Aeon Flux

It’s not that often that I’m confounded by the meaning of a show, but the avant-garde sci-fi series Aeon Flux was one mystery after another. While the heavily stylised animation, dubious vocal direction, random themes, and rather bizarre thematic preoccupations, each episode was a minor puzzle to me.

I suspected that it was animation film-festival fare: concept, setting, and ironic ending, but not a fully developed narrative arc. The stuttering commentaries really didn’t help.

However reading up the Wikipedia explanations gave me a much better appreciation of what was happening and what the creators were doing. I do like the series, but it did come across as incoherent especially the episodes that attempt grand themes – the bicameral mind (the background explanation is quite creepy), the Demiurge, and the final episode.

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