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1996-04-30 00:00:00 - After Calaway: My Theory - (Deb Coleman <colemand@mcmail.CIS.McMaster.CA>)


After the episode on 9/29 I actually think I know what is going on, which probably means I don't. Anyways, here is my theory. I think Tom was setup to believe that the US soldiers were in that countly killing those people when in actual fact it was performed for his benefit. (Remember he saw the seen to Hidden Agenda in Washington). Then they took away his identity and removed the picture from his studio, making him believe this photo is very important. He goes on the run giving everything he's got to protecting these negatives. These negatives are the most important thing in the world. Here goes: They did all this in order to use him as an experiment for their new mind control techniques. If they could make this man hand over what he thinks is the most important thing in the world, they will have succeeded. Now they will be able to control everyone. With any experiment, he is just one of many (a sample space or something). And JC had said that they had a very high success rate in the episode. There are more nowhere people on the run out there having run-ins with the operatives who are also programmed. Then again, I could be wrong. Why would they go through all this trouble just for Tom. *ponder*. Deb. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Deb Coleman McMaster University Email: colemand@mcmail.cis.mcmaster.ca Deb.Coleman@freenet.hamilton.on.ca Web Page: http://www.freenet.hamilton.on.ca/~ae910/Profile.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

1996-04-30 00:00:00 - Re: After Calaway: My Theory - (Beretz <beretz@access.digex.net>)


On Tue, 30 Apr 1996, Deb Coleman wrote: > After the episode on 9/29 I actually think I know what is going on, > which probably means I don't. Anyways, here is my theory. > > I think Tom was setup to believe that the US soldiers were in that > countly killing those people when in actual fact it was performed > for his benefit. (Remember he saw the seen to Hidden Agenda in > Washington). Then they took away his identity and removed the > picture from his studio, making him believe this photo is very > important. He goes on the run giving everything he's got to > protecting these negatives. These negatives are the most important > thing in the world. > > Here goes: > > They did all this in order to use him as an experiment for their > new mind control techniques. If they could make this man hand over > what he thinks is the most important thing in the world, they will > have succeeded. Now they will be able to control everyone. With > any experiment, he is just one of many (a sample space or something). > And JC had said that they had a very high success rate in the episode. > There are more nowhere people on the run out there having run-ins > with the operatives who are also programmed. > > Then again, I could be wrong. Why would they go through all this trouble > just for Tom. *ponder*. > I think that your close. It has become increasingly evident that TV is indeed some experiment in mind control, but I don't believe it's as simple as a negative. I believe instead that "Tom Veil" is a creation of the organization, just as was the persona of Dr. Novik. The experiment is in seeing how far a person will go to keep their implanted identity. The negative and the relentless pursuit are simply part of the experiment. If TV continues to put his life at risk to recapture an identity that was never his to begin with, the Organization will have succeeded. In this sense by continuing to struggle, TV is inadvertantly helping his enemies. The problem with my hypothesis is that Dr. Novik certainly didn't put up much resistance to going back to "Joe Carter," indicating either that I'm way off or that the Organization's techniques are not yet refined. Chuck human.from.earth

1996-05-01 00:00:00 - Re: After Calaway: My Theory: No, MY theory.... - (sfulks9277@aol.com)


thom@halcyon.com (Thom Randolph) wrote: <<Rather, the whole charade of the jungle, the picture, and the photographer life was the implanted memory.>> I like this theory. After all, if TV's "photographer" life was made up to begin with, it would be trivial for Them to eradicate every trace of it. All they would have to do is remove the props they put in themselves.

1996-05-01 00:00:00 - Re: After Calaway: My Theory: No, MY theory.... - (puddintame@aol.com)


In article <3186e668.196087589@news.halcyon.com>, thom@halcyon.com (Thom Randolph) writes: >What do you think? Sorry for all you LH purists, but I found this >week's installment quite satisfying, with it's twists and turns. In >the end, I was almost hoping one either JC or the "newbie" would go on >the lam with him. But hey, the brooding thing is SO much harder when >there's two guys there. > >Love the show; gotta go! The theory you suggest is similar to ones quite a number of us here on the newsgroup seem to be constructing. It does seem time we dispense with some of the more abstract theories(Like my "It's Tom's own conscience" theory) and consider the more straightforward solution since this is apparently where we are being led. I don't think there's any need to apologize for liking an episode that others don't( I, for example like the UFO episode. Very few seem to agree with me on that one). I didn't like this week's show...it seemed to lack a guiding hand, didn't seem to have a cohernet direction, was fatalistic, depressing and the ending was extremely ham handed. You may have seen something in the show that eluded most of us and I suppose that, in a sense, that's good.

1996-05-01 00:00:00 - Re: After Calaway: My Theory: No, MY theory.... - (puddintame@aol.com)


In article <4m90l7$rk3@newsbf02.news.aol.com>, sfulks9277@aol.com (SFulks9277) writes: >I like this theory. After all, if TV's "photographer" life was made up to >begin with, it would be trivial for Them to eradicate every trace of it. >All they would have to do is remove the props they put in themselves. > > > Yes, remember what Dr. Meyerson said in the UFO episode something to the effect of "People who are frightened will generally accept the first explanation offered to them, no matter how implausible" Tom chose to accept the fact that his life had somehow been erased(a near impossibility no matter HOW powerful the organization is)

1996-05-01 00:00:00 - Re: After Calaway: My Theory - (bmitten@direct.ca)


In article <Pine.SUN.3.93.960430152805.4194C-100000@access2.digex.net>, beretz@access.digex.net says... >I think that your close. It has become increasingly evident that TV is >indeed some experiment in mind control, but I don't believe it's as simple >as a negative. I believe instead that "Tom Veil" is a creation of the >organization, just as was the persona of Dr. Novik. The experiment is in >seeing how far a person will go to keep their implanted identity. The >negative and the relentless pursuit are simply part of the experiment. If >TV continues to put his life at risk to recapture an identity that was >never his to begin with, the Organization will have succeeded. In this >sense by continuing to struggle, TV is inadvertantly helping his enemies. > >The problem with my hypothesis is that Dr. Novik certainly didn't put up >much resistance to going back to "Joe Carter," indicating either that I'm >way off or that the Organization's techniques are not yet refined. This is a similar line of thinking to what I wondered after this episode. If Tom is not his really name, nor are any of his memories real and They did a bad job of implanting the false identity, then the slightest inconsistency would have him wondering about his true identity. Yet with "Tom", even though he's seen all sorts of evidence that his memories are false, he still sticks to them as though they were real. Perhaps Tom was led back to Caloway for the specific purpose of testing Dr. Novik/JC. It seemed strange that Caloway would have publicly published any of Their test results about the experiments, so maybe the information was leaked to encourage Tom (and perhaps others in his situation -- Eddie Powers, maybe?) to return to the hospital. Because of the time-line that Tom is apparently on, They knew he'd be returning soon and conveniently had his old bunky at the hospital with a new identity. Tom was able to crack Novik/JC's false impressions, but Tom (a "later model"?) has consistently been more effectively "impressed". Just my addition to the above theory....

1996-05-01 00:00:00 - Re: After Calaway: My Theory: No, MY theory.... - (thom@halcyon.com)


Deb Coleman <colemand@mcmail.CIS.McMaster.CA> wrote: >After the episode on 9/29 I actually think I know what is going on, >which probably means I don't. Anyways, here is my theory. > >I think Tom was setup to believe that the US soldiers were in that >countly killing those people when in actual fact it was performed >for his benefit. (Remember he saw the seen to Hidden Agenda in >Washington). Then they took away his identity and removed the >picture from his studio, making him believe this photo is very >important. He goes on the run giving everything he's got to >protecting these negatives. These negatives are the most important >thing in the world. > > Here goes: > > They did all this in order to use him as an experiment for their > new mind control techniques. If they could make this man hand over > what he thinks is the most important thing in the world, they will > have succeeded. Now they will be able to control everyone. With > any experiment, he is just one of many (a sample space or something). > And JC had said that they had a very high success rate in the episode. > There are more nowhere people on the run out there having run-ins > with the operatives who are also programmed. > >Then again, I could be wrong. Why would they go through all this trouble >just for Tom. *ponder*. Seems __nearly__ the same to me. Except this: The mind control experiment they performed on TV was not an attempt to persuade TV to give up the negatives. Rather, the whole charade of the jungle, the picture, and the photographer life was the implanted memory. They were using TV to see if they could make a person completely believe the implanted memories. As a test of the reprogramming's effectiveness, they decided to see what would happen when someone with implanted memories was faced with an overwhelming effort by an external force to invalidate those implanted memories. Someone who had even a glimmer of rememberence of their previous real life would begin to revert to their original self, while someone who was completely "rewired" would do everything in their power to hang onto the last thread of their life. Unfortunately for TV, if this hypothesis is true, then his former "life" that they are supposedly trying to erase is actually a complete fabrication. Taking it a step futher, it would seem that they have indeed already "won", if you understand the real "game" to be whether they have successfully replaced whatever TV really did before they "made" him a photographer. His constant running and searching and challenging continue to provide them with experimental evidence of the durability of their implanted memories. Indeed, the whole scene in Washington with the hidden agenda props may have been a test of theirs. They possibly wanted to see whether the reprogramming could be broken down by being directly challenged with the actual truth; that it had all been staged. Yet, even that didn't dissuade TV. The above theory makes some sense for answering the question of why no one is allowed to kill TV. There have been repeated references in early episodes to a "need to know" type of information exchange. If TV is in this super-secret project, and all the other departments have been instructed to erase him (of his implanted memories), then it makes sense why everyone who has contact with him dies. The departments who are unable to erase him quite possibly come to the conclusion that the person they are trying to erase is in fact a construction of a reprogramming project, which could only have been carried out by another department in their organization. Once they speculate on that department's existence, or have contact with it, the inventing department has a strong interest in covering it's trails, and does so. TV is too valuable a lab-rat to allow anyone to hurt or kill him. Likewise, maybe the inventing department's intent is to wipe ALL organization operatives, and that's why it doesn't want the word to get out. Alternatively, each of the other departments may have been set up as more of an obstacle course for the experimental subjects. Attempts to kill or injure the study subjects is strictly against policy, and these people clearly believe in rules. So, my guess is that TV's life with Allison actually STARTED in Calaway. He may have been an operative of theirs before it, and was selected for the experiment. Heck, he may have even volunteered. At Calaway, he was wiped of his real secret-agent life, and implanted with memories of an invented previous life and profession. As we know from another episode, his supposed "wife" was quite friendly with more than one member of the organization. Maybe she too was an operative, whose likeness and personality were used as the constructed wife. With the reprogramming so absolutely believed by TV, he then broke out (or was let out) of Calaway and proceded on his epic journey. If indeed his erased "life" (the implanted one) is a construction, this might also explain how the organization manages to insinuate itself into every corner of his journey. They know his every move because they are the ones who have created his phyche, and have a VERY strong desire to keep very close tabs on him. There have been so many references to "it's not what it seems" that the above seems a plausible explanation. But, it's not the organization and its motives that are being incorrectly interpreted. Rather, it's TV and the whole bad-picture and erasure thing that's been concocted. What do you think? Sorry for all you LH purists, but I found this week's installment quite satisfying, with it's twists and turns. In the end, I was almost hoping one either JC or the "newbie" would go on the lam with him. But hey, the brooding thing is SO much harder when there's two guys there. Love the show; gotta go! Thom Randolph thom@halcyon.com --------------------------------------------------------------------- "Ya-di-ya-di-ya. And so on and so forth. Hey! don't you have any real work to do?" Aw, mommmmm. Do I gotta? ---------------------------------------------------------------------

1996-05-02 00:00:00 - Re: After Calaway: My Theory: No, MY theory.... - (spfuetze@gac.edu)


In article <3186e668.196087589@news.halcyon.com>, thom@halcyon.com says... > >Deb Coleman <colemand@mcmail.CIS.McMaster.CA> wrote: > >>After the episode on 9/29 I actually think I know what is going on, >>which probably means I don't. Anyways, here is my theory. >> >>I think Tom was setup to believe that the US soldiers were in that >>countly killing those people when in actual fact it was performed >>for his benefit. (Remember he saw the seen to Hidden Agenda in >>Washington). Then they took away his identity and removed the >>picture from his studio, making him believe this photo is very >>important. He goes on the run giving everything he's got to >>protecting these negatives. These negatives are the most important >>thing in the world. >> >> Here goes: >> >> They did all this in order to use him as an experiment for their >> new mind control techniques. If they could make this man hand over >> what he thinks is the most important thing in the world, they will >> have succeeded. Now they will be able to control everyone. With >> any experiment, he is just one of many (a sample space or something). >> And JC had said that they had a very high success rate in the episode. >> There are more nowhere people on the run out there having run-ins >> with the operatives who are also programmed. >> >>Then again, I could be wrong. Why would they go through all this trouble >>just for Tom. *ponder*. > >Seems __nearly__ the same to me. Except this: The mind control >experiment they performed on TV was not an attempt to persuade TV to >give up the negatives. Rather, the whole charade of the jungle, the >picture, and the photographer life was the implanted memory. They were >using TV to see if they could make a person completely believe >the implanted memories. As a test of the reprogramming's >effectiveness, they decided to see what would happen when someone >with implanted memories was faced with an overwhelming effort by >an external force to invalidate those implanted memories. Someone >who had even a glimmer of rememberence of their previous real life >would begin to revert to their original self, while someone who >was completely "rewired" would do everything in their power to hang >onto the last thread of their life. Unfortunately for TV, if this >hypothesis is true, then his former "life" that they are supposedly >trying to erase is actually a complete fabrication. Taking it a step >futher, it would seem that they have indeed already "won", if you >understand the real "game" to be whether they have successfully >replaced whatever TV really did before they "made" him a photographer. >His constant running and searching and challenging continue to provide >them with experimental evidence of the durability of their implanted >memories. > >Indeed, the whole scene in Washington with the hidden agenda props may >have been a test of theirs. They possibly wanted to see whether the >reprogramming could be broken down by being directly challenged with >the actual truth; that it had all been staged. Yet, even that didn't >dissuade TV. > >The above theory makes some sense for answering the question of why no >one is allowed to kill TV. There have been repeated references in >early episodes to a "need to know" type of information exchange. If TV >is in this super-secret project, and all the other departments have >been instructed to erase him (of his implanted memories), then it >makes sense why everyone who has contact with him dies. The >departments who are unable to erase him quite possibly come to the >conclusion that the person they are trying to erase is in fact a >construction of a reprogramming project, which could only have been >carried out by another department in their organization. Once they >speculate on that department's existence, or have contact with it, the >inventing department has a strong interest in covering it's trails, >and does so. TV is too valuable a lab-rat to allow anyone to hurt or >kill him. Likewise, maybe the inventing department's intent is to wipe >ALL organization operatives, and that's why it doesn't want the word >to get out. > >Alternatively, each of the other departments may have been set up as >more of an obstacle course for the experimental subjects. Attempts to >kill or injure the study subjects is strictly against policy, and >these people clearly believe in rules. > >So, my guess is that TV's life with Allison actually STARTED in >Calaway. He may have been an operative of theirs before it, and was >selected for the experiment. Heck, he may have even volunteered. At >Calaway, he was wiped of his real secret-agent life, and implanted >with memories of an invented previous life and profession. As we know >from another episode, his supposed "wife" was quite friendly with more >than one member of the organization. Maybe she too was an operative, >whose likeness and personality were used as the constructed wife. > >With the reprogramming so absolutely believed by TV, he then broke out >(or was let out) of Calaway and proceded on his epic journey. If >indeed his erased "life" (the implanted one) is a construction, this >might also explain how the organization manages to insinuate itself >into every corner of his journey. They know his every move because >they are the ones who have created his phyche, and have a VERY strong >desire to keep very close tabs on him. > >There have been so many references to "it's not what it seems" that >the above seems a plausible explanation. But, it's not the >organization and its motives that are being incorrectly interpreted. >Rather, it's TV and the whole bad-picture and erasure thing that's >been concocted. > >What do you think? Sorry for all you LH purists, but I found this >week's installment quite satisfying, with it's twists and turns. In >the end, I was almost hoping one either JC or the "newbie" would go on >the lam with him. But hey, the brooding thing is SO much harder when >there's two guys there. > >Love the show; gotta go! > >Thom Randolph >thom@halcyon.com Actually, this has been my theory all along, albeit the fact that his memories are slowly eradicating. I've always believed that Tom never really existed, that his whole life has been created by Them for Their own insidious purposes. My biggest question at this point is: when did Tom's memories start to become real? When he awoke in the bathroom of the restaurant? When he was taken into Calaway Asylum? When? Of course, this leads into the next obvious question: is any of this real? Guess we'll find out next week in "Coma"... -- -Stephan Pfuetze "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own." "The Prisoner", "Arrival", No. 6

1996-05-02 00:00:00 - Re: After Calaway: My Theory: No, MY theory.... - (wb6w@netcom.com)


My newsreader claims that Thom Randolph (thom@halcyon.com) wrote: : Seems __nearly__ the same to me. Except this: The mind control : experiment they performed on TV was not an attempt to persuade TV to : give up the negatives. Rather, the whole charade of the jungle, the : picture, and the photographer life was the implanted memory. They were : using TV to see if they could make a person completely believe : the implanted memories. As a test of the reprogramming's : effectiveness, they decided to see what would happen when someone : with implanted memories was faced with an overwhelming effort by : an external force to invalidate those implanted memories. (balence of explanation excised - or should that be "erased?) Yep - This theory sure fits the facts at hand. Even the shot of the hidden agenda setup jammed into "Through a lens Darkly" fits as a bit of start irony. Only problem is that there are several more episodes that either must be anticlimactic or the boobs at Disney will reverse course, rather like a fish on the line, several more times before the end of the season. Everything considered, what could be a more appropriate ending than several "fishy" episodes? Hey - stand by for more hot car chases, possibly with a fat bellied southern sheriff in persuit... ...sheesh... be seeing you -- ********************************************************************* * "Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do." * * * * wb6w@netcom.com - Glenn Thomas * *********************************************************************

1996-05-03 00:00:00 - Tom's life HAD to be real - (Doug Shaw <doug@geom.umn.edu>)


How could Tom's past have been a complete fiction? We've met his father and his mother. And the father DID have that photo of him.

1996-05-03 00:00:00 - Re: Tom's life HAD to be real - (SpoonMan01@gnn.com)


In article <318A5570.E3C@geom.umn.edu> Doug Shaw wrote: >Date: Fri, 03 May 1996 11:50:24 -0700 >From: Doug Shaw <doug@geom.umn.edu> >Newsgroups: alt.tv.nowhere-man >Subject: Tom's life HAD to be real > >How could Tom's past have been a complete fiction? > >We've met his father and his mother. And the father DID have that photo >of him. But we don't know if *that* (our) TV is the *real* TV. It could be that the other TV (in Doppleganger) is the real TV. ________________________________________________________________ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1996-05-03 00:00:00 - Re: After Calaway: My Theory: No, MY theory.... - (sfulks9277@aol.com)


PuddinTame writes: <<"People who are frightened will generally accept the first explanation offered to them, no matter how implausible">> Rather, I think: "A simple lie is more believable than a complex truth." This way, Occam's Razor works against finding the true answer.

1996-05-05 00:00:00 - My theory (was: Re: Tom's life HAD to be real) - (broehl@coulomb.uwaterloo.ca)


In article <318A5570.E3C@geom.umn.edu>, Doug Shaw <doug@geom.umn.edu> wrote: >How could Tom's past have been a complete fiction? > >We've met his father and his mother. And the father DID have that photo >of him. Why does that invalidate our theories? Everyone has a mother and father, even operatives for mysterious organizations. My theory: Tom Veil really is Tom Veil (i.e., that's his real name). His mother and father are his real mother and father. However, much of what he "remembers" about his life (being married, being a phtotographer, etc) has been implanted. The implantation process may involve staging events in the real world, and then cleaning up the evidence afterwards (or not, in some cases). They used one of their employees as his "wife". As a previous poster has already suggsted, the photograph isn't really what's important; they're basically using him as a test case to see how well their memory implantation procedure works. This is the real "hidden agenda". Since he's a valuable operative of theirs, the procedure was given a built-in time limit so that he would eventually become "himself" again. The pills he took don't weaken his hold on reality, they're helping him remember the truth. The Organization has tried this sort of thing before, but never this successfully; it's a "third generation" process with exceptional results. I suspect they'll eventually discover that it worked too well. When Tom finds out who he really was, he won't want to go back; the implanted personality, combined with Tom's "insider" knowledge of the Organization, will make him a formidable foe in (hypothetical) future seasons. True, it won't be anywhere near as interesting as what we've seen so far; still, he really will be a "nowhere man". -- Bernie Roehl University of Waterloo Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering Mail: broehl@sunee.uwaterloo.ca Voice: (519) 888-4567 x 2607 [work] URL: http://sunee.uwaterloo.ca/~broehl/bernie.html

1996-05-06 00:00:00 - Re: My theory (was: Re: Tom's life HAD to be real) - (vic33@usa.pipeline.com)


On May 05, 1996 03:36:59 in article <My theory (was: Re: Tom's life HAD to be real)>, 'broehl@coulomb.uwaterloo.ca (Bernie Roehl)' wrote: This is the real "hidden agenda". Since he's a valuable operative of theirs, the procedure was given a built-in time limit so that he would eventually become "himself" again. The pills he took don't weaken his hold on reality, they're helping him remember the >truth. When Tom finds out who he really was, he won't want to go back; the implanted personality, combined with Tom's "insider" knowledge of the Organization, will make him a formidable foe in (hypothetical) future seasons. ---->>> I would rather still have the mystery... but I believe the above theory is probably the truth of what's really been going on. Vic33@usa.pipeline.com http://pwp.usa.pipeline.com/~vic33/ **** FIGHT CENSORSHIP ON THE INTERNET**** ---->>>> WATCH UPNs "NOWHERE MAN"!! <<<<----

1996-05-06 00:00:00 - Re: My theory (was: Re: Tom's life HAD to be real) - (Quintin Stone <stone@yes.vnet.net>)


On Sun, 5 May 1996, Bernie Roehl wrote: > >We've met his father and his mother. And the father DID have that photo > >of him. > > Why does that invalidate our theories? Everyone has a mother and father, > even operatives for mysterious organizations. > > My theory: Tom Veil really is Tom Veil (i.e., that's his real name). His > mother and father are his real mother and father. However, much of what he > "remembers" about his life (being married, being a phtotographer, etc) > has been implanted. The implantation process may involve staging events in > the real world, and then cleaning up the evidence afterwards (or not, in > some cases). They used one of their employees as his "wife". But Tom's father noted that he'd been following Tom's career. So his job as a photojournalist can't have been implanted... if this was truly Tom's father. And with the parting shot of the old photograph, I think we're supposed to assume that he really is. /==================================================================\ // Quintin Stone | The Rebel Programmers Society: \\ // stone@yes.vnet.net | Better living through \\ // "Remember, even silly guns kill." | World Domination \\ \========================================================================/ \\ The RPS pages, new as of 1/31/96! http://laurel.cnidr.org/stone/ // \====================================================================/

1996-05-09 00:00:00 - Re: Tom's life HAD to be real - (Steve <ss@randomc.com>)


Peter Boghossian wrote: > >How could Tom's past have been a complete fiction? > > > >We've met his father and his mother. And the father DID have that photo > >of him. > > But we don't know if *that* (our) TV is the *real* TV. It could be that the > other TV (in Doppleganger) is the real TV. > ________________________________________________________________ Good gosh, I hope you're only kidding. What a horrible theory to have to hold when you sit and watch this show. Trust me, we're on the real Tom Veil now. Only the real Tom Veil would know that there were negs in Larry's safe. SS

1996-05-11 00:00:00 - Re: My theory (was: Re: Tom's life HAD to be real) - (George Holt <geoholt@ix.netcom.com>)


>My theory: Tom Veil really is Tom Veil (i.e., that's his real name). His >mother and father are his real mother and father. However, much of what he >"remembers" about his life (being married, being a phtotographer, etc) >has been implanted. The implantation process may involve staging events in >the real world, and then cleaning up the evidence afterwards (or not, in >some cases). They used one of their employees as his "wife". > >As a previous poster has already suggsted, the photograph isn't really what's >important; they're basically using him as a test case to see how well their >memory implantation procedure works. This is the real "hidden agenda". I'm that previous poster. And I agree with YOUR theory, which is that Alyson isn't actually his wife. That's the FIRST false memory. The wife, the life, perhaps even the past as a photographer are all fake implants. The life Tom is fighting to get back isn't even his. It isn't real. Notice that Tom never photographs anything now? He doesn't even own a camera. Someone that "driven" by his art, as he thinks he is (see the Mirror episode), should NEED to take photographs almost as a compulsion-- it would be an important part of how he relates to life. All of that has just slipped away... because it never was. We don't know WHO Tom Veil is any more. Because he doesn't know either. >I suspect they'll eventually discover that it worked too well. When Tom >finds out who he really was, he won't want to go back; the implanted >personality, combined with Tom's "insider" knowledge of the Organization, >will make him a formidable foe in (hypothetical) future seasons. One of the things I liked about Calloway (I know, everyone else hated it), was the other mental patient who now thought he was a doctor. First of all, I thought the drama (and that actor) very well done, the pain of discovering he has a life that he doesn't even remember. Part of that life (the wife and daughter) he would still want, if he could have it. The other part of that life (being mentally ill) he doesn't want and it would destroy the first part. That is, if ANY of it's true. Maybe he was never insane-- maybe that's an implant too. But in any case, whatever implanted life he's leading as the doctor is an IMPROVEMENT over the previous incarnation as a mental patient. So maybe he wants to keep his new life. Perhaps Veil discovers later that he's a nobody. That photographer life starts to look pretty good... Karen Kimball (posting from husband's account)

1996-05-15 00:00:00 - Re: My theory (was: Re: Tom's life HAD to be real) - (jlhatch@postoffice.ptd.net)


In article <4n2p7g$2dk@dfw-ixnews6.ix.netcom.com>, geoholt@ix.netcom.com says... > > Notice that Tom never photographs anything now? He doesn't even >own a camera. Someone that "driven" by his art, as he thinks he is >(see the Mirror episode), should NEED to take photographs almost as a >compulsion-- it would be an important part of how he relates to life. > Good point! Think about the opening sequence of each show: "I'm keeping a diary..." Why? He's a photographer - why not take pictures all along the way and keep a scrapbook? Wouldn't that be the logical thing for a photo journalist to do? Jeff "Ah! Another Kodak Moment! -TV" Hatch