NEO: What’s up Trin?
NEO: Is it my hair? It is isn’t is? We’ll both feel better if you tell me.
TRINITY: No no- listen: I’ve been thinking about the Oracle.
TRINITY: Well she was basically a video game character, right? Just like the rest of us while we’re “in” the matrix; video game avatars talking to other video game avatars in a video game world- but we acted as though her predictions carried over into reality. Like when Cypher was gonna pull your plug on the Nebuchadnezzar, but I knew you’d be okay because of the Oracle’s prophecy. I mean, maybe she’s actually got psychic abilities that can transmit through fiber optic cables or whatever, but it makes more sense to think that her abilities are based in the digital world. The patterns and programs of the matrix are a perfect foundation for someone with high level mathematical intuition to, in a sense, see into future.
NEO: Yeah I guess. But it all came true so it looks like you’re wrong.
TRINITY: Maybe- but think about this: shouldn’t your powers be rooted in the matrix as well? Isn’t it your ability to see the matrix for what it is more clearly than anyone else, and then shed so thoroughly the residual false notion of your own physical limitations, the source of your power while in the matrix?
TRINITY: But you can use your powers outside the matrix.
TRINITY: I first suspected something was up when, at the end of our second big adventure, you used your mind to disable a sentinel in the real world. Why would you be able to do that? What do your powers in the matrix have to do with real world telekinesis?
NEO: I don’t know… What are you saying? Are you saying….
TRINITY: I’m saying what if…
TRINITY: …what if we’re still inside the matrix?
NEO: No. Fuck… You’re right. It makes so much sense.
TRINITY: What better way to suppress a rebellion permanently than to convince the rebels that they’ve already won.
NEO: Fuck… Well I guess we’ve got a lot of work left to do. Fuuuck.
TRINITY: Do we though?
TRINITY: Hundreds of people just actually really died (I think) so that you and I could accomplish literally nothing (in the real world). Our friends gave their lives. Switch, Epoch, Mouse… and for what? How many more have to die just to peel off one more layer of the onion? And how can we ever know if we’re really out? Or what’s waiting for us if we even can get out? What if you will yourself awake in the REAL real world, and there’s no Zion; it’s just you all alone with nothing to eat. And why wouldn’t the machines just kill anyone who wakes up? The fact that, this last time, they flushed you down a tube instead of killing you is even more evidence that they were letting us win… or think we’ve won, anyway.
NEO: Hmm… So what are you really saying here Trinity?
TRINITY: I’m saying… maybe we’ve been given a second chance. We can explain to the machines that we’ve realized the impossibility of our victory, and maybe they’ll let us all back in the matrix (within the matrix). It’s our only hope. We OWE it to every living man woman and child to surrender now and stop risking their happiness and their lives. And if it works, we can live out the rest of our lives with superpowers. We can live like kings, or be superheroes… or whatever!
NEO: I’ll be a superhero.