Oh you thought one surprise would be enough did ya? Well how eight more for genetically equal size, and another arguably bigger one for spice. That’s right boys and girls, your happy go lucky summer space adventure has just turned into anything but, and if current trends are any prediction, it’s only going to grow more heated from here on out. There’s a lot of shenanigans to work through—and just enough time to do it.
As discussed last episode, the reveal that all of KnA’s cast are clones of certain people should not prove too surprising. Physical appearances, family relations, and all the teasing surrounding the manipulation of genetics and memory were enough to give it away, and that’s before we got the Quitterie-Funicia one-two punch last time. The use of clones specifically for immortality is probably a little more shocking, but also well televised for those with keen eyes—after all, it’s hard denying how some of these kids were treated and Zack’s father’s obsessive focus on memory transplantation. The interesting thing (at least for me) rather is how our little parent council intended on using their clones to become immortal. Memory transplant alone does not imply immortality for example, as it completely avoids the essence which makes us unique—i.e. a soul or similar. No whole brain and spinal cord transfer, no living beyond your age (and there’s plenty of philosophical arguments and neuroscience studies supporting this). I suspect KnA actually means whole brain data swapping when they mention memory (a la Altered Carbon), but there’s certainly room to delve farther down this rabbit hole if the series is inclined to further flesh out its variety of human rejuvenation. Just ask our one spunky girl whose backstory has been conveniently left in reserve.
Whether we get to that though will be heavily dependent on KnA’s next major reveal, because oh boy this one is going places. I cannot be the only one for example who just assumed home for these kids was Earth and went from there, but lo and behold the truth that we’re dealing with both clones and some variety of temporal multiverse. One hell of a twist (and one I actually went back to episode one to verify), but one definitely helping fit some of these pieces together. The presence of identical ships on distant planets? The apparent obsolescence of Paulina’s astronaut gear and equipment? It starts making a lot of sense if you consider Paulina (and others) crossed over to KnA’s universe via a wormhole of some variety. Oh did I mention we already have such a wormhole too? Yeah, everything needed for some serious mental fun and games is present for duty.
It’s going to be incredibly interesting seeing how KnA fits in this latest jaw dropper with everything else we’ve seen (and providing an explanation for it), because if one person and her fellow crew did wind up crossing between universes, just imagine who else preceded (or followed in) their wake. Best pepper that angus boys and girls, it’s popcorn time.