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Old September 14 2014, 05:26 AM   #1
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Methinks that Being Erica is an Unlicensed Spinoff of The Matrix.

Being Erica.

Psychotherapy via Time Travel, but the mechanics behind the timetravel-tools were never explained to my liking last time through. I've almost finished 4 seasons in four days with a slightly more intuitive mind between my ears which drew me to this conclusion.

The Matrix was mentioned twice during the course of the series.

Erica: So, Jude, she really wants to see this sci-fi flick. It's something about aliens bursting out of people. I mean, I guess it makes sense, given that she's, you know …
Ethan
: Yeah, yeah, Erica …
Erica: The only sci-fi flick that's ever really done it for me is The Matrix, but, you know, it completely transcends the genre of … what's normally …
And...
Dr. Tom: You know, "there is a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path."
Erica: Isn't that from "The Matrix"?
Dr. Tom: Morpheus. Lawrence Fishburne. Man, that's a stellar performance.
So how can a movie be inside a movie about a movie?

Blame Spaceballs.

Call it misdirection.

But if everyone in Being Erica is really inside a battery pod with their psyche synced into the Matrix, now suddenly all the time travel, space bending, and parallel realities makes complete sense, since there is no time travel at all, just editing with memories stored on vast server farms and then creating a new present(s) in the Matrix to reflect those memories.

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Old September 14 2014, 05:28 AM   #2
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Re: Methinks that Being Erica is an Unlicensed Spinoff of The Matrix.

I still haven't seen this show! I want to though.
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Old September 14 2014, 08:01 AM   #3
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Re: Methinks that Being Erica is an Unlicensed Spinoff of The Matrix.

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I still haven't seen this show! I want to though.
You should. Its really, really good. In fact, I rate it as my number one show of all time. DS9's a close second.
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Old September 14 2014, 02:31 PM   #4
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Re: Methinks that Being Erica is an Unlicensed Spinoff of The Matrix.

Interesting interpretation there...
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Old September 14 2014, 04:06 PM   #5
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Seen S1 of this show and some of S2. And it was enjoyable
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Old September 14 2014, 06:57 PM   #6
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Yeah, it really is one of the more original concepts out there. An excellent show.
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Old September 14 2014, 07:09 PM   #7
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I really should look out for a re-run. Though there was a rumored British version of it a year or so back.
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Old September 14 2014, 08:27 PM   #8
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Re: Methinks that Being Erica is an Unlicensed Spinoff of The Matrix.

Wikipedia says

Television producers in both the United States and the United Kingdom announced plans in 2010 to produce new adaptations of Being Erica in their respective countries.
The British version, to be produced by Big Talk Productions and titled You Again, was to be set in Glasgow and would focus on an NHS worker named Zoe. The lead writer was announced as Nicole Taylor (Ashes to Ashes and Secret Diary of a Call Girl), while Being Erica creator Jana Sinyor and producer Aaron Martin would serve as consultants.[19]
On December 16, 2010, ABC also announced plans to produce an American remake of Being Erica.[20] Maggie Friedman would be the writer for the show's pilot.[21]
In 2014, VH1 announced gave a 10-episode series pickup to Hindsight, a remake of Being Erica written by Emily Fox.[22] The series is expected to premiere in early 2015.

The English stuff never seemed to have eventuated?


However...


The Yank Show seems to be all engines go, although IMDB is listing it as a Drama and not a Fantasy.


Starring Laura Ramsey who seems pretty, but I have never seen her work that I remember her.



Thank you for the food for thought MacLeod.
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Old September 14 2014, 09:00 PM   #9
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Hindsight doesn't seem like a version of Being Erica. Looks like it's simply a story about a woman who gets to relive her life from 1995 onward.

It centers on Becca who, as she nears 40, is about to embark on her second wedding to Andy Kelly, but her joy is tempered by the absence of her old best friend Lolly who’s a no-show, having dropped out of their relationship years ago. As Becca mulls over her past with Lolly and the mishap of her marriage to her first husband, Sean, she wakes up on her wedding day in 1995 – she’s about to marry Sean, a bad-boy artist who is all wrong for her – and she knows her first move must be to reconnect with Lolly to re-live that day. Can she "make it right" by living her life all over while re-adapting to life in New York City in the '90s – a time of smoking in bars, carrying pagers, having an AOL email address? "Hindsight is a great mix of sweetness, drama, '90s nostalgia and humor," Levison, said. "This series will resonate with our viewers because it offers the ultimate wish fulfillment: the chance to do things differently the second time around."
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Laura Ramsey was in my favorite episode of Mad Men.

As for Being Erica, it's one of my favorite shows of all time too. I eagerly await a TV movie. But if they make one, will Tatiana Maslany be onboard?

As for the time travel stuff...

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Old September 14 2014, 09:57 PM   #10
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Re: Methinks that Being Erica is an Unlicensed Spinoff of The Matrix.

I came to two conclusions.

1. Whoever wrote the description on IMDB didn't notice the time travel elements from the promotional material that they were given.

2. A producer at some point in preproduction decided that Time travel was unnecessary and stripped all fantasy from the project.

You've drawn a third conclusion that who ever wrote the Being Erica spinoff blurb was wrong or misled, but I tracked Hindsight through the writer and the lead character mentioned on the Being Erica page, so it's not the Wrong Hindsight.

(google, google google.)

From your link from deadline comes straight up.

I also found this headline VH1 Orders ‘Being Erica'-Like Drama Pilot From ‘Jane By Design’ Writer/Producer.

Which again, someone not so smart might think that the new show is a direct spinoff and not just merely similar (It sounds more like Peggy Sue Got Married, or the last 6 episodes of Felicity.) and lead to an incorrect entry in wikipedia.

DAMN YOU WIKIPEDIA!

Also.

There are two characters called Sabrina who are about the same age.

I think that they may have already made two pilots and recast the part for the second time around.
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Old September 15 2014, 12:19 AM   #11
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Guy, I would really like to know what recreational pharmacceuticals you use.
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Old September 15 2014, 12:26 AM   #12
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Why do people keep saying that?
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Old September 15 2014, 04:11 AM   #13
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Re: Methinks that Being Erica is an Unlicensed Spinoff of The Matrix.

One of my favourite things about the show were the philosophical explorations that it offered. I can't imagine it would be as interesting without the fantasy and the time-travel, which was a core element of the show.

And Dr Tom was a great character.
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