be an obscure character in a back-issues box in a comic shop, he's gonna be up there on the big screen!
...where's my Ambush Bug movie, DC? B-(
Oh, and in Iron Man 3 news, Ben Kingsley is The Mandarin. :D
That gives a nice baseline skeleton for us to build off of.
Throw in the AVP films, they happen in "present day", of whenever they came out, so...AVP1 came out in 2004, buuut, AVP 2 picks up immediately after, even though it came out in '07, so...that's '04 too.
But, due to those, the Predators splice in, and they're likewise within the years they came out, so, 1987, 1990, and 2010, for those.
T2 came out in '91....but Eddie Furlong looks 13, no way John Conner would be that old by '91, but no way '97 would look like '91, and '97 was supposed to be when Judgement Day happens, so...I split the difference, and have that despite his looks, Furlong was playing 10, and it was '94.
T3 happens in '03, and there's no problems there.
T4, the prelude starts in '03, then the main action happens in 2018.
And, the future seen in T1, T2, and T3 is 2029.
The producers wanna give themselves elbow room for sequels with Bale-Conner, I guess.
But, all of that becomes moot from our perspective, because "Sarah Conner Chronicles", created an altered timeline.
Which is handy, cuz there's no other fucking way the AVP films, and a bunch of other stuff could fit in.
A future date was never nailed down for Robocop.
Just a generic "sometime in the future", type future.
We know it's far enough in the future, that advanced cybernetics become possible, but only just, cuz Robo is slow, and clunky, and...it's also not so far in the future that the 80's look hasn't gone away.
And, we know from witnessing the real future, that 80's stuff has cycled back a couple times, and is once again in full bloom.
I gotta go with an alternate 2010's.
90's would've been way too soon, as it came out in '87.
2000's, still too soon, 2010's, just about right.
2020's, then you get into flying cars, and Bladerunner shit.
So, let's put Robocop 1 at 2010.
Robocop 2...looks like some stuff has happened, probably a couple years later, 2012.
Robocop 3, a couple more years for that situation to decay, 2014.
So...Robocop vs Terminator, follows characters and events from 3, also written by Frank Miller, but, the whole "rehab", officer situation has magically gone away, so, another couple years to 2016.
Then, Robocop: Prime Directives, that's obviously sometime after 3, and press materials half-jokingly referenced RVT, so, another couple years, 2018.
This way, the first animated series, and the Marvel comics can cram in between 1-2, the live-action TV show can cram in between 2-3, and the (fairly recent) Frank Miller comics can cram in between 3 and RVT.
And, that fills out just right, and then the overall 8 years from R1 to RPD gives time for Murphy's son to grow up as seen in that story.
And, it butts right up against the T4 future.
Nice symmetry there.
Y'know...I actually think Robocop could be built now.
Just no one has the balls to try it.
We've got guys with artificial legs winning races, artificial hands are amazing now, and scientists have extracted the first images from the visual cortex with an MRI.
And we've already got RC drones fighting our shadow wars.
Just put the pieces together.
Anyway, T2 delayed Judgment Day from 1997 to 2003.
The Sarah Conner Chronicles (TSCC) delayed things to...we don't quite know when, but things were safe in their '07-08, and the AVP films were allowed to occur, ditto Predators, and the Robocops.
Robocop delayed the 2016 version of JD.
But...AVPVT says Judgement Day has to happen, because it's retconned into its past.
Transformers The Movie happens in 2005.
Man, that seemed like a futuristic date back then, didn't it?
What actually happened in '05? Revenge Of The Sith, and Batman Begins hit theaters, and I-Phones were 2 years away.
Nothing on the news about The Cybertronian Wars ending though.
Beast Wars continues off that timeline, 400 years in the future, and 3 million years in the past.
And Trek...actually weaves in pretty well.
Cochrane's time of the 2060's fits into the rebuilding years after The Skynet War, and that can be the WWIII of Star Trek.
Now, there may seem an inconsistency with Alien-verse and Starfleet ships, but, remember, Trek has come across sleeper ships, sleeper ships by their nature can be out of the loop, as the gap from Alien/Aliens shows, and Starfleet has occasionally employed stasis beds, and Starfleet isn't the only game in town in space travel.
So, that's my commentary/buildup, let's display the timeline that results from all this...
Beast Wars (past)- 3 million BC Superman vs Spiderman- 1976 Superman and Spiderman- 1981 Batman vs Hulk- 1981 X-men Teen Titans 1982 Transformers- 1984 Spiderman meets Transformers- 1984 Terminator 1984 Predator- 1987 Predator 2- 1990 Batman vs Predator- 1991 T2- 1994 Batman vs Predator 2- 1995 Superman vs. Aliens 1995 Star Trek/x-men 1996 Judgement day (original, T2) 1997 Batman vs Predator 3- 1997 TNG Xmen- 1998 Batman vs Aliens- 1998 Superman vs. Terminator 1999 Superman vs Predator- 2000 Superman vs Aliens 2- 2002 Batman vs Aliens 2- 2003 T3- 2003 T4- 2003 (beginning) AVP 2004 AVP: Requiem- 2004 Transformers the movie- 2005 Superman and Batman vs Aliens and Predator- 2007 Sarah Conner chronicles- altered 2008-09 from an altered 1994 Predators- 2010 Robocop 2010 Robocop 2 2012 Robocop 3 2014 Robocop vs Terminator 2016 Robocop Prime Directives 2018 Terminator: Salvation- 2018 Weyland TED talk (Prometheus)- 2020 T1, 2, 3, future 2029 Star Trek: First Contact (past) 2063 Prometheus- 2089-2093 Alien- 2129 Enterprise- 2151-2155 Aliens- 2179 Alien 3- 2179 Alien vs Predator(comics) -21??-22?? Star Trek 2265-239? Beast Wars (future)- 24?? Beast Machines- 24?? Alien Resurrection- 2579 Aliens vs Predator vs Terminator- 2582
The origin of The Legion Of Doom into the modern DC animated universe.
So, Vandal Savage brings together Bane, Metallo, Star Sapphire, Cheetah, and Mirror Master into the first lineup for the Legion Of Doom (Lex is absent for some unknown reason), and via hacking the Bat Computer, they learn everyone's secret identities and weaknesses.
Sort of a long retroactive lost-episode of the Justice League show, really.
Enjoyable on a fan level, but nothing I'd pay a ticket price to go see.
An alleged response to the worldview presented in "The Authority", having not read those books, I can't tell if this is a straw-man, it feels like one in my gut, but, if the characters in that are really assholes like in this...then, yeah, fuck 'em.
Now...maybe I'm reading too much into it...but it seems like it's not just knocking "The Authority", but all the water that's gone under the bridge since the 90's, and a bit of the 80's.
Manchester Black feels like he's supposed to represent Alan Moore, which would make Hat Neil Gaiman, Menagerie..looks like Witchblade, so...Image period, probably Todd McFarlane, and Coldast would be...Frank Miller?
He's Marv, but black?
Eh, it kinda breaks down, but I think there might be something to it still...
Anyway, whatever industry politics are hiding there, it's a nice piece of entertainment.
And, getting back to the politics, IMHO, it's good for kids to see.
I'd personally rather they embraced Superman, than be made cynical and mean by the post-9/11 morals presented in shit like "24".
It makes its point, I'm just not sure whether it's a false-dichotomy against what "The Authority", is saying or not, because, again, haven't read it.
As a Superman story, it soars.
As a "movie",...eh, same deal with the JL one, feels like a big TV episode.
As industry comment, judgement reserved.
Probably a discussion better to have in the comments section.
So....those out of the way, we're finally down to Dark Knight.
Here, have a preview.
Watch it before the WB cops kill it.
Yep, Time Warner Cable doesn't wanna carry it anymore.
Apparently, they had a little spat.
Over what, I can only guess....
..so I will.
Time Warner probably came too fast, and Channel 8 was bitchy about having to finish itself off with the vibrator, and then, once in bitch mode, every other unresolved beef trickled in, from food, to bathroom habits, to bills, to in-laws, and Time Warner finally got sick of the shit, grabbed its wallet, and hat, walked out the door, and didn't look back.
So, what does this mean for us, the consumers?
Well, let's see....no more shitty sitcoms....no more shitty Barbara Walters....and...no more...*eyes bug in realization*....no more DR. PHIL!!!!!!
So...like I said way back here 5 months ago, alterni-verses that connect to other alterni-verses merge into that pile of alterni-verses, and since the multiverse is the universe, by transitive property, they're part of that universe.
So...since Marvel and DC hook up to each other, then "Hypertime", "Infinite Earths", "Marvel Multiverse", "Elseworlds", and "What If?", are all the same thing.
And, since Trek splices in, they're all "quantum timelines", and since "the mirror universe", cancels out into a quantum timeline, then "quantum timelines", are all mirror universes.
BUT....the thing about the mirror universe, was how identical it was.
It was different, but, the same.
All the same people, a lot of the same events, it's how the two ships were there at the same time beaming their crews up at the same time for the swap to happen for the episode to happen.
So....that meant, events were happening virtually the same (minus the key differences) up to that point, at least.
So, that means, anything that happens in an alternate time, in whatever franchise (so long as it Bacons back to Trek), (usually) has a parallel in the mainstream timeline.
For example, the JJ-Abrams-Trek is an alternate timeline created by Nero and Spock, so, even though it's not how Kirk and company "really", had their origin story in the "original", timeline...something LIKE it must have happened, so it's close enough.
So, any, say, Trek novel, with a continuity glitch in it, can be explained away as an alternate timeline, and, since in the "proper", timeline, something like it very probably happened, the differences don't really make too much of a difference.
Alternate time just becomes a correction mechanism.
Or, look at say, Tenchi Muyo, alternate timelines all over the place, and then, Washu has an alternate timeline generator machine, and...that story was a recycled plot of a radio drama set in the OVA universe.
So, you could say Tenchi In Tokyo, and the manga series, are alternate timelines branched off of that one episode of Tenchi Universe, but, that episode is an alternate timeline off of an OVA-verse story.
But....all of those particular events could have all just as easily happened to the OVA-verse characters, with differences that aren't worth mentioning.
Indeed, they could be distorted recollections from Mihoshi's bimbo-brain ala "The Mihoshi Special".
For sharting out "radical feminist theory", onto the world in the first place, and doing her damnedest to destroy human happiness wherever she could get her bipolar mitts on it.
I haven't danced on many graves, but hers was one of them.
I remember the occasion quite clearly.
Her, and a couple middle eastern madmen, that's it.
I'm very picky and sparing with it.
Ah, but that was then, this is now.....
A schmucky loser asking you out "for coffee", isn't sexual harassment.
Internet trolls are stupid assholes, but they aren't rapists.
Snap out of it, and get on with your life, you dorky goofball.
Of course, I begin to think "coffee man", never existed, and this whole deal has been a nasty political machination from day one.
Okay, I fib a little there.
I always thought it.
Frankly, and you may have picked up on this, I don't think too highly of most people.
I find them to be nasty, exploitative, opportunistic, grasping little primates, not much higher in the cultural scale than bonobos.
This shit's par for the course.
It just disappoints when it comes from "people who should know better", though.
Guess I got some more growing up to do.
I don't think I'm naive, by any means, but shit like this keeps biting me in the ass regardless.
I used to think a lot better of her, I really, really did.
She was on my Facebook feed and everything.
Then, she played her hand as yet another wolf-in-sheep's-clothing, pseudo-liberal.
Another of these Tipper Gore style Nazi book burners, right out of the Dworkin playbook.
And that's what this all is, it's chess moves of a branch of "liberalism", that doesn't believe in liberty, it never did, they think they can brainwash and ban their way to utopia, and I'm really fed up to nauseous with people like this.
Can't fucking take any fucking more.
This one really rocked me to my core.
Pulled the rug out from under me.
He was up on my atheistic heroes list along with Richard Dawkins.
He stood up against the whole "Expelled", mess.
That was legendary.
Ah, what golden days those were....
Well, forget all that, because now, now, he's fucking banning people off of a place called "Freethought Blogs".
Savor the irony.
Well, not even, he doesn't actually hold the ban button, he's a greasy little squealer.
Oh, wait, Thunderf00t didn't do anything actually wrong, so, he's a lying squealer.
I dunno, for awhile, I was holding on to "if PZ ever comes back to his old self, and realizes what he's done...geez, how can he live with himself? :(".
Fuck that naivete, I gave you a whole year, PZ, time's up, you're just a schmoe.
A schmoe, a schmuck, and a schmendrick.
Off my blogroll and Facbook you go.
Yeah, I'm sure you're heartbroken....
The goober who actually pushed the ban button.
Yeah, this one stunned me too.
He kinda devotes himself to raging against oppression and intolerance when it comes from the right wing.
You'd...think he'd sniff out whats going on.
Had him on my blogroll and Facebook, no more *kerflushhh*.
This whole fuckin' thing.
...no idea who this fucking person is, actually.
His name keeps coming up, I haven't quite been able to sift his role in things out of the tornado yet.
Skimmed his blog, he vaguely seems like a twit, but...is he a capricious twit?
A wicked twit?
I don't know.
But, he's in the stew somehow....and he's not spoken of highly...
Ah, he throws violent threats around.
But, his, unlike Youtube yahoos, are a-okay.
Well, this becomes more charming and lovely by the moment...
The good guys
Hope they stay that way....
Eh, his Youtube vids come come off a little shrill sometimes, but....his heart always seemed in the right place.
Never disagreed too much with what he said.
I don't see any actual wrongdoing on his part in this kerfuffle.
Maybe someone could illuminate me.
With what I know so far, this looks like a total railroading.
Miranda Celeste Hale
A "gender traitor", according to Ophelia Benson.
Yeah, you know when bullshit phrases like that get thrown around, you're dealing with zealots.
If I could afford liposuction, a face transplant, a gym membership, and a chip in my head that makes me able to withstand gobs and gobs of poems, I'd ask her out for coffee.
As it is, *peeks in wallet, moth flys out* I'm strapped.
So, I'll keep my evil entitled patriarchal harassment to myself like a good boy.
Probably should anyway.
Yes, it's good that I'm not happy.
Thank you, liberals.
What a great world all this fear and sadness is making.
Good job, heroes.
Thrown under the bus.
This really chaps my ass.
It's...it's, I dunno, it's like the army gunning Mary Poppins out of the sky, you...just don't DO that!
What the fuck???
So, anyway, she wrote this, and has earned the ire and venom of the Dworkinites, and their zombie minions.
She's holding up rather well though.
For (with the exception of one snarky comment) staying out of this fracas.
Man, the shit that comes at him, and he stays steady and sane no matter what.
I wish I could learn to be more like him.
Instead of this spastic nut who writes angry blogs.
Ah, well, coming up on 37, probably too late.
Okay, so, he's stayed out of it by being...well, dead.
But, if he were here, he probably would have compressed absolutely the right thing to say into one sentence, and blown up FTB with a puff of ciggy smoke, and this would be over months ago.
As it is...well...
Yeah, so, that's the whole stupid soap opera, really.
Sad that something so fucking dumb at its core threatens to ruin everything.
Really hoped this movement was gonna make a difference, and fix some things.
I mean, really?
Rad-fem bullshit brings it down?
Well, let's see....60's counter-culture, the 70's sexual revolution, activist atheism, what else can it destroy?
Oh, yeah, it can't seem to bring down actual patriarchal psychopathy in barbarian shithole nightmare countries.
That, it doesn't even touch.
Fucking weird, that bit, huh?
Hokay, was supposed to hammer this out Thursday, but then, people unexpectedly started getting their books (here, & here), and that necessitated a little change, and then, all of that had to be funneled into The Big 4th Anniversary, then, that led to another little change, and...with all that flurry of excitement, I wasn't too inspired for anything else.
Well, we're back into the daily routine now, so, let's finish this sucker up.
Where were we?
Gods, wizards, wands, spellbooks, and Lovecraft.
So, last time, I used "quantum time", or "hypertime", or, whatever you wanna call it, to break down...pretty much all of fiction as splinter timelines off of Trek.
And if they're part of Trek, Trek physics applies to them.
Which, all fits in fine.
The only seeming prickly exception, being magic.
To sum it up, nothing unreal exists, anything that can happen does, and science is the study of things that are real, so if magic presented itself, it would become part of science.
There can be no appeal to things that are "beyond science".
To do so, is a fundamental misunderstanding of language, and indeed, thought itself.
There can only be things that aren't yet scientifically understood.
And, when you think about that, a frigging cigar lighter, or a Kindle, would look magical to a caveman.
And...we still pretty much have people as ignorant as cavemen, go read some fucking Youtube comments sometime.
Minds like that probably think what David Copperfield does is fucking real.
Shit, we know people bought into Ms. Cleo.
So, an advanced extraterrestrial shows up with a replicator on a stick?
Forget about it, they'd be instantly worshiped, and have their own cable channel, and be leaching money from the credulous by the end of the week.
And that's even before you factor in extra-dimensional beings from funky-space, like Q, and Nagilum, and the Cytherians, and possibly Trelane, and his parents.
Beings who, by their very physical properties, would be able to perform feats seeming as magic to teeny little monkeys like us.
So....that can just as well apply to all the splinter fictions branching out of, and into Trek.
Aliens, hyper-beings, and the odd time-traveler, explain pretty much all of it.
All right, I gotta sit down, and resolve the theological B.S. right here....
These religions just can't co-exist with each other. Literally, as in the actual respective Gods vying for status in a co-existing universe. They just can't.
The God of Christianity/Catholicism, and some mutant spinoff of Roman stuff? Nope. Sorry.
Either you got one God with many masks, which makes him a capricious Mxyzptlk on steroids, and unworthy of anyone's worship, or, and this is the one I'm going with, none of the "Gods", are God, but advanced extraterrestrials playing at being Gods, like Thor.
That these characters can all be Baconed back to Thor, kinda puts these disparate theologies under those rules anyway.
That's how Marvel always handled it, and as a Marvel boy, that's how I'm going to.
So, any character, like Avengelyne, claiming to serve "the one true God", is a dupe, and their "God", a liar, or deceived their own selves. Especially when confronted with a character empowered by another God, who can hold their own against them.
Sorry ladies, you should have served Crom. Crom literally doesn't give a shit. I can respect that in a God.
So, to steal a line from Douglas Adams, that about wraps it up for God(s).
As for your average "wizard", well, they seem to basically be a human being playing with "God", technology.
Yeah, you've got your odd immortal, like Gandalf....but imbuing a human with immortality seems fairly doable with God-tech.
Although, there are hints from his "rebirth", from Gandalf The Grey, to Gandalf The White, that he may in fact be an extraterrestrial, whole cloth.
Harry Potter magic isn't all vague hokum, and spookum, it has definite rules that have to be taught at a school.
It's got a physics, a chemistry, even a dimensional mechanics.
Indeed, Hogwart's is accessed through a kind of warp/wormhole.
And, that world's magical items seem like technologies we have now with a slight boost.
The animated newspapers, and photos, and maps, and the like, are much like the E-paper in a Kindle.
Just with smoother animation, sometimes color, an invisible battery and circuit panel, and (seemingly) unlimited battery life.
Whos' to say this isn't all just tech gotten from aliens, or time-travelers?
Indeed, a limited form of time travel is seen in the series.
Very much of the story plays out like a mix of Trek and Wars dressed up in the trappings of classic fantasy.
And, if Harry Potter and Gandalf can be broken down that way, then so too Merlin, and everything he spins off into.
Which, is quite a bit.
Hell, large chunks of "The Flight Of Dragons", are about the protagonist trying to scientifically understand magical beings.
So, if magic is just advanced tech, which I assert it is, then...appeals lately in fiction, particularly for some reason, video games, to "technology combined with magic", are pure nonsense.
You definitively get a dose of this in the crossover "epic", "Infestation".
The crossover of the 4 universes is accomplished by a sort of Stargate, but empowered with magic to boot.
Well, screw that empty verbal puffery, magic is tech, and a wormhole is a wormhole.
And, a wormhole is all ya fuckin' need.
Why gild the lily?
And then, in the sequel, you've got the crossover accomplished by the magical reach of Cthulhu's hyper-dimensional tentacles.
Well, there you go, he's hyper-dimensional.
He's a squiddy analog to Q, Nagilum, Trelane, etc, etc.
Or, if you like, an uglier squishier, Mxyzptlk.
It's all the same.
In "Army Of Darkness vs. Re-Animator", Ash learns (from the ghost of Lovecraft) that his Necronomicon is one of many copies of the original Lovecraftian Necronomicon, some of which, are scattered across hyperspace.
So, "Deadites", are in fact people/corpses possessed/animated by hyper-dimensional Cthulhu butt-babies.
So, that makes Jason a super-Deadite, and Freddy...well, he was revealed in "Freddy's Dead", to have been possessed/empowered at his moment of fiery death by "dream demons", which, since they're now ret-conned into Cthulhu butt-babies, and Freddy's original body got burned away....makes him a human neural pattern conveyed by extraterrestrial organisms existing in a layer of subspace that can make neural contact with human brains during REM sleep.
And, this mongrel of human neural energy, and subspace alien, can manifest in the flesh, as seen in Nightmares 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8.
....or is it all a dream?
But, the original recipe Deadites can also blur the lines of dream, and physical manifestation, as seen in "Evil Dead 2".
Also, Pinhead Bacons over, and "the Lament configuration", is obviously a hyper-dimensional technology, and "Leviathan", a hyper-dimensional lifeform.
A Cthulhu butt-baby?
An alternate hyper-time Cthulhu manifestation?
Some other thing entirely?
Hard to say.