gung-ho sci-fi series kicked off a mind-blowing Season 1 finale. Flynne Fisher (Chloe Grace Moretz) has made some literally life-altering decisions to protect her family, as alliances hop onto train tracks in the distant future.
It was action-packed, exciting and a little confusing – we expected no less from the time travel thriller. Let’s dive into the biggest questions raised in this twisty finale in the spoiler-filled section below.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Why is Flynne technically committing suicide?
From the first episode, the Research Institute (of future London in 2099, which is about 70 years ahead of Flynne’s time) had put a hit on Flynne simply because she had seen too much, thanks to the little game ” SIM” of the mysterious Aleita set up. She was pursued by mercenary bounty hunters, local Clanton County drug lord Corbell Pickett, and retired killer Bob. She successfully left them all in the dust, but Dr. Cherise Nuland, a prominent figure in the Research Institute, is relentless and plans to finally blow up a silo in Flynne County that would surely wipe out her and everyone she loves.
Yet Flynne comes up with an ingenious plan to save himself and his town, even if he looks like she wasn’t in the picture. In future London, she asks Inspector Lowbeer to lead her to an “end portal” (a “stopper” being an alternate timeline), where she can create a new connection with her body in the past. She convinces Dr. Nuland that she escaped for good by overwriting the coordinates (locked in a fancy antique-looking watch) and wakes up in the (fictional) mountain town of Clanton, North Carolina – a reboot which creates a new fragmented timeline. , or heel, a Dr. Nuland will not be able to easily get his hands on.
Because it dooms his old, unpiloted body to die of malnutrition while strapped to the helmet, Flynne decides to turn this doomed self into an opportunity. She asks Connor to shoot her to get rid of Dr. Nuland and to look like a favor from Inspector Lowbeer to Dr. Nuland, so that Nuland thinks the Inspector is an ally. Flynne then wakes up in future London, where she and Lowbeer reunite. Now they can start working on their master plan: access the world-saving data in Flynne’s brain that will help them prevent the apocalypse The Jackpot (really a series of cataclysmic events, from bees dying to a global pandemic ) to destroy civilization.
This endpoint is where things get tricky Westworld-wise. Due to the show’s editing, it appears that the dead Flynne’s consciousness was transferred to Flynne’s Device (the future robot body accessible via the special helmet). However, the past Flynne died without wearing a helmet. The way this is possible could be that because Flynne created a new base heel, she was just a pilot in her old body. When he died, she returned to her new stub, and then from there, still wearing the helmet, she was able to jump into her future device. Good luck figuring it all out!
Why does the Research Institute want to kill Flynne?
The Research Institute intends to eliminate Flynne because of something to do with bacteria inside his brain. That whole ultra-realistic “SIM” game sequence in Episode 1, where Flynne pilots his brother Burton’s peripheral (the robot the headset connects to), turned out to be part of Aleita’s plan to fly and hide “the entire library” of files from the Research Institute. Aleita thought she could upload the stolen files to Burton’s haptic implants, storing them in the past timeline where they would be untraceable. Because Flynne has no implants, the helmet “translated the data into bacterial DNA,” according to Ash. This data then began to “colonize” his brain. (That explains all the fits Flynne had.)
What data exactly? Data on what’s called a “neural adjustment mechanism,” which sounds like a mind control hoax. In episode 5, Grace, an employee of the Research Institute, naively reveals to Aleita that they are behind the haptic implants integrated into American soldiers in the heel, including Burton and Connor. These implants can subtly “goose” the subject’s “neural chemistry” into the “compassion center” of the brain. The Research Institute believes that with this technology, it can prevent mob violence and influence society at a higher level. Grace blurts out that they are already implementing some of these changes.
Dr. Nuland is determined to ensure that this information never becomes public knowledge, fearing both backlash and increased risk of the technology being hacked and weaponized. For these reasons, she intends to do whatever it takes to destroy Flynne and his invaluable brain data.
Lev Zubov’s green-eyed ‘technical’ worker Ash, who uses ‘quantum tunnels’ to communicate with the stubs, reveals that she would like to sequence the bacteria and present the data to the Neoprims or Neo Primitives – those who survived the Jackpot and aren’t the biggest fans of the future world’s power structure. (It’s possible that it was the people of Aleita, who all dug the implants behind their ears that are used to establish “neural links” with others and provide “immunity boosting”, but also suppress the memory.) Ash hopes the Neoprims can “burn the world down and build a new one in its place.”
What does the Research Institute do in Flynne’s timeline?
In episode 7, Inspector Lowbeer reveals to Flynne the intriguing information from the Metropolitan Police. She reveals that Connor did not lose his limbs during the Texas War in the original timeline, before Flynne’s heel was created. The haptic technology he and Flynne’s brother Burton are integrated with hadn’t been developed for two decades. In this original timeline, Burton – fighting as a regular soldier instead of an upgraded soldier – was killed, while Connor survived unscathed.
Lowbeer says the Research Institute opened Flynne’s heel and tinkered with it at least a decade earlier than Flynne had thought. The result is vast discrepancies between the two timelines, the most pressing of which is the accelerated advent of The Jackpot apocalypse. Only Dr. Nuland knows why the Research Institute brought him forward.
Is Lev Zubov a villain?
He’s rich, Russian, and sports an impressive goatee, so he must be a bad guy, right? Yet, at the start of the season, Zubov had positioned himself as a good guy instead, working on the same side as his nice friend Wilf. Still, tensions soon begin to simmer within Zubov’s compound until Ash reveals that Zubov is a “killer”. Flynne learns from Wilf that Zubov is interested in cloning—another red flag—and Zubov begins both lying to Wilf and dodging his questions, including one about Zubov’s true motives and goals. “Be careful what you ask…I would hate to stop calling you a friend,” Zubov said.
Episode 4 is where Zubov really ends his villain status. Because he can’t stand the idea of other versions of himself living there in multiple timelines, he has paid assassins (via a “quantum tunnel” that allows him to communicate with the past) to assassinate his family about 70 years ago, in the exploded timelines.
At least Zubov reveals more of his intentions: All this time he was paying Aleita to steal data from the Research Institute on how to open a stub, so the Klepts – wealthy families like Zubov’s who benefited from the Jackpot and became de facto leaders. of the world – can use dissenting timelines for their own immoral ways of making money. For example, Zubov’s brother Alexei used stubs to test drugs on human populations in the past.
Of course, Aleita turned against Zubov after destroying an implant that had suppressed her memories. Now remembering that it was Zubov’s father and the other Klepts who eradicated his and Wilf’s family along with 5 million others for fear of contagion, Aleita teams up with other children of the deceased to begin a war with the Klepts. All they need is technology from the Research Institute, the plans for which are stored in Flynne’s head.
What does the post-credits scene of The Peripheral mean?
In a brief but grim post-credits scene, we get a pretty clear idea of what Zubov’s intentions will be in the seasons to come. Zubov and his wife head to a reputable dining spot, where they discover three older men waiting at their table. Fearing the worst from influential members of the Klept, Dominika bids farewell to her husband and quickly leaves the scene.
Meanwhile, Zubov receives a lesson in cauterizing wounds from the Klept gentlemen, which implies that he must eradicate Aleita – who could pose a threat to their status – and her kind, just as the Klepts slaughtered their families ago. decades in ‘transit camps all over England.
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