TLATD .. Questioning Dimensions of Time and Space

Dimensions of time and space

The Living and The Dead: Dimensions of Time and Space, and a Stunner ending/beginning.

What can I say? I was left gobsmacked … not an American expression, but the only one I can think of that describes where the last scene of the last episode left me.. It’s difficult to express; it’s even more difficult to wrap one’s head around all the strings that bound this story together. And it’s more than an assault on our logic; it’s the disintegration of logic as we currently know it, the assumptions our minds make given the (only) information that has been revealed to us at any given point. Information that deliberately leads us in conflicting directions … which is exactly the story-teller’s intention.

We here do not view this “assault on our logic” as a criticism, it is a good and valuable attempt to broaden our thinking, to seek out other possibilities, and learn more.  So when it is stated (as a fact) that the car could not have been there, it may be time to revisit another point of view.  Part of Nathan’s dilemma was the abrupt challenge to existing science of his time, and his struggle to accept other possibilities as real.  There were other clues as to his descent into madness, but it appears this intense conflict contributed significantly.

Of course, we will be revisiting time and again. The first viewing is not enough.


(Cat's Eye)

7 comments on “TLATD .. Questioning Dimensions of Time and Space

  1. Reviews: Particularly liked Den of Geek, who recognized in their review the value of the vapor trail and the book of light in the first episode. Two scenes that have been treated by some as mistakes on the part of the film maker, raising their eyebrows as if to say something wrong here, something unimaginable. (Imagine that!)


  2. While I am not given to lingering on Colin’s physical attributes, I must say here that there were scenes where Colin was so stunningly beautiful, he took up the screen, and one only wanted to linger there and try to embed it in memory forever.


  3. Twosocks says:

    Finally got to read this! I am finding so many little nuances in this series. Maybe why I am enjoying rewatching so many times. A for instance: couldn’t quite figure out why Guidion opened that little door when they were getting ready for Nathan’s mom’s funeral till I realized he was stopping the clock. Now this is probably a common tradition, but the fact that they chose to film it—-. I have a book on Thomas Hardy and folklore coming and am hoping to find even more connections. Such an interesting time and place and glad to further explore it with Colin/Nathan!

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    • You’re right, Joan … this is a very old tradition. There’s an old song which describes it, too.
      “My grandfather’s clock was too tall for the shelf So it stood ninety years on the floor
      It was taller by half than the old man himself Though it weighed not a pennyweight more
      It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born And was always his treasure and pride. But it stopped, short never to go again
      When the old man died
      Ninety years without slumbering, tick tock, tick tock
      His life seconds numbering, tick tock, tick tock
      It stopped, short never to go again
      When the old man died.

      This, along with covering any windows in the room. Traditions in respect of the family’s recent loss.


  4. You haven’t reached E06 yet, but we are all very interested in your thoughts when you do. 🙂


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