Sunday, November 20, 2022

1899: Episode 5


5. The Calling
Maura blacks out and wakes up in the same dining hall where the other passengers have locked The Boy inside a cupboard. She tries to rescue him but is threatened by gunshots that miraculously freeze along with everyone as The Boy uses his pyramid to get them out of there. He takes Maura to the tiled shaft under her bed and opens a portal to another world through his beetle. There, Maura finds the asylum and meets her father Henry (Anton Lesser). Daniel follows them and promises The Boy that he won’t be found while hiding there. Tove defects to the other side. A ticking noise puts the ship’s passengers on a trance including Ling Yi’s mother and Krester who are among those who throw themselves overboard. Daniel deactivates the sound through the machine in the engine room. It is revealed that Sebastian has a puzzle-like device similar to Daniel’s. The survivors of the mass suicide all gather on the main deck. In a mansion somewhere, Henry looks out to a barren wasteland with a giant pyramid from his window.


I guess I’m fully convinced now that this is a computer simulation of sorts, and if it is, then it wouldn’t be that difficult to fathom the premise because The Matrix already did this two decades ago. And so, if we are to believe this theory, I guess the next question is where are the characters, really? Are they strapped to a mental asylum chair like the one seen in Maura’s recurring visions? Eyk reveals that he was also on the passenger list of the Prometheus, which probably means that the ship names are just pseudonyms for the software versions. This leads us to the question as to who Daniel and The Boy really are. Can they be different versions of the same character? A renegade program a la Neo with a messianic mission to set everyone free? The dialogues seem to suggest that everything that’s happening has been occurring over and over again somehow like an unlimited test run. Anyway, this is my go-to theory for now because it makes the most sense, but I’ll patiently wait for the answers. This show is so thought-provoking!

“I can't tell you. You have to ask the Creator.” –The Boy

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