Unresearched - The Practical Value of the Tommy Westphall Theory

6m | Mar 21, 2021

1988, the final scene of the final episode of St. Elsewhere--to that point, a fairly standard medical drama--upended the entire premise of the six seasons that had preceded it, leaving fans deeply divided.  But showrunner Tom Fontana couldn’t know that, in creating such a controversial scene, he would lay the foundation for a perceptual shift in how some fans view narratives and their landscapes.  A shift that might have been an early contributor to the proliferation of mass, crossover-bound franchises that we enjoy today?

In this first episode of the recorded rantings of Dr. Joe Anderson, come along as we navigate a moderately-trafficked street and consider how Tommy Westphall may have changed the very ways we see narratives!  Or, at least, how he probably changed something...

To enjoy Dr. Joe’s other media rantings--as well as a transcript of this podcast episode--check out Dispatches from the Adventure:

Dr. Joe has also made a few ill-advised forays into visual media!  Check them out on YouTube!:


For an introduction to Tommy’s World, check out Wikipedia!:

And, for the most user-friendly map of the Westphall territory:

Unresearched: the Dispatches from the Adventure Podcast