2160: Ken Burns Theory
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Some fiction writers and filmmakers set some or all of their works in a common universe. When it's not obvious that several works from the same author are set in the same fictional universe, some fans may try to find a way to relate them to a common storyline (such as the examples of fan theories described in this Mental Floss article).
Ken Burns is an American filmmaker renowned for his historical documentaries. Therefore all his documentary series are set in a common universe, the real one, and usually a single part of it, the United States in the last two centuries. The series mentioned are
- The Civil War (miniseries), covering the history of the American Civil War (1861-1865), released in 1990.
- The Vietnam War (TV series), covering the history of the Vietnam War (1955-1975), released in 2017.
- Baseball (TV series), covering the history of baseball from the 1840s to the 1990s, released in 1994.
The joke here is that Cueball is trying to find the common features between Ken Burns' series to set them in a common universe, as a fiction fan would do, "discovering" similarities between series that are just well-known facts in American history. For example, several series have an office named "President", which Cueball "guesses" to be the same, and which obviously is just the President of the United States. Cueball has also drawn inferences from facts established in one series to draw conclusions about another, when he (correctly) concludes that the 1960s protesters depicted in Baseball were protesting "Johnson's war" as depicted in The Vietnam War.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, mentioned in the title text, is a famous historian who has written biographies of several U.S. Presidents. She is also a fan of baseball's Boston Red Sox and a sportswriter who appeared in the Baseball miniseries. Since very few famous historians are also sportswriters, Cueball concludes that Burns was "unrealistic" in tying the two "characters" together.
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[Cueball is standing next to Megan.]
- Cueball: Lincoln was "President" in The Civil War (1990), the same office held by Johnson in The Vietnam War (2017).
- Cueball: And Baseball (1994) briefly showed 1960s "protesters." I think they were protesting Johnson's war!
- Cueball: It all fits!
[Caption below the comic:]
I have a fan theory that every Ken Burns miniseries exists within a single cohesive universe.
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