2001: A Space Odyssey

28 Dec 2023 10:10 - 29 Mar 2024 04:47
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    • Agency

      • In 2001, there are really no protagonists and the action is driven by whatever unnamed force is behind the monoliths and has, for inscrutable purposes, acted to elevate a bunch of apes into humanity and whatever lies beyond humanity.
      • HAL though is the closest thing to a fully-formed character and his tragic arc is driven by agency failures, as he grapples to serve contradictory goals that end up driving him effectively mad.
      • According to JFM (see Weird Studies/Eyes Wide Shut ) the only real consciousness is the Starchild at the very end (and he goes on to become Alex in Clockwork Orange, a disturbing thought).
    • There's a very faint bit of background audio, in the space station where Heywood Floyd stops off on his way to the moon, where my realname is mentioned, something like "Will Mr. Travers please contact the MET office". This also happens in Ballard's The Atrocity Exhibition.