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Most interesting science fiction premise

For me it’s Red pill & Blue pill, a terminology introduced in all-time favourite science fiction movie – Matrix.

A theme still popular in science fiction culture from the 1999 classic.

The red pill, together with its opposite the blue pill, is a metaphor representing a choice between the “red pill”, representing a life of harsh knowledge, desperate freedom, and the brutal truths of reality, and the “blue pill”, representing a life of luxurious security, tranquil happiness, and the blissful ignorance of the harsh realities of life, basking in an (essentially dishonest) illusion.

Meaning behind premise

The terms, popularized in science fiction culture, are directly derived from a scene in the 1999 film The Matrix.

Movie Scene in Matrix (Precedent)

Matrix

In The Matrix, Neo (Keanu Reeves) hears rumors of the Matrix and a mysterious man named Morpheus. Neo spends his nights at his home computer trying to discover the secret of the Matrix and what the Matrix is. Eventually, another hacker, Trinity, introduces Neo to Morpheus.

Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) explains to Neo that the Matrix is an illusory world created to prevent humans from discovering that they are slaves to an external influence. Holding out a capsule on each of his palms, he describes the choice facing Neo:

Crux of the scene

This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.

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The red pill represented an uncertain future — it would free him from the enslaving control of the machine-generated dream world and allow him to escape into the real world, but living the “truth of reality” is harsher and more difficult. On the other hand, the blue pill represented a beautiful prison —it would lead him back to ignorance, living in confined comfort without want or fear within the simulated reality of the Matrix.[1]

Global impact of storytelling

This is how movies and series become a part of our culture. There’re so many shows which have left a worldwide impact from cultures like Mexican, Spanish, Indian etc. From using references to various tv shows like F.R.I.E.N.D.S, in our regular day-to-day lives, to becoming a cult in various societies.

Moreover, with OTT platforms people have exposure to stories from various parts and cultures of the world. This has resulted in ever-increasing demand for video content worldwide. With the decreasing cost of internet in countries like India, there’s a huge market for movie-making business in developing countries.

And also, the art of storytelling is one of the best ways to keep people rooted to their culture. From Indian epics to Greek mythology, storytelling has transpired from ages to the present 21st century world.

Footnotes

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_pill_and_blue_pill