-- Tony flatlining and going towards a white light, glimpsing deceased family members, both playing upon well-known death cliches --
FlyOnMelfisWall wrote:My beliefs, amorphous though they be, are actually very similar to this and have evolved in more detail since watching a lot of the "Universe" series recently that History Channel produced. Fascinating stuff, especially when you consider the cliches of NDEs with Einstein's special theory of relativity and the notion of time essentially stopping as one approaches the speed of light.
Well, i think that Chase is attempting something far grander than depicting "well-known NDE cliches". These experiences are very real, and go beyond cliche or caricature. To attempt to portray this in-between zone and give it meaning is an artistic endeavor of the highest order- with so much room for risk of 'failure' or lack of attainment towards elevating our understanding; he risks making it even more cliche, or a joke- like a clumsy B horror movie we laugh at, instead of philosophically introspect over. Speaking of which, imo, even the attempt to produce "Cleaver" was some important effort on their parts to understand their own involvement in violence and death.
And, if time indeed stops when you actually achieve the speed of light, it makes sense that there is a sense of timelessness when fully in the light. (there was no time in the bright light tunnel of my NDE). My experience tells me we ARE some form of light, not just accelerating alongside it.
i think light can have slightly different speeds under different circumstances...certainly it bends, per the Universe
episode i referred to above and my memories of college Physics. I hope Splishak weighs in here- he knows a lot about physics.
This imo, is somewhat like the Star Trek episode where the high-pitched frequency mosquito-sounds the crew was hearing turned out to be 'others', who were existing at higher, unseen and barely-heard frequencies, sharing their same time-space simultaneously. (Also a little like the unseen 'dead people' in The Sixth Sense,
who only slightly manifested with cold air, to the 'special' people who could perceive it). Which is why i am open to interpreting an alternate persona or coma-time identity of Tony B, or the Livia look-alike, etc. Sure, they mainly represent just what they look like; and a rose is still a rose. But if you observe anyone from another angle or parallax view, you can see them entirely anew and perceive who they are to us differently, -from new eyes. This show has always been about challenging our initial perspective and imho, being open to seeing with new eyes and hearing with new ears, even if Tony doesn't always manage to!...