AVClub: In “Cop Con,” every officer Moonbeam City PD heads to a single convention center for a weekend. But as Dazzle points out, the only attendance that matters is everyone in what he calls “the old gang.” Even Dazzle’s frenemy Rad is covered under the “old gang” moniker, having qualified as one of the “four most interesting cops on the force” whose adventures seem to matter the most on a week-to-week basis. This kind of explicitly meta joke is, on the surface, almost unnecessary. On a story level, television viewers understand that shows follow particular characters, rather than every possible character. On a joke level, it’s relatively commonplace; any number of Simpsons episodes have taken similar jabs at TV formulas.