Aeon Flux season 3, episode 2 Isthmus Crypticus

2 Nov

In this episode, Trevor becomes obsessed with and imprisons an anthropomorphic bird creature, while Aeon tries to rescue the creature’s mate also a captive of Trevor. We are introduced to Una, a friend of Aeon’s who can translate a ancient writing on a document that would allow them to rescue the two creatures. Nevertheless, Una, who sees a photo of the anthropomorphic male bird, develops feelings of love towards him. At the end of the episode she literally falls for him when she looks into his hypnotic eyes. They flee together in the sky while the female is killed and lies in Trevor’s arms.

The episode put Aeon and Trevor in the background to focus on Una it seems. We can see her dreams when she falls asleep where Aeon appears like a parasite who enables her to fulfill her fantasies. It is interesting to see that Peter Chung, the director, is able to give his heroine, Aeon, an antipathic aspect. The reverse theme is recurrent in Chung’ s universe. The main characters in this episode and their preoccupations are secondary.  By focusing and giving consistence to a second role, Una, Chung once again proves that everything is not all black or all white. While usually, the right vision of a situation is the one of the hero, here, and as in the episode “war”, he shows us that it is just a matter of point of view. For Una, Aeon and Trevor’s passionate war is an embarrassment to her own fulfillment. The director succeeds in showing that everybody’s fantasies interact and at the same time hamper one another. Indeed, Trevor Goodchild keeps captive in another room his bird creature’s mate not to be disturbed. Aeon gets jealous of Trevors relationship with the creature and accepts to deliver the creatures only to annoy Trevor. At last, Una betrays Aeon to escape with the male bird creature.

I like the way the heros are punished in this episode. Neither Trevor nor Aeon get what they want. As Aeon reminds us “Some people are not made to be together”. We are shown that depending on how a situation is depicted and from which point of view, we are likely to be on the side of the one whose perspective is put forward.

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