OK, after the 2nd viewing, I’ve further refined the theories. 1st, the part about the TV screens being predictions of Neo’s behaviour…bingo.
Second, I now believe that the world of Zion is in fact real and that Neo has learned to control the machines from there. Not sure exactly how (802.11a?) but remember that when Neo destroyed Smith part of Neo got imprinted on Smith. Perhaps part of Smith got imprinted on Neo then or when Smith tried to clone himself to Neo. Remember that the agents do have access to the Matrix mainframe and control of the Sentinels.
Other thoughts: I believe the monitors in the Architect’s room are actually the system’s predictions of how Neo will react [not prior instances of Neo]. I base my opinion on this exchange:
Neo – Bullshit.
*The responses of the other Ones appear on the monitors: “Bullshit!”*
The Architect – Denial is the most predictable of all human responses…
Rememer that the other Ones didn’t agree on many answers.
IIRC, we are taken 2 or 3 screens deep during the conversation which could mean a few different things. One explanation would be that the system predicted that Neo would choose the left door in 1 out of the billions of scenarios that it predicted. A 1 in billions chance that the system’s effort to trap Neo would fail and the humans would ultimately win the war.
OK, after reading a transcript of the convo between Neo and the Architect, I think I might have a pretty good idea of the meaning behind the lies of the Architect. Here goes:
– First, “the Choice” is whether to accept the matrix or not. The ironic part is that if you reject the matrix, you end up in Zion, which we expect will be just another part of the matrix. (There is a possibility that Zion actually does exist in the real world and the Neo has figured out how to hack the matrix via wireless internet.) Every human in Zion is a [fractional] anomoly (i.e. they have rejected the matrix). Neo is the integral anomaly, so they (the Architect, the Oracle, et al) have chosen him as the One (remember how the Oracle tried to stop Neo from thinking he was the one at first? now he’s proven to be a threat so they’ll entrap him instead of discouraging him).
– Second, the Architect gave Neo a false choice. He told him to go to the Source, allegedly to repopulate Zion and keep the enslaved humans alive, the real reason for wanting Neo to go to the Source was so the Source could study him — and further decrease the rate of anomolies as they are truly dangerous to the matrix (the Architect said they only had “some measure of control” over the integral anomoly) — and then kill him.
– Third, the Architect told Neo that if he tried to save Zion, the matrix would BSOD and all humans would die. Neo saw through this lie and realized that ultimately the only way to save the human race from the matrix was for him to go left and save zion and continue the fight to free humans. Remember that the system did *not* crash when he went through the left door. (Also interesting is that the Architect recognized Neo’s emotion as love vs. the prior 5 integral anomolies’ logical reactions. This must be significant. Maybe Neo recognized that the people needed to be free of the matrix in order to really live)
My guess is that in revolutions, Neo will continue to see through the lies of the Architect and the Oracle, continue the fight, find a way out of the “real world” matrix, and free the entire human race (I guess that might be obvious).
No comments on Smith yet…
We went to see “The Matrix: reloaded” on Saturday. Contrary to the naysayers, I think this movie had plenty of steak for the brain. The naysayers say the movie explained everything too much and didn’t trust the audience to think. I say they aren’t thinking enough about it and there’s almost too much that was left unsaid. But here are a few of my theories about “reality” in the world of the Matrix. Of course we’ll have to wait for the 2nd viewing of reloaded or even for revolutions to refine them or validate them. But here goes:
Reality is (choose 1 or a combo):
- The “real world” is actually just version 5 of the matrix. (seems pretty likely based on the monologue of the source.)
- The “real world” is actually the matrix and the matrix is actually the *real* world. (this would require some whole other really weird plot and seems pretty unlikely…)
- The “real world” and “the matrix” are actually two separate machines using the humans as their creatively intelligent pawns in a chess match. (seems possible. Remember the source said Neo would take 23 humans to repopulate zion after it was destroyed. Read: another game in the match.)
- The matrix is actually a computer simulation run by humans to find out what will happen if they create sentient machines. (too much like The Devil’s Advocate so it seems far fetched)
– Neo and that other guy in the coma at the end were both infected by smith and both came in contact with the sentinels. There could be something there.
– We have to remember that at this point we probably can’t trust anybody but Neo. The councilman from Zion really sounded like some sort of Agent, especially when you consider how willingly he followed Morpheus and the Oracle.
You know, G has this amazing ability to meet a new child and get along extremely well. My cousin’s daughter came to visit for the first time since G was born and after 3 days they were best buds. I guess we must be doing something right.
Softball := 3-0
“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” – Samuel Adams, brewer and patriot
For the first time in a long time….a new pet peeve! “Big Johnson merchandise”. If this is your pet peeve….express your opinions!
Well, never fear, progress is still being made on the album with a working title of the half nelson project. Drew is coming over tonight to make tracks and Caleb will be around in a week or so so I hope to have the lion’s share of their work done in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned. I plan to open up another site or another site section for this project as soon as we are 100% complete on at least 3 songs and have a little more direction on the final direction.