Past Narrative String Theory posts
Another great set of walls from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montréal/Square Enix, 2016): a conspiracy wall that leads to the underground paper, Samizdat, which has its own walls and a series of conspiracy publications throughout the game.
An amazing real-world example, from the University of South Dakota: link.
A nice quiz from New York magazine’s Vulture: “Pop Quiz: Can You Identify Crazy Conspiracy Theory Walls From Movies and TV?” (2011): link
A classic motel-room wall, created by the amazingly-named DJ Fingablast, from The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt s04e03 (Netflix, 2018).
Thor’s figuring it all out in Team Thor: While You Were Fighting: A Thor Mockumentary, a short set after Captain America: Civil War (dirs. The Russos, 2016).
A good explainer of “soukanzu” (相関図), which shows character relationships, at Kotaku.
Mike Yard’s “The Y-Files” from the sadly defunct The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central, 2015-16). Here, Mike Yard shows how Pokémon Go is government distraction from Black Lives Matter. “Wake Up, Sheeple!” (link).
A truly lovely example, connected by crimson riboon, in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (dir. Guy Ritchie, 2011).
Two fun examples from Gravity Falls s02e01 and s02e11, respectively (Disney, 2014-15).
Coverage of string theory walls by Richard Benson, under the title “Deconding the Detective’s ‘Crazy Wall” (23 January 2015); not sure “crazy wall” really covers it, but some good examples within and a fun lead illustration: link.
A truly lovely example from the opening credits of A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix, 2017-18), link.
It certainly seems all connected (in the darkest possible way) between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica; illustration from the Vox article, “Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis keeps growing” (link).
It’s all connected to the Papyrus font, as discovered by Ryan Gosling, in this Saturday Night Live short from season 43 (2017).
Pod Save American podcast episode, “Hold My Putter” (Feb 19, 2018, link), during which the hosts describe a conspiracy theory that involves trechcoats and red string, approx. 16:30-19:00.
The very strange music video for They Might Be Giants’ new track “The Greatest” (2018) features an obsessive making a voodoo-doll version of Nick Offerman, having also created a stalker-style wall: link.
The Joker (Jack Napier version) has a nice, obsessive Batman collection in Batman: White Knight #1 (DC, December 2017), cover and interior of #2 (DC, January 2018), along with a nice Batcave in issue #3 (DC, Feburary 2018).
The Flop House podcast crew describes trying to make meaning from the film Bright (dir. David Ayer, 2017), via a trip to the craft store for string and supplies to make a conspiracy/evidence board; around minutes 56:00-58:00: link.
A police-evidence version, as the cops piece it together in The End of the F**king World s01e06 (Netflix, 2017).
From the priview coverage of the it’s-all-connected miniseries, The Looming Tower (Hulu, 2018) in The Atlantic: link.
A boy’s collection of the nearly-nonsensical “lore” of previous Pirates of the Caribbean films as the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (dirs. Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg, 2017).
Ethan Hunt’s conspiracy wall in the dummy Cuba apartment, in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (dir. Christopher McQuarrie, 2015), later deconstructed for Benjie to examine.
A lovely, moody wall from the excellent Dark s01e02 (Netflix, 2017), a bonus cave-system map being perused, very close to Stranger Things, season 2 (Netflix, 2017).
The transition screens in The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (NeocoreGames, 2013).
Charlie’s excellent “Pepe Silvia” rant from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia s04e10 (FX, 2008).
It’s even more connected as a multi-phase franchise in South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft, 2017).
From “The Voices in Blue America’s Head, (November 22, 2017), in The New York Times Magazine, on the political podcast company, Crooked Media
From the beginning of South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft, 2017).
The header image to The New York Times piece, “After Decades of Silence, Small-Town Newspaper Revives Missing Woman's Case“ (November 17, 2017) features a related style of board: link.
Courtesy of Rep. Louie Gohmert, it’s apparently all connected in real life as well…or at least it is on this chart: source.
A board from the Chicago lair in Stranger Things s02e07 (Netflix, 2017), “The Bite." Note that the entire episode draws very heavily from Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles.
Will’s scribbled drawings begin to come together, taking over the whole house, in this interesting variation from Stranger Things s02e04 (Netflix, 2017), “The Sauna Test” and s02e05 (Netflix, 2017), “The Source.”
Baby Driver (dir. Edgar Wright, 2017) features a few planning scenes with chalkboard diagrams drawn by Kevin Stacey’s character Doc, a mix of diagramming and Grand Theft Auto V’s (Rockstar Games, 2013) heist boards.