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The Zion Loop Explained
After having watched the much-awaited sequel to the Matrix, everyone who has seen it should have by now realized that the most important scene in the movie is the encounter between Neo and the Architect of the Matrix. Everything that happens before this encounteris merely instrumental and leads to this most
significant event. The superb CGI fight scenes, the introduction of rogue sentient programs like the Key Maker, the Merovingian and the Twins, Neo’s new superpowers, the replicating virus Agent Smith, as well as the new cast of characters from Zion are all
interesting but are purely tangential to the new revelation that is made apparent to Neo by the Architect. After all, the Wachowskis made the Matrix sell not solely due to the unique fight scenes but
also, and perhaps more so, due to the revelation concerning reality within the Matrix movie.
The Architect – a sentient program, explains to Neo that he created the Matrix – a program designed specifically to enslave the sleeping minds of humans comprising the “power plant”, which provides energy for the sentient machines. The first version of the Matrix was a failure because it was designed to be a perfect world. People’s minds rebelled against this perfect Matrix.
The phenomenon of a prefect world inhabited by imperfect human minds eventually led to unnecessary deaths and ultimately deprived the machines of their energy source. This, we already know from Agent Smith when he held Morpheus captive and was
attempting to obtain from him access to the Zion main frame during the first Matrix movie. The Architect in the sequel gives a similar explanation.
The Architect further explains that in order to produce a better Matrix, he had to base it upon the imperfections of human history. To better serve the needs of the machines, this Matrix had to cater to flawed human thought. Human thinking then had to be examined and investigated and this required another
sentient program to fulfill the role.
Thus, the Oracle came into being. However, as the Architect implies,“Oracle” was a name given to her by humans. At this
point, it can be noted that the due to its specific role of understanding the human mind, the Oracle was the only sentient program with the greatest capability of understanding humans.
Thus, the ability of the Oracle to “predict” what human beings would do within the Matrix became manifest, similar perhaps to how well the best psychologist could predict what a person
would do, if that psychologist had the best understanding of said individual.
As a best solution, the Oracle came up with improvements to the Matrix to accommodate the human mind. Yet despite being the best solution, the new Matrix could only be accepted by 99% of human minds hooked to it. 1% would always rebel or would
inevitably “free” themselves of the Matrix. Those who did free themselves would form the human “rebellion” and constitute themselves as the last human city, Zion.
Faced with this, the machines came up with a mathematically precise prediction: that 1% of those hooked to the Matrix would always rebel, these rebels would grow in number, would eventually wage war and would always threaten the existence of the machines.
Thus, another solution was introduced with the help of the Oracle. An outlet had to be developed; like an automatic drainage system for floods that got out of hand. Human beings needed an outlet to enable the machines to stay in control of them.
Thus the “Prophecy of the One” was conceived, and the Oracle would become part of the Matrix in order for humans to come into contact with her. They would not, however, be allowed to learn that she was a program and not human herself.
With her prophetic ability to predict human behavior within the Matrix, it was easy for her to create an oracle-like reputation. She would then spread this new gospel: that there would come a freed human being capable of wondrous feats within the Matrix, who would lead the human rebellion to victory over the machines.
A human mind, on occasion, would be endowed with the capacity to surpass the programming rules of the Matrix – an inherent flaw or “anomaly” as the Architect calls it, within the present Matrix program.
Yet even the inevitability of the anomaly or the “one”, would be used by the machines in their grand “prophecy” plan.
Once the “one” is found, the machines would begin their assault against the human rebellion. The ultimate conclusion of this so-called “prophecy”, as the Architect explains, would come when the “one” enters the room with the door made of light, in which
the Architect resides. At this point, the machines would be at the brink of destroying Zion. The one would then be faced with a stark choice. The first option is for the one to go back to the “source” and allow Zion to be destroyed but, in return, he would be allowed by the machines to choose 16 women and 7 men to be freed from the Matrix to rebuild Zion. The other
option is to save loved ones from imminent death but this would result in the destruction of the Matrix and the death of all human beings.
The Architect reveals to Neo that this “prophecy” has so far worked in favor of the machines, as Neo discovers that he is in fact the 6th “one” to face the Architect.
All of Neo’s predecessors apparently have chosen to go back to the source and save human beings from extinction. The past existence of five other “ones” are confirmed in the movie when Agent Smith says to his copy that “it is happening all over again as before”. This is further reinforced by the Merovingian when he admonishes Neo that his “predecessors had more respect”.
In the first movie, after being freed from the Matrix, Neo asks Morpheus where they are. To this, Morpheus replies that “more important than where, is when”. He goes on to say, “you believe we are in 1999 when we are in fact closer to the year 2199.” But as the Architect elaborates to Neo, “the Matrix has been around far longer than you imagine”.
In Matrix Reloaded, Morpheus claims, in his speech to the people of Zion, that the war with the machines has been going on for the past one hundred years. But with the Architect’s revelation, apparently, every hundred or so years Zion has been rebuilding itself since the first “one” appeared. To accomplish the illusion that each Zion is the only one that existed, no human rebel should, theoretically, be left alive with the memory of a former Zion. Thus, each Zion built has the appearance of being the original, with none having come before it.
After his encounter with the Architect, Neo tells Morpheus that the prophecy is a lie. It is designed merely as another means of control over humans. (We recall that the reason for this “Zion Loop”, as I call it, is the containment of the 1% of human minds, over which the Matrix eventually will have little or no control).
The mechanism of the “prophecy” allows the growing population of rebels from that 1% to destroy itself when a critical number is reached. In this case, it appears to be 250,000 human rebels, the same number of sentinels comprising the army drilling its way to
Zion. This critical number is deemed by the machines as a point at which they are in the greatest danger of being overcome by humans. Therefore, whenever the rebel population is about to reach this critical mass, a number of things begin to happen. First, the “one” is found through the machinations of the Oracle, using
someone like a “Morpheus” as an instrument. Second, an army of machines begins their assault upon Zion.
Third, the way is paved such that the “one” reaches the Architect – also through the instructions of the Oracle. And finally, the “one” inevitably chooses to save humanity as predicted by the machines. Thus, the cycle begins all over again.
However, in the sequel, the Architect himself is quite impressed with Neo compared to his five predecessors. Furthermore, Neo does not make the choice his predecessors made.
Is humanity doomed? What new revelation do the Wachowskis have for us in the upcoming concluding episode of the Matrix?
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