badabellisima wrote: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.
bada, I was writing hurriedly and probably didn't choose my words carefully enough. I did not intend to use "cliche" in a pejorative fashion at all but simply to convey the fact that going toward/becoming part of a "white light" and "life flashing before you/seeing deceased love ones" are almost universally-recognized aspects of NDEs, as your own experience reflects in part. So I meant "cliche" as in "extremely common," and it is precisely the universality and commonality of these elements that convinces me that going into that house would have meant physical death for Tony and that the woman on the porch and Steve Buscemi were there to represent Tony's deceased family, despite Buscemi's credit as "man". Without either or both of those elements being so widely reported by those who've had NDEs, I'm not sure an intelligent interpretation of that scene at the Inn is even possible.
So I just wanted to clarify that in case it seemed that I was in any way trivializing NDEs themselves. Quite the opposite. They absolutely fascinate me and are, I think, a major piece of the puzzle for anyone still trying to figure out if there is such a thing called a "soul".
ETA: I also think Chase's rendition of this experience were absolutely brilliant from a dramatic standpoint. I still rank Join the Club/Mayham (at least in the NDE parts) as among the very top few hours of material in the history of the show. Along with Test Dream, those episodes definitely attain the highest quotient of both intellectual and emotional stimulation of anything I've ever watched, big screen or small.