The Secret Meaning Of (Cliffhanger)

I must be suffering from Quarantine Brain. I woke up in the middle of the night and thought, “I’ve figured out the secret of…Minecraft.” (What you thought I was going to tell you the secret of life?)

I realized that Minecraft is not real. I don’t mean not real as in it’s a video game. I mean, obviously it isn’t real. No, I mean that it is not a post-apocalyptic world. It is all in a person’s mind. Their imagination/creative space to be more exact. And to be even more exact, the mind of a young teen or older child. 

Think about it for a second. Cake replenishes your Hunger while carrots, melon, and apples only refill your Hunger a little. But, once you cover the apple or carrot in gold (*ahem* caramel), it becomes way more useful. In what world is cake and junk food better for you? A kid’s world.

Also, you can build and do just about anything in the world of Minecraft. Where else can you do just about anything? In your imagination–especially in the imagination of kids.

But, I’m thinking that the Minecraft world takes place in the mind of older children or young teens because of the ruins and the mobs. The ruins are the old playthings of youth. As we get older, we no longer want to be an explorer looking for treasure in jungles or under the sea. We are no longer interested in playing pirate and looking for buried treasure. We also start to realize that we’ve been placed in this lonely and wild world and we have to survive it.

In other words, the person is at that point where they are growing up but haven’t quite let go of fun and magic.

As for the mobs…

Zombies: These represent those who follow the trends. This is why they all wear the same clothes. They follow the latest trends (fashion or otherwise) and want to “convert” everyone else.

Creepers: Seems pretty self-explanatory. Camouflaged people who like to hang around your base and sneak up behind you then go “tsss.” You know…creepy people. Stalkers, perverts, people who just like to ruin your work by blowing up once you step outside. You know, jerks and creeps.

Endermen: The cool kids. They pretty much leave you alone unless you look at them. Some might chip away at your confidence by running off with blocks from your build (i.e. make fun of your skills, personality, or appearance). They also seem to have the cool clothes/skills (i.e. teleporting–or running really fast depending on which game theory you believe).

And then finally, you make it to the home of the cool kids (The End). You think it’s going to be this awesome place full of awesome things and people, but it really is just a wasteland with a bunch of people standing around. That’s when you learn that they are being enslaved by their own “coolness.” They have to obey the Rules of Cool or the Alpha Cool Kid (the Ender Dragon). It is then your realize the reason they stole your build’s blocks was not out of spite but because they want to craft and build like you.  You then realize they are not as scary as you thought; they’re like you.

Spiders: Fear. They’re scary at night; but during the daytime, they’re not so bad. Or maybe hormones; one minute you’re calm then someone attacks and you go crazy.

The Villagers: These guys and gals are adults. The villagers have, well, a village. They have “civilization.” They have jobs and trading/commerce. It is also nearly impossible to get them to do what you want. They are confusing and stubborn and you wish Mojang would just make it so you could use leads on them! Also, they go “meh, meh, meh,” at you all the time just like the adults in the Peanuts comic strip (LOL). 

Next, the Nether. It is pretty obvious that is supposed to be school. I mean, the Ghasts are wailing. The soul sand holds the tormented souls of students. If you say or do or wear the wrong thing the Pigmen (now the Piglins) will attack you in force; everyone will come after you and not leave you alone until they have pummeled you to death. But you have to go to school (the Nether) in order to mature (i.e. get potion ingredients so you can become faster or stronger or be able to craft an Eye of Ender).

Also, there are the beds. What happens when you try to sleep in the Nether? BOOM! The bed explodes. What happens if you try to sleep in school? BOOM! The teacher comes at you with a ruler.

The Nether could also be puberty. *Shivers* Puberty. What a horrifying word.

Now, one last word to sum up this theory. Have you noticed that the mobs only spawn at night or in dark places? And when do monsters come out to frighten kids? Night. How do kids protect themselves from the monsters? Nightlights. How do you stop the monsters from spawning in Minecraft? Torches or other light sources.

But hey, that’s just a theory…

Nope, no. I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to make fun of The Game Theorists’ catchphrase, but I will mention they have been working on a Minecraft Mega-Theory. And with that I finish by saying…

Happy April Fools! 

Now you get to decide if this post was an April Fools joke or not.


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You in Fortnite | Theories

After watching a video by TheLlamaSir on YouTube about the new season of Fortnite dealing with parallel universes, I started forming my own theories about what could happen. (Probably a lot of wishful thinking on my part.)

In the video it mentions how you can see the vault IRL by using Google Earth. It also mentions the time that Epic Games took objects out of the game and into the real world. So, my idea isn’t that far fetched.

My idea is that Epic Games will make it so the player can be added into Fortnite

We’ve seen them do something similar with the TikTok emote contest. The winners of the contest got their dance/emote added to the game. Epic Games has also added real life people like Marshmello and Ninja. 

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I could see them adding a character creator. I would imagine they would charge to use it or have the basic character forms for free then charge for clothes, pickaxes, and so on. I’d love it if you could select your character’s hair, skin, clothes, and so on.

Another possible, though less likely, theory/idea is that Epic Games promotes some new character skins by having people show up as the characters IRL. Who wouldn’t want to see a real life Fortnite battle? And who wouldn’t want to see an IRL Peely?

What are your theories about the Chapter 2 Season 2? Let’s talk in the comments.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.


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Apex Connection | Infinity Train (Spoilers)

Contains spoilers for Book 2 of Infinity Train.

While watching the last episodes of season 2/book 2 of Infinity Train, I got serious The Matrix vibes. That passenger farm (or tape car) seemed a lot like that place that hooks everyone into the virtual world. When they downloaded the passenger’s memories onto the tape, I started to wonder if The Apex were right. Maybe the passengers weren’t human; maybe they’re clones or robot duplicates. Once I was done shivering from that thought, I started pondering about The Apex.

You meet The Apex in the carnival car but their real story is in the episode “The Mall Car.” The Apex believe that lowering your number is a bad thing; they think that leaving the train is bad. This attitude only reinforced my idea that the train is really downloading people’s memories into machine duplicates. Grace even says to Simon, “We just lost a human, show some respect.”

But, what got me interested is that Grace kept saying, “I read it in a book.” She says she got the Apex name from a book. It made me wonder if some company called Apex created the train. If Apex made the train, it would make sense that The Apex would name themselves after it, since The Apex believe the train belongs to them. I wonder if the book was some kind of manual or journal left behind by the developers.

If my idea is correct then why would they build the train. I think it has something to do with the Wasteland. I went back to The Matrix connection. Maybe there was some kind of disaster and now the train takes people from the past. The train sets up these journeys so that people will become better and hopefully change the future. Maybe Apex created the train, set up the robots to run it, and then the humans died off. Now, there’s a train trying to get people to change their ways.

When MT steals a pod, One-One says that the tape car is the only car were the universe is on the outside of the car. It could mean that the tape car is the reality while the rest of the train is just an illusion. It kind of made me think that the train is just a place for AIs to learn to become human. We see MT, a native of the train, want to become human.

I think I just got another chill.

What did you think of Infinity Train, if you saw it? Do you have any theories? Let me know in the comments below.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.

Rambling I Am Hmm

I planned to do a joke illustration/comic of Baby Yoda opening a Christmas present that contained a lightsaber package that said, “For ages 300 and up.” But then I began to wonder, “What would be the age equivalent for Yoda’s species?” I figured it would make sense to do 300 for three for simplicity’s sake. I was content with this idea until I watched The Empire Strikes Back.

On opening week, I watched Rise of Skywalker. Afterwards, I thought it would be fun to watch all the movies in episode order. So far I’ve made it from Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi. During The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda mentions to Luke that he’d been teaching people to become Jedi for 800 years. In Return of the Jedi, Yoda says that he is about 900 years old. I then was reminded of a Film Theory video by The Flim Theorists about Baby Yoda being the last of the species because their maturing cycle is too long for effective reproduction. I started wondering what would Yoda’s aging cycle be like?

So, we know that he’s been teaching Jedi for 800 of his 900 years. This means that he must have been an adult (or close to adulthood) at 100 because it is doubtful he had a Padawan while still a youngling. As far as I know, they take on a Padawan soon after becoming a Jedi Knight. They’ve got to be mature enough to be one at this point. We also know that in The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda (regardless of clone or not) is 50 years old. So we have 50 years unaccounted for. I’m also going to assume Yoda was rounding when he said 800 because he also spent about 20 years in exile after the Republic fell (supposedly Luke and Leia were in their 20s). So Baby Yoda has (give or take) about 50 years to go from Baby Yoda to Adult Yoda.

Depending on when The Mandalorian takes place, we could see an adult or near adult “Yoda” in the next Star Wars movies. To me it sounds like Mandalorian takes place soon after Return of the Jedi. The First Order is barely a rumor and word about the Jedi returning hasn’t reached Mando–he has no clue what a Jedi is. According to the Internet (and we know how reliable that is), the Rey trilogy takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, so that is 30 years that Baby Yoda is growing. We could very well see Padawan Yoda.

Anyway, all this math brought me back to the Film Theory video. In it, MatPat talks about how defenseless babies are. Baby Yoda doesn’t seem completely defenseless; we’ve seen him use Force powers and bite. I then started thinking about animals. Many animals are born with defenses that they grow out of: spots to blend in or a smell that makes them “invisible” to predators. I thought how weird is it that people babies don’t have this. We don’t have camouflage that we grow out of as we age. Part of this is because we are predators and don’t need protection as much. But, it got me thinking that maybe the reason Yoda’s species is so good with the Force is because they have such a long aging cycle. Nature needed to balance out their long childhood with something so that they could reach adulthood and reproduce. Enter the Force.

This long childhood also allows them to practice more, thus becoming even better.

It then got me wondering if being a Force user is some kind of self-defense for babies. The Jedi are constantly going on about someone being too old and having to unlearn what they’ve learned. Maybe that’s the reason they start training so young: to get them using their talents before they age out of it. We see Baby Yoda using the Force to protect himself or the others in the group.

I then began asking myself do we have something as babies that we “grow out of”? I came up with *cue the SpongeBob meme* imagination. As little kids we see magic in the world but eventually grow out of it. However, some, such as artists and inventors, don’t quite lose all of it. And how many times have we seen it where kids seem to know things they shouldn’t. Maybe if we encourage kids to keep dreaming, we could evolve into Force users. Maybe that’s why no one seems to know Yoda’s species because they are evolved humans. Spooky.

Do you think we could see soon see an older Baby Yoda? Do you think he could be the star of the next trilogy or just a side character? Let’s talk in the comments below.

Until next wormhole… thanks for reading!


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What Did Finn Want to Say | Theory

May contain spoilers of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

During the Rise of Skywalker movie, Finn says that he needs to tell Rey something before they are about to die. They end up not dying and Rey asks what he wanted to say. He says that it isn’t important or he’ll tell her later. For the rest of the movie, Poe keeps asking Finn what he was going to say. Turns out, the audience doesn’t find out either–unless there was an end credit scene I missed.

At first, I thought it was just kind of a throw away joke; but when Poe kept asking, I started to think there was something more. The writers kept reminding the audience that Finn wanted to tell Rey something. It is likely that it was something important if they are giving up dialogue time for it. One extra time can be seen as a joke, but over and over becomes a sign.

My first reaction was that he wants to tell her he loves her. It seems natural; they met when the adventure began. Finn’s arrival is what began the whole trilogy. Normally, the male and female lead would end up together. But, Finn is in love with Rose.

The next possibility is that Finn is Rey’s brother/cousin. Finn was taken and raised to be a Stormtrooper. He could be related in some way. But seeing as we finally see Rey’s parents it is unlikely he is a blood sibling–but that doesn’t rule out adoption or a cousin. Personally, I hope they don’t do this. The surprise family relation thing has been done to death with Star Wars.

Another possibility, and the one I think is most likely, is that Finn wanted to tell her he is a Force user. In the first movie, it seems that Finn is the Jedi we are looking for. The music and cinematography for the battle between Finn and the First Order trooper when Finn activates the lightsaber seemed to suggest Finn is “the one.” Then throughout Rise of Skywalker, Finn pauses and does that staring-off-into-space thing that Force users do before they say something. Finn would look off into the distance and say that Rey was in danger. Sounds like something a Force user would say, doesn’t it. The ending with Rey’s lightsaber–specifically the symbolism of the color–would suggest that she is going to find other Force users and train/protect them; she could possibly be starting with Finn.

During the film, the Force Ghosts of the others Jedis say that Rey carries their history in her. The movie could be suggesting by this statement and her saber color that she will be a guardian, not a battlefield Jedi. Also, who her family is suggests that she will be a leader and not the “on the ground” hero in the next set of movies/series.

It seemed to me that they were hinting at Finn being the focus in the next saga.

What do you think? Could Finn be a Force user? Or is his secret something else? Let me know in the comments below.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.


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The Theory of Dreadbear | FNAF VR DLC (Spoilers)

Contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Tis the season to theorize.

Too early for a cringey Christmas joke?

Over Halloween Scott Cawthon, creator of the Five Nights at Freddy’s games, decided to further torment the horror game community by releasing a DLC for the Help Wanted VR game called “The Curse of Dreadbear.” *Video gameplay of the DLC can be found on the GTLive YouTube channel.*

The DLC starts out by saying how it is just a fun add-on and has no hidden intent. Yeah, sure. Pfft, right.

The main screen for the DLC looks like a Halloween themed rural festival: barn, corn maze, lots of pumpkins. You then spot that this festival takes place in 1983, the year of the bite (or was it ’87–frankly the lore of FNAF is murky at best and downright confusing other times). Later on, the host of the video, MatPat, points out that the house on the hill is similar to the one in FNAF 4. If I remember correctly, and I think MatPat even mentions, FNAF 4 also has connections to the bite of ’83.

Eventually, the player gets to a mini-game where they have to find keys in a maze in order to unlock the cellar. Once the cellar opens, you are taken to a cellar version of the prize room. The prize room is an area where you can collect your prize for winning each mini-game. The cellar prize room is, well, creepy…ax, spooky candles, and all.

This time instead of some candy or a stuffed animal, you win a creepy bunny mask similar to good ol’ Springtrap. Springtrap is the suit series villain and child murderer William Afton wears. In the VR game it is hinted that Gltichtrap is based on Springtrap and contains a fragment of Afton. The spooks continue when you wear the mask and hold the Glitchtrap plushie while at the Help Wanted main room (not the DLC area).

While others talk about the theory that the player is possessed by Glitchtrap or discuss how Gltichtrap is corrupting the minds of all the players in order to raise a cult (which you can find via a video by SuperHorrorBro), I’m going to be talking about the DLC title. Though I totally hope the FNAF movie features this idea of a Glitchtrap cult; it’d be so creepy to see a whole bunch of people surrounding the hero while wearing that mask. *Shivers*

I found it interesting that the DLC mentions a curse. A curse seems like typical Halloween fun, just like the DLC, but a curse can be passed down. The game has been hinting that Afton, via Glitchtrap, is passing down his murderous ways to a new generation of killers. Also, the DLC places you in 1983, the time of the bite. The bite is what set off everything in the series. Sure, Afton was murdering kids before this but it was after the bite that he started looking into the soul juice that makes the animatronics move on their own. The bite also causes the closure of at least one Freddy’s restaurant. Afton begins experimenting with the soul remnants and the spooky stuff begins. The curse is born.

Also, when does a curse usually activate? When someone goes messing around with forbidden items, such as collecting glitch tapes in the main FNAF game. The curse of Afton is passed on to the player when they gather all the tapes.

I also find the names of the new characters to be interesting. For example, Glitchtrap. It seems like a nice mash-up of Springtrap and “glitch.” That is what it is in the game: a glitch of Springtrap. But, it is also a glitch that traps you. Once you get all the tapes, you are trapped in the game. You become a trapped follower of Glitchtrap.

So, I wondered about Dreadbear. Dread is a great fear of something or a feeling of anxiety to something. It was a Freddy animatronic that did the ’83 bite and started the curse. Freddy is the “leader.” He is something to dread. But, I also started thinking about the bullies who tossed the kid to Freddy in the first place. How would you feel if you were a young kid and the person you picked on was killed because of something you did? Possibly haunted by the event? You’d be full of dread. Maybe there’ll be a game similar to FNAF 4 where it is one of the bullies facing their guilt in the form of Dreadbear.

Finally, I find the use of masks throughout the Halloween game interesting. There is also a mention of a mask in the main game. Masks are symbolic of hiding your true self. The Glitchtrap corrupted wear masks. On the outside, they look human but inside they are murderers. They might not be wearing actual masks, but the spirit/remnant is wearing the person like a mask. Also in one of the tapes, it is hinted that Jeremy sliced off his face and it looked like a mask. I wonder if Jeremy tried to cut off his face in an attempt to rid himself of the Glitchtrap corruption; he wanted to “remove the mask.” Lastly, the bullies wore masks. All the mask references in the DLC could further point towards one (or more) of the bullies coming across Dreadbear in a later game.

Do you have any Five Nights at Freddy’s theories? Let me know in the comments below.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.


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Hail FOWL?

Brief spoiler warning for the “Moonvasion” episode of Disney’s DuckTales.

At the end of the “Moonvasion” DuckTales episode, we see F.O.W.L (the Fiendish Organization for World Larceny) watching the McDuck clan as they celebrate their victory over the (planet) Moon. The High Command is afraid that Scrooge and friends’ adventures endanger the world, but they aren’t worried about the world’s safety; they want the world protected so they can terrorize it. FOWL decides to give the McDucks their final adventure. It is also revealed that the members of High Command are the vultures who are Scrooge’s financial advisers.

I found the fact that FOWL is ran by these vultures intriguing. Here are the leaders of a terrorist organization working within Scrooge’s business under his nose–kind of like how Hydra operated within SHIELD in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Both Hydra and FOWL are secret global organizations; and now, both have been hiding under the noses of their respective heroes feeding off the success of the good guys.

I further saw a strange connection to FOWL and Hydra when I watched a YouTube video by DuckTales Squad 2017. The video shows season three teaser character images Disney showed at Comic-Con. The list included pretty much every Disney Afternoon character, such as Chip and Dale.

So, it looks like Clan McDuck might be running into other heroes while dealing with the secret global organization FOWL. They could possibly gather the characters for a battle with FOWL like in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I find it funny that it might be Scrooge, a wealthy “person,” meeting these other heroes (ahem, Tony). And isn’t it interesting that the “Moonvasion” episode brought together all the previously known characters, such as Darkwing, to fend off an alien invasion. Sounds slightly familiar. And who did the Avengers face off against after the Chitauri? Hydra.

That being said, I hope it is true because I would love to see a return of the Justice Ducks. Scrooge (or more likely the kids) gather the other Disney Afternoon characters and create the Justice Ducks so they can battle FOWL. I think it’d be awesome to see Scrooge stand there and go, “Justice Ducks…” uh, what would be their catchphrase? “Flock together?” “Fly?”

Also if there was more of a connection between FOWL and Hydra, we could have a ton of Hail FOWL memes. It’d be great. Though instead of “hail” what would it be?

Let me know in the comments section what you think should be the Justice Ducks’ battle cry and what FOWL members would say to greet each other.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.


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