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One of the most interesting things about the internet are the bonkers conspiracy theories that are spouted on every imaginable subject. While a lot of these can be quite damaging, the ones that propose weird theories about television shows or movies are relatively harmless, and can help us see something we’ve watched dozens of times in a completely new light. With this in mind, we’ve compiled five of our favourite TV and film conspiracy theories. Strap in!
The Fight Club theory can be affixed to numerous movies, but is usually undone as soon as it is made. The idea that Ferris Bueller is a mere figment of side-kick Cameron’s fever-dreamed imagination actually holds considerable weight, and makes repeat viewings of the film that much more fun.
In this theory Cameron lies ill in bed – either after a mental breakdown, or a simple illness – imagining his adventures if “Ferris,” his cool alter-ego, steals his dad’s car and picked up Sloane – a girl Cameron is in love with, but has never dared to talk to. In his dreams, he is confident, invincible, and can seemingly traverse Chicago in a way impossible to those who know its actual geography.
The glimpses of Cameron’s family life show a controlling, emotionally-stunted father, who becomes the object of Cameron’s revenge fantasy.
Some supporters of this theory claim Cameron smashes the front of the car while in a fugue state, and sheds his imaginary friends upon becoming lucid enough to face his father on his own. The improbably-placed “Save Ferris” signs around the city add to the sense the entire film is a figment of Cameron’s warped imagination.
This is one of the greatest Star Wars nerd fan theories in existence, mostly due to how radically it recasts two of the most placid, and lovely characters in the universe.
The theory stems from scenes in Star Wars Episode Three, during which C-3PO’s memory is erased, making plausible his ignorance of Luke and co. upon their initial meeting in Episode Four: A New Hope. Surprisingly, R2-D2’s memory is kept intact, meaning he would have known who Luke was in A New Hope, despite never letting on. Similarly, Chewbacca teams up with Yoda in Episode Three, fighting alongside him then, yet appears not to know anything upon meeting up with Luke and Obi Wan.
So, why would they feign ignorance? As they were double-agents, of course, working for the Rebellion. R2-D2, after all, directly leads Luke to Obi Wan, who takes him to meet up with Han Solo and… Chewie. The plot thickens, Chewie and R2D2 are reunited, and the beeps aren’t all they seem…
It’s almost too perfect. The hapless Hal Wilkerson from Malcolm in the Middle settled into his final chapter of life, after a reckless few years as maniacal drug kingpin Walter White, who slid from affable doormat to morally bankrupt criminal genius over a number of punishing years before giving up the game, becoming an informant and disappearing from his previous life. Now, as Hal his biggest struggles are herding the three kids into the back of the van for school and soccer drop-off.
Hal and Walter have similarities beside the physical. (Hal’s wife, played by Jane Kaczmarek, and Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn share more than a passing resemblance, too). Hal is prone to outbursts of anger, and he is also crafty when the situation calls for it, although we can’t see him operating with the calculated coldness of Walter White. Still, in season one of Breaking Bad, the same could have been said for Walter himself.
This theory was so popular that Bryan Cranston and his former Malcolm in the Middle co-star Jane Kaczmarek shot an alternate ending poking fun at this.
This theory wasn’t touted by some crazy SATC fan; in fact it was Sarah Jessica Parker herself who first floated this theory, on an episode of the popular Nerdist podcast. Parker was discussing a similar (above) theory regarding her husband Matthew Broderick’s film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, when she dropped the bombshell, claiming the friends are nothing more than a “literary conceit” invented by her character: sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw.
“I used to wonder if Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda were real,” she explained to host Chris Hardwick. “That that wasn’t just her column, because they’re such perfectly archetypal characters. So you’re writing a column about sexual politics and observations of female/male, primarily, heterosexual relationships, so you’re picking one type. You’re saying ‘this type is this and this,’ and then you complicate it more, like any good writer does.
“So I’m not entirely sure they are actually real,” she concluded, casually blowing apart the world as we know it.
But what about the many conversations she has with the ladies, often in front of third parties who openly interact with both real Carrie and fake… let’s say, Charlotte. SJP has a theory about this, too.
“She is among them because that’s her way of infiltrating story and affecting story too, to have her own actions affect those friendships and document their response. What we are seeing isn’t necessarily what happened in New York City.”
This one popped up online late last year, and suggested that Sandy drowned on the beach during the dreamy summer sequence at the start of the film, with the remainder of the movie taking place in a traumatised Danny Zuko’s head.
In his dreams, he images life with the pure Aussie girl, reinventing their origin story, with one key twist. “I saved her life, she almost drowned,” he sings in the musical number ‘Summer Nights’, recasting himself a hero, the type who would win car races for pink slips at Thunder Road, conquer the big Rydell High dance-off, and embark upon the other, dream-like happenings in the film. The final maudlin number in which Sandy bids “goodbye to Sandra Dee” before transforming into a leather-clad bad girl, and – most telling – floats into the heavens with Danny by her side, helps add weight to this rumour.
Of course, there are numerous, more-concrete reasons why this theory doesn’t really hold water, but I guess we are just really hoping there is a deeper meaning to a film with the message: “You need to change who you are, and what you believe (and maybe take up smoking), in order to find love and be accepted.”
Posted by Nathan Jolly
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