Implications for the end of “Source Code” *SPOILERS*

Yes this is for the end of Source Code and there are spoilers after this sentence. I strongly recommend you watch the film because it’s a good one and shouldn’t be squandered by reading an unimaginative blog such as this.

Anyway so Stevens kisses Christina and after the timer has ceased and his body in the other world now dead, he finds himself in the enviable position of being able to live as Sean to the point of adopting Sean’s reflection. Pretty sweet deal. Now it’s not clear exactly what the Source Code has done, as a result it’s not certain whether it’s taking the Copenhagen or Many World’s interpretation to the alternative universe that Stevens now inhabits. That’s not really a huge deal, although Stevens does say “everything is a little different each time” or words to that effect (ergo Many Worlds).

What makes it unlikely to be Many Worlds, or perhaps making one particular universe’s Source Code the only operational one, is that there are not multiple Stevens from various universes jumping around to different universes- there’s just one. If it were the case of multiple Stevens then surely at least a couple would jump into the same Sean; God only knows what would happen there (splitting that universe to allocate room for both? Copenhagen could be in Many Worlds?). Again this is just me rambling, but I found it bizarre that the creators of the Source Code didn’t find this to be the most likely possibility. I mean here they are, perfectly comfortable with Stevens hijacking Sean’s damaged brain, and walking around in their memory to places that Sean didn’t actually go to and thus has no memory of?

Ok so back to the main implications. If the Copenhagen interpretation stands up, and universes have split off into separate universes due to a quantum event, then the implications are slightly more serious than the Many Worlds interpretation that would have just a small percentage of all universes affected. That being said the following occurred:

– in a plurality of universes affected, Stevens fails his job. The train explodes, the bomb is detonated. In one universe, Christina gets shot to death protecting someone that isn’t really the person she thinks he is. That means that Stevens has a success rate probably around 1%, and has saved two, possibly three (if police use Stevens and Christina’s bodies as evidence in the “discovery” universe) worlds from nuclear disaster out of an uncounted but probably large number of universes.

– first universe Goodwin is going to get court martialled up the wazoo. They will throw the book at her, and for nothing because the Source Code project is barely affected. Furthermore she has made such a strong emotional connection to Stevens through simple text that she feels his suffering outweighs potential, further dramas to which he will not remember and summarily cannot suffer enduringly for.

– “best” universe Goodwin trusts a random message from someone she doesn’t know, to the point that she doesn’t tell her superiors that Source Code is either capable of multiverse transportation or universe splitting.

– Goodwin’s staff friend is a nerd in every possible plane of existence.

That’s not the big issue. The big issue is Sean’s completely bum deal. In the universes that the train bomb goes off, Sean dies, losing the last eight minutes of his life with a woman in all likelihood he loves (except for the first universe). What’s even worse is the planes of existence he doesn’t immolate. One has some asshole he’s never met getting his body shot up, while the other has him hijacking it for the rest of his natural life, scoring with the girl he’s laid all the groundwork for and sleeping in his bed as an imposter. Think of the students Stevens is going to be teaching! Sean’s parents? What about Christina- is Stevens going to tell her about the whole ordeal?

And here’s the weirdest part- Stevens isn’t even dead in the main world! He’s bashed up badly, sure, but given the fact his lips are moving and his brain is wired in, it is safe to say he can remain alive and, um, punching for years to come, especially in a world so technologically superior it can leap unknowingly from universe to universe.

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~ by freeze43 on May 16, 2011.

4 Responses to “Implications for the end of “Source Code” *SPOILERS*”

  1. If the Copenhagen interpretation stands up, and universes have split off into separate universes due to a quantum event, then the implications are slightly more serious than the Many Worlds interpretation that would have just a small percentage of all universes affected.

    I haven’t seen this show, but it sounds like you’re severely confused about the difference between the Copenhagen and Many-Worlds interpretations. Copenhagen strictly rejects Everett branching of universes.

  2. yes, but now you clearly know the spoilers…

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