Friday, March 23, 2012

Awake 1.4: The Banker and the Hooker

Given the rapacious performance of some bankers in our reality, one might say they're the same as hookers.  In Awake 1.4, that becomes literally true, as Kate, former babysitter for Rex, turns up as an investment banker in yellow world, and druggie/kept woman in grittier blue world.

This was a good episode and fine story in any case.  But what got me thinking about this set up of the same character leading two different lives in the two realities was this:

Up until now, it seemed to me that the two realities began with the crash, and, before then, there was only one stream of characters.  As example, Bird was Britten's partner before the crash, and after the crash he continue as Britten's partner in blue world but not in yellow world.

But let's look at Kate.   She was long ago Rex's babysitter - one world, one character.  Now, she leads a different life in yellow and blue worlds, just like Bird.   But unlike Bird, when did Kate's split of lives begin?  Not with the crash, but long before that, as she reacted to the death of her sister.   In yellow world, she got her life together after that loss; in blue world, she  did not.

But how, if the crash is the source of the bifurcations of worlds, did Kate's bifurcation start before that?

Yeah, I  know this could all be explained if any part of this is Britten's dream, but I'm still holding out that it isn't - and, if not, Kate's double life which began before the crash could somehow be an important clue.

See also Awake ... Awake 1.2: "Whole" Family  ... Awake 1.3: Frequency of Yellow and Blue



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