264: Choices: Part 1

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Choices: Part 1
Wait, damn, I think I spotted a new email on the last refresh.
Title text: Wait, damn, I think I spotted a new email on the last refresh.

[edit] Explanation

Megan is sitting at her computer, not waiting for a particular mail, but still refreshing every few seconds. This is an illustration of boredom and pointlessness in life. But suddenly the wall in front of her is opening. She considers running for the door, but curiosity overtakes her, she enters the hole, and with that she enters a different world.

This starts out a metaphoric five-part adventure, which celebrates, marvels at, and reminds of human freedom. The series was released on 5 consecutive days (Monday-Friday).

All parts of "Choices":

[edit] Transcript

[Megan sits at desk, using computer. Refreshes page.]
[Sits back and looks at monitor.]
[Refreshes page on computer.]
[Sits back and looks at monitor.]
[Megan leans forward and clicks mouse.]
[A hole opens up in the panel. It appears to be the torn paper of the comic itself. A blue, sky-like background is revealed. Megan jumps in surprise, nearly tipping over the chair.]
[Megan stands up as the chair falls over completely.]
[Wide view. Megan looks back at the door furtively.]
[She begins to climb into the hole.]
[By now Megan is entirely inside the hole. She is closing it behind her.]
[Only her head and arms are visible.]
[The hole is closed, revealing a formation of ripped paper.]
–Large frame–
[She appears to be in space. Stars dot the sky and a ray of light traverses the frame horizontally. Megan is in a bubble, floating disconnectedly. Both her and bubble have become white, tinged against the backdrop.]

[edit] Trivia

  • The text "Megan is in a bubble" from the transcript is original by Randall. At all other lines she is just "a girl".

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Megan dreams

At the parts 1 to 4 Megan is dreaming. This becomes more clear in part 4 where the clone says: "You'll forget this trip...". So the dream should be part of the explanation.--Dgbrt (talk) 11:31, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Citing from part 4:
Megan: Am I going to wake up thinking this was a dream?
Clone: This is... think of this as after the game, outside the theatre.
If she is dreaming, she certainly does not realize it!
"You will forget this trip..:" does not indicate that it's a dream, does it? –St.nerol (talk) 14:24, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
So, is Megan at our "real world" or just having a mystic dream?--Dgbrt (talk) 15:10, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
That is a false dilemma. She enters another world, which seems to be something like the afterlife. Just because supernatural or absurd things happen, we can't draw the conclusion that some main character is dreaming! Cf. 1013: Wake Up Sheeple.

Who else would probably do this if it happened to them? I have to admit I probably would, even though technically a hole in reality would be the most likely thing to kill me horribly ever. -Pennpenn 02:38, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Surely you're more likely to be killed horribly by any of a large number of other things. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
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