Continuing the discussion from New-U isn't canon…or is it?:
The way I see it, New-U stations as things that EXIST and can be used for fast travel, are recognised in-game and used for progression. Their usage in BLPS in this regard make that clear.
But New-U stations as immortality MacGuffins are just a way to enable infinite continues in a game that has multiplayer and thus, cannot load saves. Functionally they can theoretically do that in-world (BL2: Kill Yourself), but in practice, what does it matter? If nobody’s death is permanent than nothing you do means anything and you may as well just ‘play’ the entire game in Marcus’ shooting range.
You have to recognise some separation between gameplay and story to allow you to experience both of them. If you’re going to take every quest and dialogue line as complete canon, both BL2 and BLPS talk about the Stash and ‘swapping items between your characters’. Where are all the threads about the Vault Hunters all being a hive mind?
Essentially MST3k Mantra:
“If you’re wondering how he eats and breathes, and other science facts, then repeat to yourself ‘It’s just a show, I should really just relax’.”
Yea man. So much truth. As I replayed all the missions of Borderlands 1, 2 and TPS again the past year, I came to the conclusion that not everything said, written, shown or done is canon.
Things in a cutscene are the most canon. The dialog and mission items surrounding main quests usually are canon. But as you pointed out, sometimes they mention stuff that’s meta, like claptrap’s locker for example.
I think some some side quests and DLC aren’t necessarily considered canon. Or only some truth can be perceived from it. In fact, all of Borderlands does seem to be from the point of view of Marcus telling a story. A story that could indeed have hyperbole, exaggeration or half-truths.
So, the Lynchwood stuff, for example, considering that it was entirely optional in the game (even so much that you don’t ever even get sent there during the main story missions), I wonder if the events that took place there are canon or not.