270: Merlin

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Merlin
I mean, the black-and-white stuff was running backward, but it hardly mattered to the story.
Title text: I mean, the black-and-white stuff was running backward, but it hardly mattered to the story.

Explanation

Memento is a movie telling the main parts of its story backwards, while a few black-and-white-scenes are straightforward. So when Merlin watches the movie, he sees nearly the whole story in its actual order.

Transcript

[Man and woman standing by a train]
Woman: I'm bad at goodbyes. At some level I never think they're for real.
Man: They make me think of T. H. White's Merlin.
Woman: Oh?
Man: He lived backwards, remembering the future and not the past. To him, final goodbyes meant nothing, while first hellos were tearful and bittersweet.
Woman: Huh - so over the years he'd forget all his friends.
Must've been lonely.
Man: Yeah. He ended up just sitting around at home watching DVDs all day. The best was the time he rented 'Memento'...
[Merlin is sitting in front of a couch, watching TV]
Merlin: Well, that was straightforward.
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Discussion

Immediately after watching Memento, I spliced it together in chronological order and watched it again. Definitely straightforward, and much more boring that way. Wotpsycho (talk) 02:48, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

If this Merlin experiences time backwards, then he should remember watching the film before doing so (as he will do it later). 173.245.55.63 12:51, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
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