Maniac (S01E08) “The Lake of the Clouds”

This episode of Maniac resumes the fantasy that Pill “C” has presented them with. The entire world has gone mad, and both Annie (Emma Stone) and Owen (Jonah Hill) are struggling to find some semblance of control. Waking up isn’t an option until their issues have been resolved.

Owen seems to be accepting the way Pill “C” is moving him. Instead of struggling against the process he has become more open to it. There seems to be a sense of peace to his personal battle, it’s as though he is growing from past transgressions and seeing the world through different eyes. Between the guts and gore, there is something to be learned.

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Owen embraces his “Maniac” fantasy. (Photo: Netflix)

On the other side of the spectrum, Annie will not surrender to her extravagant fantasy world, no matter how real it all seems to be. She cannot let go, and she cannot move forward. It seems to be a continuing trend in her life, she is stuck in place and unable to see things from a different angle. Perhaps if she gives in, she will get more than anticipated out of this experience.

Reality is skewed, but it all corresponds with what is currently happening in their own lives. The program has a way of bringing out the best, and worst in others. It’s the extreme way of reaching some sort of higher state of mind, or at least that’s what they keep promising. The divide between real and imaginary is becoming increasingly harder to contain, soon it will all blend together as one.

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Dangers seem so far away on the outside looking in. (Photo: Netflix)
There’s no going back now

On the outside its as though nothing bizarre is going on, it’s just another normal day in the lab. In these moments it makes you acutely aware of just how wrong everything is. Playing with people’s minds can be a dangerous thing. Greta (Sally Field) is trying to break though to Gertie but the emotions are overwhelming the super computer, she is more powerful than they first thought.

Just when it seemed as though the glitch had been solved, Annie and Owen nearly find their way back to each other. It’s a connection that transcends time and space, it must mean something, right? Or is that just a passing thought, hoping that they don’t have to go through it alone. Annie has to open her eyes, and say goodbye. If only Gertie will let her go.

Let the anarchy begin. It’s Gertie’s game now.


Next Episode: “Utangatta”