Clerks : View Askew Universe Question

View Askew Universe Question

So, I'm a new Kevin Smith fan. I love his films but the ones that stick me the most is the ones that are less silly-adventure types and more the grounded based comedies like CHASING AMY, CLERKS, CLERKS 2 etc.

Now, since Jay and Silent Bob appear in most of the VA universe, how would you place the many different films by tone? Cause I can't imagine all the silly things that happened in Jay and Silent Strike Back actually took place in the same universe as Clerks.

Based on tone I'd say:

GROUNDED
- Clerks
- Clerks 2
- Chasing Amy

SILLY ADVENTURES
- Dogma
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
- Mallrats (way too silly and slapsticky to be with the Clerks gang)

I tend to imagine that the whole Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is just their version of the *beep* that happened to them. They were stoned and probably imagined most of the event that occured. But Jay did have a "Justice" shirt in Clerks 2 so I dunno.... Anyone?

"You built a time machine....out of a DeLorean?"

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How is mallrats not grounded enough lol??

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I've thought about this before. The silliness mixed with the serious.
Could kind of be like chasing amy jay & bob.
Collecting royalties.
The silly adventures are the legends.

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They are all part of the same Universe tho.

Examples:

-In Clerks II, when Jay says they have the $50,000 is because they still have money left from all the movie royalties Banky gave them in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

-The Moooby character was introduced in Dogma and later as a Restaurant Chain in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II.

-The "Nails" Cigarettes were introduced in posters in the background on Dogma and later as a Restaurant Chain in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II.

-When you buy the Criterion Edition of Chasing Amy there is an actual timeline of events of the first three movies, Mallrats happens on a Friday, Clerks the next day.

-Mallrat's Shannon Hamilton is someone Alyssa claims to have slept with in Chasing Amy.


I have been a Kevin Smith fan for almost 20 years, and like these ones I have plenty more, which make this Universe great and it preceded popular Comic Book Movie shared Universe by a decade. The fact that YOU don't like the "silly" adventure type movies does not negate their existence in the View Askewniverse.
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