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Zachack
Jun 1, 2000






Comrade Fakename posted:

Those two moments are a lot less unequivocal than you are making out. With the security guard, she could have intuited all that information from her screensaver, as her boyfriend suggested. If she’s schizophrenic, she would have done all the deduction and imagining subconsciously. Similarly, Alma also has all the information required to deduce that her mother broke into the lab - she knows about the break in, and subconsciously she remembers her parents’ arguments and her father experimenting on her.

So it’s still up in the air regarding Alma’s mental state or magic powers. Although if they make a second season I’d imagine they’d lean further into magic as that just opens up more paths for freaky drama. That said, are they even hoping for a second season? This story seems very self-contained.

I think you can see all the evidence in the first example at the end of it and there's no way to have that level of detail without magic. The second one would be a big stretch without magic but I guess could be possible, but I don't see how the first would work.

I also think the not magic scenario undermines things because a lot of Alma's emotional growth is dependent on the magic; the stuff with Sam would shift into a really weird form of make believe being the foundation for (presumably) positive personal growth.

The ambiguity, imo, really only appeared in the last episode and I don't think it worked and kinda botched the end. The show felt like it was written around a "not crazy" scenario.

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