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Reviewing the series as a whole leads me to the conclusion that Britten, his wife and son all died in the crash and that Britten reconciles his two unacceptable realities—that his wife and or son are dead by solving their deaths and creating a reality that is free from that danger and they can now live in.
For the most part “Awake” shares much of the philosophy inherent in the UK’s “Life on Mars”, which utilized much of the same alternate reality concepts to lead the protagonist work out issues from his past before he could accept his future.
By-the-way, if folks really liked “Awake” I would highly recommend “Life on Mars” (on DVD), though some people may need subtitles due to the heavy Manchester accents.
Are you uneducated flyover state people seriously that retarded? They had no idea what they were doing. The show was cancelled prematurely so they opted for the, "...and it was all a dream..." exit.
Seriously morons. No wonder al Qaeda hates us.
The finale just made it that much more sad that this show is over. Thank you, producers, for giving us such a powerful ending. Wow.
This show has such potential. Glad to see that they had a spectacular season finale. It is so sad that they could not get their act together before it was too late.
I don't see how anyone can be making strong declarations about what is "real" in this show.
It's clear both from watching the finale and from Kyle Killen's remarks (http://www.examiner.com/article/dream-on-awake-creator-sheds-light-on-the-series-finale-and-more) that we cannot draw any conclusions about what is real -- red world, green world, or status-quo-ante world. The only revelation, if it can be called that, from the finale is that Britten's mind is really messed up.
Nothing is resolved, and almost anything is possible.
"As his therapist asserts there are rules like none of us can change the flow of time, Britten pauses her stands up and violates all the rules of reality."
This comment makes sense to me. Britten can now violate the rules of time. So I imagine his future realities taking place in different time windows, including the 20 years that the captain spent with the other guy and telling more about their tale and that there was probably much more than heroin involved. Oh man, my mind is running along this track more than I'd like it to.
The number of possibilities are endless. Britten says he doesn't feel satisfied, but there is closure. Perhaps when he solves one "reality" it will lead him to another to solve, repairing his mind piece by piece.
I imagine that Dr. Evans was going to say, before she got cut off, was "If you could end the cycle, by being satisfied with this reality instead of following this seemingly endless roundabout of realities, would you?", tying back to Dr. Lee's saying "Choices have consequences."
So Britten has to choose between becoming static in one reality but never knowing satisfaction (he has his family, or so he thinks, but his detective instincts tell him otherwise), or moving onto new elaborate psyche-realities and progressing toward the truth, risking losing his "repaired" family but eventually knowing true satisfaction at the end goal/reality.
I prefer to go along with a completely different theory... Bear with me for the following explanation please... I was watching a rerun of a Stargate SG1 episode recently - where T'ealc found himself in two different realities and couldn't figure out which one was the real one. Finally in one of his discussions with his therapist (who was played by Daniel Jackson), he was told - "if you can't figure out which of the two realities is real, have you considered that NEITHER of them are?!". Subsequently T'ealc found this to be true and once he had worked through his trauma he ended up in a completely different reality, which turned out to be the real world, back at SG1 :). So, I believe, the same applies here. Neither Red or Green were real but was Michael's brain's only way to force him to solve the mystery and once solved, he was able to return to the real world and to have both his son and wife in his life...
Where one of his realities fed back and affected all of the others.
You are all entirely wrong about the meaning name of the show. From Wiki, a well-known story:
The most widely known version appears in Stephen Hawking's 1988 book A Brief History of Time, which starts:
A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise." The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is the tortoise standing on?" "You're very clever, young man, very clever," said the old lady. "But it's turtles all the way down!"
Now, what does that mean for the episode? I think it means that a lot of what
Britten was experiencing was part of an infinite loop, where one of his re
The title refers to the immortal Dr. Seuss's "Yertle the Turtle." Check it out.
The finale was powerful - great acting. I always wondered why - besides to create the premise - he would dream of only one of his loved ones surviving in each reality. In the finale, he finally did what one would expect: dreamed they were all still together.
Omg i loved this show!! it was amazing... although i was very confused with the season finale. i ish there could be a second season and more and more! i re watched it tonight to see if i catch something that i didn't see before... and i think the talk with the therapist at the end says it all. i think that the green world was the real one and because even in the red world he felt that it was so real and when she said that if he invests him self in ONE real life that it will be a richer experience.. and he had a look on his face like ur right y not create a world with both my loved ones together... she says that then he convinces himself that this whole time he has been dreaming and the red world was a dream within a dream so when he gets to the world with his son and his wife he wants it to make sence so of course it would be fitting for both his son and wife to say he was sleeping a long time... because it will help him BELIEVE that this world is the real one thus making him satisfie
You guys have it all wrong!
Reality: His son died in the crash and his wife lived. He incorrectly trusted Harper in the real world, and was put in a jail cell for it. He will now spend the rest of his life in an insane asylum, with a heartbroken Hannah who has no effectively lost 2 family members, while he is off in lala land dreaming that everything is fine and dandy. Its tragic!
His session with Dr. Evans & him turning in Harper in his dream was just therapy for him, and him coming to the realization that this "better reality (where he is not in prison)" is just a dream, and in reality he is doomed to spend the rest of his life in prison. So only then is he able to give up his real wife and his imaginary son, for another dream-world where both of them are guaranteed to be imaginary. He's willing to do that because he knows that he has effectivley lost the real-Hannah,since he is in prison, and Rex is fake anyways.
Great finale. Good to get some closure. I'd have preferred an external explanation for the mythos. The series wasn't without its faults but I bet it would have improved.
People who think the ending means it was all a dream completely missed the meaning of the whole ending and what a dark tragic tale this actually is. Visually it looks like a super happy ending, but in reality it's the story of a man who chooses to sink very deeply into delusion when faced with having to accept a reality he can't cope with. At the end Britten deludes himself to the point of creating a fake reality that defies time (Rex is starting registration) and irrefutable facts (there was a fatal car accident). As his therapist asserts there are rules like none of us can change the flow of time, Britten pauses her stands up and violates all the rules of reality.
As far as a 2nd season from this, we have Britten in red reality in prison, green reality possibly as the new Captain, and an ideal fantasy reality that can give him clues in both.
Awake episode 113 --Awake finale was awful! What a crappy ending to the series! Total cop-out to say that both red and green were all just an elaborate bad dream. Then Michael gets to go to third "reality" where both wife and son are alive. Extreme let down for the audience.
It would have been a lot more powerful to say that all three "realities" were fantasies and that in the "real" world both wife and son are dead (either through accident or homicide)and that Michael is all alone and cannot deal with his grief so he creates these detailed dreams.
If this happy ending/ happy family is what Killen and the writers intended all along, then I'm not surprised that the series was cancelled. Only good thing about Awake was Jason Isaacs amazing acting.
I think the whole season was amazing and the finale was a true work of art. Of course I too was wondering what the final scene meant -- and presumed it suggested the whole thing had been a bad dream.
It occurred to me, though, that it would have been a wonderful twist if, while Michael was beholding his still-intact family in the final scene, his original partner had called and asked, surreptitiously, to meet him somewhere -- saying he had some evidence about a department-run heroin ring, and that even Harper might be involved. And oh, he needed to ask Michael if his therapy had prompted him to remember anything about his accident - he'd found some information about that, too ...
The following story, or some version of it, is all around the web:
A well-known scientist [some say Bertrand Russell, others William James, neither one of whom was a scientist] once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits he sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise." The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is the tortoise standing on?" "You're very clever, young man, very clever," said the old lady. "But it's turtles all the way down!"
IO only watched Awake a couple times, and I could never remember who was dead in the red reality, and who in the green.
1) "Turtles all the way down" is inspired by a story from Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, regarding a woman who believed the world was flat and perched on the back of a turtle (and that THAT turtle stood on, well, more turtles)
2) Read this interview with Kyle Killen:
3)In my mind and reading what Killen said I think that the Green World is real, his son lived and his wife died and I think that is pretty much confirmed in the finale and it does seem that Britten is willing to say goodbye to Hannah and the Red World in order to catch Harper however once he did that he wanted so desperately to hold onto Hannah that he began questioning the rules so much so that he was able to create a new 3rd world where is wife and son are still alive....I'm not saying that he has a complete mental break or gave up on the Red World entirely but it seems like he would do anything to get his
by Britten that she was alive; and when questioned as to why he did that, Britten replied that why wasn't it better for him to be able to believe in something happy? I think that this is the essential theme of the whole show: the question of what is real, and how much ability we might have to create a happier world. I will really, really miss "Awake," a wonderful show which was mysterious, very well witten and literate, brilliantly acted, emotionally involving, and which left me with tears in my eyes.
I loved the ending, given that it is probably the end of the entire series. What made "Awake" so special was that in addition to the mystery, it resonated with an emotional poignancy rarely seen on television; and great credit goes to the writers and actors for that. I actually cared about Britten and his family, and did not want either his wife or son to be dead. So if the show has to end, I like this ending. But we should realize that this episode was shot months ago, and it was not intended to be the end of the series, but to perhaps open up more questions. Has Britten imagined a new dream, one which is happier for him? Will that dream start to fray because it is not "the truth?" Or is this "the truth," because it is what Britten has been able to create? This leads to questions about what is real, and whether it is better to live in the harsh world of reality, or imagine a happier one. Remember the episode when the troubled young man who wanted information about his sister was told
I felt the ending was amazing like inception almost. U don't know if all was a dream or not. I personally believe the red reality was real and he is stuck in possibly some type of coma and this is the new reality he created for himself.
I felt that the final episode was the perfect ending to a series that was starting to get boring and predictable. I myself did not see the ending coming and I liked the way the producers left it open ended so it was up to our own interpretation. My interpretation of the final was that his two "realities" were actually just a bad dream (hence the reason why when he finally "woke up" both his wife and son made comments suggesting that he was sleeping for a long time). When your sleeping you have no sense of time, so to us (the viewers) as well to him, this all took weeks, but in his own reality (where both his wife and Rex survived) it may have only been a matter of hours (maybe 12hrs); and the reason why he finally woke up was because he finally solved the case that was presented to him at the beginning of the dream (or the beginning of the season for the viewers)
I thought the ending was perfect and I am glad that this is the series final. The show started getting borng half way through the season as I felt it was the same thing over and over again, but then in the final 2 episodes they brought something new and different, something that I actually didnt see coming. After watching the first epsiode all that went through my mind was WTF? They left it very open so its pretty much up to your own interpretation as to what happened. For me, my interpretation was that the two "realities" were both just a bad dream (hence why when he "woke up" Rex and Hanah made comments suggesting that he was sleeping for a long time)
After watching the majority of the series online in the last two days I'll have to say that I was very have to agree with other posters that the last episode was a definite cop out - it's the oldest trick in the book and reflects a lack of imagination on the part of the writers. I was reservedly wondering if this is how they were going to end it, and it brings to mind the god-awful ending of "Lost," a series which I also loved up until about the last season. While the concept was great, it's really unfortunate that the writers couldn't be more imaginative. It's not enough to create a good series if the ending just somehow falls in line with one of the most cliched narrative tricks for closing a story out. It's too bad it's been cancelled, though...
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