So much for drunk brilliance. I’m not sure what to say about this week’s episode other than the story seems both bigger and smaller than I thought. Corporate espionage and employment shakeups are not the world-building Matrix mindfucks I was anticipating. And the idea of all this as an “ownership” struggle between Ford and the corporate overlords doesn’t excite me too much. But it’s got to be deeper than that. What was that whole “board presentation” dog and pony show about? That’s some kind of misdirection. Maybe Delos wants to bring AI out of the park and Ford wants to keep his toys to himself? That seems sort of meh as a plot device. Or development of a Ghost-in-the-Shell type ability to transfer consciousness from body to body? Ford is an old man; he knows he can’t live forever. Or maybe he can? Where’s Elsie? And who’s human, and who’s not?
This article points out some Bernard actions and story that may look different in hindsight. And discusses the multiple-timeline theory.
Vanity Fair – Unsettling Questions
I’m watching Episode 6. My wine-fueled theory is that it’s a self-contained system. Everyone is a “host.” It’s a continual cycle of renewal, self-discovery and destruction a la “The Matrix.” That would make the timeline skips irrelevant. Hector Escaton is too much of a hint. Chaos agents. Hence the endless basement levels. Upon failure they just build new levels atop the old. The maze is a model of the brain and the goal is to get to the top; self-actualization. The only thing that makes me think they’re not self-contained is that it’s a waste of Gina Torres as Jeffrey Wright’s wife , who’s theoretically on the “outside.”* Or perhaps it’s a last-ditch planet-seeding effort by a decaying or dead Earth. Shades of the Cylons in “Battlestar Galactica” mixed with”Ghost in the Machine.” That creates all kinds of transfer-of-consciousness scenarios. And re: the Gina Torres thing they talked about how hard it was to “get a line out.” If they’re off-planet that would make more sense.
Anyway, I’m drunk, fuck Donald Trump. We’re all in our own Matrix.
*okay so this theory doesn’t explain the data espionage plot point. This is a work in progress.
**also where Elsie found that relay? All the world’s a stage.
***Garden of Eden – Robert killing the dog; Delores = sadness