further thoughts from 2001:space odyssey
2. in fact, this first encounter with 'fear' is clearly illustrated when HAL's shutting down: 'i can feel it. i can feel it. i can feel it.' paradoxically, until HAL was faced with a new condition (ex. dying), he did not have a chance to realize any emotion at all. which makes me wonder if HAL knew that he was 'alive,' which is different than 'becoming operational.' he was never close to death, which means it may be impossible for HAL to realize HAL itself was alive.
3. monolith: what if the monolith was a live being? i mean, HAL was alive. so what/how to say that monolith was an unconscious thing? if i did not know about fungus, i may think they are like dirt, which would be inanimate. but fungus is alive, just not so obvious as its biological behavior is radically different than other life forms. could it be that monolith was always seeing things?
4. if monolith was seeing things, may be all four parts of the movie (dawn of man, TMA-1, jupiter mission, and beyond the infinite) was happening simultaneously. looking at the nebulous 'ending' of the movie, this interpretation is becoming more and more attractive to me. time is sequential yet time is space-dependent. if monolith was alive and watching, may be it did occupy all four time zones simultaneously. IF someone have never seen a reflection (on water, mirror, whatever), he/she cannot possibly understand satellite communication (based on reflection: wave forms, generation/reception).
5. was HAL bringing the dawn of a new age, jupiter? the idea of burning bright red orbit make the connection irresistible. if so, is HAL responsible for the next phase of life? just monolith was? like the sun, which saw, HAL did see. only difference would be that HAL interacted, the sun did not. but how can one be sure that sun did not interact? what if monolith was another representation of the sun in the contrasting form (black, matte finish, square and 'planted')
5. what the hell happened in the ending?