Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Metaphysics and Gene Hunt

Thanks to the Life On Mars wiki for this convenient
and wonderful image.
Listen, I know this article is total bullshit. But it's here. Hopefully the last in my three-part series on Metaphysics. Written 5/10/12.

The worlds present in the GHTTB are fairly consistent for the vast majority of its run. The Coma World (I refuse to ascribe to the silly Limbo theory and explain away that solution as Alex's fevered dreams in the few moments of semi-consciousness before death) runs parallel to reality and is affected by what is happening to said Coma World's host. In Life On Mars, Sam is the world's Host. His memories of 1973 create a brown world with cowboy cops like Gene Hunt, one in which he faces his parental issues and in which he learns how to feel happy with his life. For him, while the world around him is definitely produced by his own head, that does not dismiss its validity as a reality.
     More than Alex, Sam's world is very much affected by the status of his body in Reality. He is much more prone to hallucinations, blackouts and delusions due to too many meds, the return of old colleagues, the death of a mentor - there's an explicit chain between the realities that creates many a plot point and, indeed, most of the tension in the series. Unlike the cheeky reference to the Creator connection in Back To Earth, the Bonanza has a much more personal and powerful singular Creator - one that is unwilling. This makes its status in the quantum multiverse more troublesome, because that would imply a causal link between the Sam of the Bonanza's reality and of the Universe elsewhere, as opposed to a single entity.
      Alex's world reflected her memories of the Eighties, which for her were tainted by not only her mother's affair but the death of her parents and her eventual adoption. While Sam's attempts to change his Coma World were in order to return home, Alex's were always a lot more personally motivated - she didn't just remember Tim and Caroline Price as her parents, but she had also grown to respect them as people while in the Coma World. While Alex has fewer (but more vivid, usually) hallucinations than Sam, she has a much stronger bond with the Coma World than she does with Reality, which helps to explain why she is unable to escape.
Sam gets more crazy shit, but that's because
he's more in tune with Reality.
     Ashes To Ashes went all weird on us during the gap between the final two seasons, presenting a third reality that was supposed to represent Alex's death in the operating theatre. Time dilation between Universes is a common theme in the Bonanza, and thus explains why the moment of death was seen as a completely different reality from the moments of believed post-death. Strangely, Alex's stronger connection to her personal Coma World can be seen here as well - even in this reality within a reality, Gene and the crew of CID bleed through and her "awakening" is not to the real world, but to the 1980s. While it may just seem to be weird for the sake of being weird, it instead presents the largest part of the metaphysical theory surrounding the Bonanza as a whole.
      In the Life on Mars and Ashes To Ashes universe, the greater poignancy with which you remember one's past, the stronger bonds you form within the world created by your mind. Sam was sent back to 1973 because that was the year his father ran away, an event that, while it had troubled him, isn't seen to have had a large effect on Sam in the present. Alex, on the other hand, was eyewitness to her parent's murder-suicide, and the following years of foster parenting by the man who arguably led to said event (by having an affair with her mother) made sure that it became imprinted on her mind. When Alex heard Sam's description of the Coma World, she instantly became obsessed with the idea of causality within such a vivid world and that is the reason why she is so much more in tune. For Sam, it remains 1973 throughout his entire stay in the Coma World. His experiences and memories are stagnant, unchanging. Alex's time moves rather swiftly, comparably.
      One constant remains in both worlds that lends credence to the idea that the Coma World is in fact part of the Quantum Multiverse, and exists as a Parasite Universe that can only be controlled by the counterparts of those in Reality. Gene, Ray, Chris, Annie, Shaz, Martin Summers - these people all once existed in Reality, outside of the Host's memories. What does that mean, then? Who is the Host when these guys aren't around? If we are to preserve the Coma World without straying off into Limbo territory, then we have to concede that the quantum doubles created by this parasite Universe can live on after their counterparts in Reality have already died. And that, perhaps, is why both Sam and Alex end up dead, even though the former was able to escape. To create a double in another Universe, you must incapacitate, remove or kill the original in Reality. The reason why there was a connection between the two Universes was that this doubling up created an unstable point - a weak spot, allowing one reality to spill over into the other.
This theory doesn't cover Keats. But I try to ignore him,
despite how wonderfully he's played by Daniel Mays.
      This, then, becomes consistant with our exploration of Red Dwarf. If a Universe created via Hallucination is maintained by said person, then there will be inconsistancies where reality and the imagination of the host collide in a sort of cosmic reaction. In BTE, it was Lister's acceptance of the reality's true nature that allowed Kochanski to form within it, and it's because both Sam and Alex realise what's going on that their worlds are so relatively affected by the outside. The Gene Hunt Time Travel Bonanza, for all of its bullshit regarding demons and limbo, can be turned into an interesting collection of sci-fi concepts that neatly explain exactly what's going on without even touching the supernatural. It may not be actual proven science, but it's still fun and I'm glad that this series of articles has allowed me to examine this.


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1 comment:

  1. Interesting theory - as far as word of God goes Matthew Graham is religious and in the season 3 documentary he made it quite clear that his interpretation was that the world was a purgatory. Saying that, Ashely Pharoah is not religious and apparently (according to Graham) he interpreted the world without any religious elements. Very Interesting.

    I think that in some point in the future the community will be able to find a plausible and complete "Ashely" theory - it must exist somewhere. Of course the ambiguity presented is what makes the show great - it makes you ponder endlessly and it doesn't "neatly" fit into one genre.