Is ‘The X-Files’ Just a Dream? The Elliot Carlin Theory

We’ve all heard of the Tommy Westphall Theory of television — where many of the shows across TV history take place in the mind of St. Elsewhere’s autistic Tommy Westphall. But what if that’s too simple — what if these shows fell into not one, but TWO realities: One the “real” world, and the other a “dream” world forming that reality’s collective unconscious? I call it the Elliot Carlin Theory, and I swear it even makes sense.

The Off Week” is a series of videos produced by Nerd & Tie in the weeks where we aren’t producing a full length podcast. The goal is to raise questions and make you think about things that you’ve maybe taken for granted.

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

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