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Thursday, May 29, 2003  

How Does Elrond Fit Into All This?
Agent Smith is the wild-card of the Matrix: Reloaded. He is the villain in the movie, and I believe, the key to understanding the underlying system of the Matrix and its relation to the real-world. He hates Neo for disrupting his purpose and freeing him from the constrains of the system. And now Agent Smith wants to bring about the end of the system; which he tries to do by killing Neo. After all Neo is just part of the system, doing what he has done 5 times before. So Smith thinks that if he can kill Neo, then the system will crash. The first question is, what is Smith, since he is no-longer an agent? When he was destroyed at the end of the first movie, we are told he was compelled to resist the system and avoid deletion. He justifies this by saying he just watch Neo break the rules of the system, which invalidted the system for Smith. But perhaps the act of "killing" Smith (by jumping into his body) altered Smiths code in some way, "something copied or overwritten." Thus giving smith the ability to, like Neo, resist the rules of the system. Smith is now a piece of rouge code floating through the Matrix, an exile like the Key Maker. But what's more, Smith can copy him self, in fact it seems like that has become his driving force. Another type of code follows this pattern. The computer virus; like a virus Smith attaches himself to other programs, infecting them and spreading geometrically. In the first movie Smith laments on Humanity's similarities to viruses, and now HE resembles a computer virus.

What does this mean for the Matrix? Smith was even able to infect a free-mind by copying himself and then picking up the hard-line. (A scene that a lot of people seemed to miss. The guy who is cutting his hand, and then tries to kill Neo when they are on their way back to the ship (in the real world), who is also the guy that the camera pans to in the LAST shot, the only survivor of the botch counter-attack, he IS Smith.) So now Smith has a presence in both the real world and the Matrix, making him that much more dangerous. And now that their are innumerable copies of Smith running around the Matrix, how can he be stopped? However, it stands to reason that if Smith can make the jump between the real-world and the computer-world, Neo should be able to as well. And this is one explanation for what happens at the end of Reloaded when Neo goes into a coma. He is trapped between the 2 worlds, his body in the real-world, and his mind in the matrix, but nothing connecting the two. So how are the matrix and the real-word really connected? It now seems more complicated than just a highly-complex and unthinkably-huge computer program running on physical hardware in the real-world. There is more to the real-world/matrix interface than simply broadcasting a pirate wi-fi signal from hovercrafts and sending the consciousness of free-minds into the system to fight for freedom. How do "hard-lines" work? What gave smith the ability to infiltrate the real-world?

posted by JMV | 5/29/2003 03:23:00 PM
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