There’s not much good to say about a long holiday weekend where you’re both sort of sick and you don’t really feel good enough go out and do anything , take up a nice invitation from friends, or have people over. That was our Labor Day weekend here at The Aerie. In fact, the malaise was really only good for getting this space in shape (such as it is) and watching tv.
I really took advantage of the Netflix streaming thru the Wii for watching gone-but-not-forgotten-favorites, namely Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Kolchak: The Night Stalker. I could have watched them for a long time, but for some reason The Beloved wasn’t quite as enthused about these choices as I was. Hmmm…
So, we searched our “Suggested For You” list and came upon the independent science-fiction comedy (a very small genre I would think) “TiMER” with Emma Caulfield (better known as Anya from Buffy) a lonely turning-30 girl that can’t seem to find her dream guy. The science-fiction element comes in because she lives in a world where you can get “the TiMER” — an implanted clock (that looks like an embedded wristband) that lets you know to the second when you’re going to meet The One, your soul-mate. I loved the Apple Store look of the place where you went to get your own, and I’m sure the lower case “i” in TiMER was no error.
This isn’t a heavily existential movie though — as it light-heartedly moves through Anya’s and her similarly soul-mate-less sister try and make it in a world where “fate” has one-upped “chance”. And I think this is why I enjoyed this movie so much. It takes a simple premise and extrapolates it. As an adult it makes you consider some relevant questions:
As for me, I suppose I’m a big Free Will guy. I think that you’d lose a lot the joy and spontaneity of life if everything was prescribed by Fate. And besides, if you only dated your True Love, you’d never have any good — and by good I mean bad but at least fun in retrospect — dating stories like this, or that, or those.
What about you guys? Do you believe in Fate or Chance? Do you believe in The One or are there Many (or Few)? Would you get a TiMER? If you are married, would you and your spouse get TiMERs to “confirm” that you’re Soul Mates? Or would you be afraid to find the answers?