That’s what I do.
A look inside the thought.
The opening segment is the foreshadowing of everything that is about to take place by showing you the outline of the story for the episode coming to life. The episode is based on how an assumption or an idea about a person can take a life of its own.
The frog is trying cause the character Rob trouble? Maybe, but I don’t think it was malicious.
It makes an assumption about his character.
Rob is working. He is keeping to himself. He is quiet. He is not bothering anyone and only wanting this reciprocated from the world around him.
This character has a roommate. Or someone they have to be around constantly against his choosing. The frog proposes a random thought, which pertains to the frog, not Rob. The question has no relevance to Rob, truly has no meaning, (in this case it was about death), and has no other context to the story other than being one in a million other quandaries the frog has considered on this day.
Rob answers uninterested, trying to appease. The frog then takes the idea further and projects it onto Rob as if fact. The frog’s imagination takes hold and makes an assumption about the Rob character based on its own idea.
The frog imagines what if the idea that it had just proposed was true and then went on to envision what that would be like. It would be scary and uncomfortable. This was fun because it added a new element to the story. I wanted to see if we could throw in an element that would exist in the horror genre and still be able to make people laugh even as we made them uncomfortable.
Death would eventually come for this person, as it does us all, but it just so happen that on this occasion this person had found a way to achieve something that people desire even after they realize that it is impossible in the human form.
The quest for immortality.
Rob responds sarcastically and still uninterested.
The frog character then takes the idea further and commits to make the projected idea a reality.
Thus, the concept of cheating death becomes the context of the story.
The idea, degraded to an assumption, then was projected as fact. The meaningless quandary was brought to life and made real by the imagination (malicious or no) of the frog. Even though during the entire conversation Rob showed no interest and simply wanted to be left alone so he could work.
The idea then spirals out of control and we take another look at society as a whole.
The news reports what they were told by the person that created it as fact. Now a new element of ‘truth’ comes in to play. Along with a sales pitch on how a flawed system could get even worse.
By pitting you against one another.
From there we go to see the characters Jake and Al watching the new ‘truth’ as it was being reported and paying relatively no attention to it whatsoever. Rather, Jake is complaining about having to wait to see what was coming on next. He didn’t want to wait, he wanted have an immediate reward in the way of seeing a story that he wasn’t interested in.
To further this notion, Al recommends that Jake steal the televised account by the means of piracy. He claims that nothing can be done about it and nothing ever will. He claims there are no repercussions to our actions, both figuratively and literally upon the different spectrums of how we operate as a people.
The news then reports another truth to us. These privileges that we have wielded so frivolously are being taken away. We learn there are repercussions to mismanagement, again both literal and figurative. We lose what we have worked so hard to gain.
The anchor then receives a prompt stating that they would be off the air soon. The connection for the stream was going to be cut. He misinterprets this and turns into a completely different person that you are never supposed to see and gets angry. He is told that they are still streaming and he does his best to regain composure. Knowing that time is running out he tries to speak to the public one last time with words of wisdom.
Feed your kids fast food and do the dew. Health repercussions be damned for the sake of marketing products that shorten our life span. The concept of death within the story rears its head again.
The stream is lost and we see what life would be like without it. I think it would be depressing. The constant flow of information and technology is like an addiction. I love it, even though I’m incredibly cynical about it. I jab in jest.
Back from the living room, the conversation takes a turn to have the characters realize how dependent upon technology they are. They see this is as a plus given that they are connected with the ego aggrandizing realm of social media. Inflated egos and all, they develop a plan to defend themselves against what they imagine is the apparent zombie apocalypse. The constant stream of reality television has taught them where they feel they need to live and how they should live. The pop culture references are based on one of the most watched episodic series on television currently, today. The Walking Dead truly is an amazing series.
“Current” has boundaries that it has never had before. “Currently” and “currently, today” are two different time periods now.
They make a plan for their defense and unbeknownst to them set out to charge the public on a murderous (un)informed rampage.
They blame Rob as they leave and we find Rob still working. He seems to be enjoying himself a bit more.
The assumption that was projected into reality has taken a life of its own. It had run its course and with the static of the camera this was a projection of time passing. In our society today, currently, is not current.
Another member of the film crew for the script Rob was then working on, comes back to get an update as to the projected status of completion. He walks through the door and is confronted with death as death is eyeing Rob unbeknownst to him. Rob stares back confronted with his inevitable mortality. He tells the member of the crew to run in a way that references pop culture to show that the writer as pessimistic as he may be, is writing from an area based of self-reflection.
Key slapstick moment to demonstrate how we rush in life.
Clumsy and afraid.
Rob stares at death and choosing not to be afraid looks his mortality in the eye and faces it as it inevitably approaches.
Maybe the assumptions, simply because they were believed became the new reality?
What type of reality exists is up to the viewer. Assisted reality is not reality. Perceived reality is strong, but it is not reality either. It’s just an idea until proven as fact. This was meant to show how one idea in the wrong hands can become a bad idea and take a life all its own.
In the end Rob did not cheat death. The projected story about him that caused the momentary sensation was not true. In the end death came for Rob as it will everyone regardless of our opinions. All we can do is worry about what we can control and when are confronted with a challenge face that challenge directly. We choose to live. We don’t choose to die. We don’t have a choice in that matter. And on that time when we feel everything is at its end, things are never truly over until we are no longer connected.
Everything is over eventually. Everyone will have a day when they disconnect.
This was the basis of the episode and what I was aiming for as I’m working to become better than I am. Did we accomplish this? I’m not certain, but I do think we are moving in the right direction.