hey i just met you.
and this is crazy.
but i saw you at your dad's party that i wasn't supposed to attend and i thought you were pretty cute so i followed you and we kissed but then your nanny called you away and i found out you were a capulet and got bummed so i sneaked into your back yard in the middle of the night and climbed your balcony uninvited to profess my undying love after an hour even though i wanted to bone rosaline like two scenes ago.
so marry me maybe.
This episode seems (to me) frequently forgotten, not overly significant to the overarching plot of Season 1. You get proof of your previous suspicion that Adam is an arrogant, self-absorbed idiot, and the awkward humor of observing him on Floor 16 and at the end of the episode. But the real purpose of the episode is a lot bigger and more pointed.
The Long Game is a commentary on corruption in media, on the dangers of information handling. Satellite Five is in control of all information in the Empire, and that means that it controls the Empire itself. Humans think that they know all the facts, but when questioned, are taken aback by the realization that they really don’t know anything. There are some lessons to be taken from this episode - namely, question authority. Question the news. Don’t believe everything you’re told simply because it comes from the official source. And never, ever give a single entity total control over the information.
I find this episode to be very 1984-esque, with total observation at all times and manipulation of information. If people act outside the norms, they are “promoted” and killed. But they keep working for that promotion, trying to serve Satellite 5, because they haven’t thought to question it.
Because the walls are made of gold.
The average Nerdfighter spends five times less time watching TV than the average American.
I wonder how/if that corresponds to time spent online.