Note: I realise the title might look like I’m connecting the two things. I’m not, this is two separate musings in one post because I came up with them at the same time and I am too lazy to make separate posts.
Firstly: I just realised the logic of Negative having an eye on his screen. At first, I thought it was just to make him more creepy, another bit of weirdness to go with the anti-gravity ink and sudden propensity for violence.
But then I realised- the word negative isn’t just about bad connotations, or things you might wish to avoid. It can also be used in terms of “inversion”. like in a photo negative. And looking at the most obvious changes in RGB to Negative, that’s what seems to be going on.
- Colours. Not only is there the obvious transition from colours to black-and-white, there’s a post in the depths of Mod’s TPOH tag where somebody spotted that RGB’s previous colouration was designed so that they could be made inverse then converted to black and white.
- Anti-gravity ink drool. This one is fairly obvious- RGB drool goes down, Negative ink-stuff goes up. Also another colour-to-black-and-white thing
- Behaviour. Instead of reverting to his usual defensive stratagem of distractions and tactical retreat when faced with anything potentially dangerous and aggressive, Negative!RGB becomes thus himself.
In other words, Mod was being quite literal when she said that her editing process for Negative was “make it more ‘no’ “. Any way, my point is, the eye on Negative’s screen is part of this continued pattern of inversion. On a television, the screen is for viewing. With Negative’s eye, the screen becomes the viewer, an inversion of function. Not only is it creepy as hell, it’s a really neat bit of logical design.
Secondly, dreams and sleep. I’ve pondered about this a bit before, without reaching any definite conclusions (though I was in a track either close enough or so wildly out of the ball park that I actually got a brief response from Mod, though obviously it was of the absolutely non-committal variety). However, I’ve done a bit more thinking and I’ve come up with a few ideas.
I would present what we know about sleep from this comic. Unfortunately, there isn’t much. We can be sure that sleeping matters, a lot. Why, though, is only alluded too in the vaguest capacity. Also, dreaming matters too, though again, it’s not very clear why. Just now, I realise its probably not the sleeping itself that matters, it’s the dreaming.
It’s pretty certain that’s to do with healing- Madras gives Hero a dream to help her recover from being stabbed by the Fears, a tree that doesn’t dream is “sick”, RGB says that sleep with “patch up” Hero’s re-opened schism. Also, the focus aforementioned post that Mod responded too was a quote from Macbeth about the healing nature of sleep. So, I think we’re on pretty solid ground with guessing that sleep, and by extension dreams, is important in a “healing” sense. What that means for the story as a whole, though, I have no idea. Also, I haven’t a clue as to why dreams “don’t agree with” RGB. Maybe their organic nature isn’t compatible with his electronic brain. I don’t know.
Anyway, while I’m fairly sure the above is on the right track (though I could be horrendously, horrifically wrong), sleep and most specifically dreaming has a wider impact than on just the dreamer. This is first implied when RGB asked Hero “Do you dream?” and when she answers in the affirmative responds “Then we’ll be fine”. The inclusive certainly suggests the far-reaching impact of dreams in this world, plus there’s that night in the graveyard, and RGB admonishing Hero for bringing him into proximity with dreams.
What could that mean, though? If trees dream, and dreams heal, Does that mean the world is going to end slower than previously thought? And assuming the vials used to fight of the Fears at the beginning contained dreams rather than nightmares, might dreams provide protection from nocturnal nasties lurking in that world? Is that part of Hero’s role? Do her dreams protect both her and RGB during the night? As long as she doesn’t get too close to him, that is.
So many questions, and I’m not even sure if they’re the right ones. Ah well. I suppose answers will come in due course. Eventually. Maybe.
(Also, I was a bit bemused at first when RGB purchased such a disproportionate ratio of nightmares to dreams from Madras. But as I read, I came to realise that to expect more dreams than nightmares in this comic in any capacity is simple foolishness.)
Very interesting, you know, I hadn’t quite noticed the dreams/sleep and healing connection until you mentioned it but now that you have, I believe I’ve formulated a reason as to why dreams do not agree with RGB, moreso as well why RGB doesn’t appear to dream himself.
If dreams and sleep represent healing and restoration, then it makes sense they wouldn’t exist within a dead man. That is to say, when RGB sleeps, he doesn’t seem to dream, because he is already dead and simply cannot produce dreams to heal himself, much like that sick tree couldn’t do so. However, let us look at both the tree and RGB’s black and white dream sequence. Both occurrences had one thing in common, that being Hero’s dreams in close proximity.
So, I’ve concluded that though things that are dead or too sick to dream cannot heal themselves, they can be healed, or at least, affected by an outside source of dreams. Now of course RGB knows this, as he’s expressed and exclaimed, but apparently, Hero Healing the tree as well seems to have come as a surprise to him. Perhaps Hero’s dreams are far more powerful than he imagined?
Now, we know now that apparently dreams do not agree with RGB, but what exactly do they do to him? Well, from what we’ve seen, apparently, they bring about a dream of death. But - and this is quite interesting - not a means of death that happened, but one that very much could have (Buster Keaton was not killed by the falling wall but he very well and easily could have been.). A high risk situation where the one thing that could not go wrong went wrong. Potential death. It’s interesting that Mod chose to show us this scenario within a dream sequence, because this death, historically, never has happened. Of course this is not how you died RGB. It’s not how anyone died.
In this way, I imagine dreams do not agree with him simply because the healing and restorative properties of such are trying to help his body recover from death, which of course the first step to is coping, and working backwards, facing one’s moment of non-existence. The problem is, they can’t seem to permeate his stubbornness properly, and instead formulate things that never happened as a substitute, which really isn’t pleasant all it’s own.
They’re trying to fix him but he, something or someone is not letting them.
So thanks to that polite Anon, I’ve re-setup the Chatroom, and am just hanging out. So if anyone wants to have a leetle convo, I’ll be there for the next few hours. So once again for all’s sake
Room Name: The Property of Shenanigans
See ya there most hopefully!