Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Land of the Five Dollar Shake

The other day I fell down the rabbit hole that was the amazing and absorbing thread on Reddit about fan theories. It's a great but rather long read, so naturally enough, bits and pieces from it were picked out and made a fuss of by other sites. Broadsheet covered one of my favourite ones, which deals with the universe that Quentin Tarantino's films take place in and neatly slots Inglourious Basterds into that universe's history, making it an alternate reality of sorts. I had actually read this theory before on Cracked.com, but managed to completely forget about it, so I got to be amazed all over again.

There have always been indicators that his films are connected, little threads like Red Apple cigarettes and Big Kahuna Burger have drifted by in the background pretty consistently.

Tarantino himself has said that Mr. Blonde from Reservoir Dogs and Vincent Vega of Pulp Fiction are brothers and now it seems he's previously said that he considers From Dusk 'Til Dawn and Kill Bill as movies within that universe. I quite like this point in particular: "Kill Bill, after all, is basically Fox Force Five, right on down to Mia Wallace playing the title role." And it's completely right, once you swap out Budd for Sofie Fatale.

Mia: "Fox Force Five." Fox, as in we're a bunch of foxy chicks. Force, as in we're a force to be reckoned with. Five, as in there's one, two, three, four, five of us. There was a blonde one, Sommerset O'Neal from that show "Baton Rouge", she was the leader. A Japanese one, a black one, a French one and a brunette one, me.


I really like all the little links and references, like Alabama from True Romance being mentioned in passing by Mr. White in Reservoir Dogs. There's also the fact that part of the landscape of Tarantino's Death Proof is the selection of Jungle Julia's billboards peppered along the roadsides promoting her weekday morning show on the local radio station. Each one has a theme of sorts, including...

...a Kill Bill parody, which further feeds into the idea of Kill Bill being part of that reality's pop culture. Ta dah!


  1. That's gas! I never noticed ANY of that.. *shuffles away feeling really unobservant*

  2. Radge - Nicely done.

    CeeCee - I didn't either, sure it's only from reading other people's theories! But it's pretty cool to see all the little threads and connections put together.


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