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Welcome back! This week we’re tackling episode 36 of Last Podcast titled “Sandwiches in the Matrix”. This is obviously well before the outline phase of the series. It seems to be before the “discussing topics” phase of the series as well because this one is all over the place like a body dropped from a skyscraper. With that dire warning and mental image, let’s dive in!
A Big Bunch of Nothing
We start this episode off with Ben being tormented by Marcus and Henry repeatedly singing Tom Petty’s “Don’t Do Me Like That” to the point of him screaming. Even working with the mentally challenged wasn’t this annoying. Once these shenanigans are over, they explain that Henry had a fascinating topic all week and came downstairs that morning to tell them it was all bullshit. The idea was glitching in the Matrix as popular on Reddit at the time. Henry’s example here is a young man making a sandwich, leaving the room, and coming back to find the meat and bread back in their packaging. In reality, this is thinking you were going to make a sandwich and then NOT making a sandwich.
While some discussion does happen on these glitches. Henry’s personal experience was finding his Communion ring while cleaning his apartment. He should have had it and decided to call his mother. When she found it had vanished from her file cabinet she said it was a sign from God that he was still there and watching him. Henry’s response? “COME AT ME GOD!!”
Some form of astral projection is discussed before Marcus talks about magic manipulating reality and reveals he has been using masturbation sigils.
This is important for the broader scope of the series because both he and Henry would eventually begin practicing Chaos Magick. Ben, on the other hand, can’t wrap his head around cumming while staring at a piece of paper.
After a massive derailment about Marcus’ sexuality and the acceptance of using a “fuck-burrito,” Henry begins discussing a study that found that our brains process information in chunks and that it buffers that, then catches up to current reality. He theorizes that these gaps in perception could be the entry point for UFO’s, aliens, and the paranormal. Or maybe it’s people from the future pretending to be aliens? I don’t know. You go listen to this rambling madness. I’ll wait. Ben’s fascination with mayo infused coffee at this point is almost a welcome change if it weren’t so gross.
Here we get to what may be Henry’s favorite subject of the episode. Philip K. Dick. His stories tend to deal with a character learning that reality isn’t what they thought it was. In 1974, Dick answered the door to a dark-haired woman who shot a beam of information into his brain showing him that time is all happening at once and that his books are all real events happening in alternate dimensions. I’m sure it had nothing to do with painkillers, speed, and the blood clot in his brain that killed him. At any rate, this experience terrified him and he spent his life crusading all of these facts.
Henry had a similar experience in college involving The Dude coming to him on mushrooms to explain reality. That explanation is so bizarre I’m not even going to try and cover it here. It’s stoner logic man. Groovy.
The boys acknowledge the fractured nature of this episode but think they had a fascinating topic. They all agree to turn the lights out and trip on shrooms until they realize no one has any shrooms and Marcus has to shit anyway.
This episode is the auditory equivalent of being mugged in the subway. It’s loud, confusing, unpleasant for the most part, and blessedly over soon. I see Henry as a fairly intelligent person but he is absolutely all over the place in this one. If you’ve ever tried to seriously find meaning in the film version of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” then you may be prepared for this one. I’m not saying skip this one, but I am saying don’t try to understand it. Like the greatest mysteries in life, it just is and can not be known.
Episode 36 on Spotify
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