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Matrix - The Life and Thoughts of Zach
May. 18th, 2003
02:04 am -
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May 22nd, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC)
The Architect scene
My general feeling about the Architect scene is that what Neo discovered wasn't that he was a program or somesuch, but that the real world--which I take to be "real," not simply a meta-Matrix--also operates in a repeating system, with Zion as the center of that mathematics. Neo is the One/Anomaly; a being whose brain patterns can form the Matrix to its will--but the Anomaly is itself a repeating facet of the Zion system. Furthermore, the Architect has found that he can control the repeating system through the destruction of Zion and through the predictability of the Anomaly.
The Architect told Neo that five Anomalies previous had existed, and all of them chose to let Zion die (and then restart Zion with 7 males and 16 females), because the alternative is--or so the Architect believes--to destroy every mind in the Matrix. Neo's own anomaly is his love for Trinity, which is something the previous five Anomalies allegedly didn't have, and the Architect believes that this love is what dooms humanity. By choosing to alter the repeating system, the Architect believes that humanity will now die out, as Neo's actions will destroy those in the Matrix while the machines will destroy every living creature in Zion.
The Architect's theory, mind you, is largely untested. While Zion has been destroyed five times before, the Matrix has prevailed, and the Architect has only a theory that Neo's decision will rip apart the fabric of the virtual reality.
Hmm. You know, I've discussed my views on this scene in maybe six different places this week, and I haven't gotten tired of it. By the by, I love the film. I think it takes the mind-boggles of the first and takes them to an Nth degree the same way they did so with the action sequences.