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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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The Matrix: Path of Neo The Matrix
Path of Neo
The Matrix: Path of Neo
(Segments of video game)
Shiny Entertainment
2005

 

Neo undertakes several missions to bring potential red pills back to the real world.

 

Notes from the Matrix chronology

 

These five missions of Neo in the Path of Neo video game take place in between the events of The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded.

 

Didja Know?

 

The Matrix: Path of Neo video game was released in 2005, two years after the release of The Matrix Revolutions. The game covers Neo's path through the movie trilogy, allowing the player to play as Neo. In between the events of The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded, the game presents Neo with five missions to rescue potential red pills from machine Agents. These five missions are what is covered in this study.

 

Actor Laurence Fishburne returns to voice Morpheus in this game, but the other characters from the movies are voiced by new actors. 

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this story

 

Neo

security guard (former cop)

SWAT members

Agent White

Morpheus

Chuang Tzu

Agent Brown

Agent Jones

the Librarian

Link

Club Hel woman

Club Hel bouncer

the Merovingian (mentioned only, as "He")

Tiger Vamp

Vamp Prime

the Healer

 

Didja Notice?

 

Red Pill Mission: The Security Guard

 

Watch the video walkthrough of this mission at YouTube

 

Although during game play the name of the Agent who battles Neo during the security guard mission is not mentioned, it is Agent White according to promotional materials. Agent White also later appears in "Day In...Day Out".

 

Red Pill Mission: Skull's Lament

 

Watch the video walkthrough of this mission at YouTube

 

    Throughout this mission, the player is treated to a narrative voiced by Morpheus. It is a fable of Chuang Tzu, who finds an old human skull while on a journey. Chuang Tzu (369-286 BC) was a Chinese philosopher and author of the Zhuangzi, one of the foundational texts of Taoism.

    In the game, "Chuang Tzu" is also the name of a martial arts master in the Matrix who is free inside the Matrix like a Zionist even though he is still in a pod in the real world. He is even capable of defeating an Agent, which no other human besides Neo has ever done.

    Oddly, there is another Chuang Tzu in the Matrix who appears in "Butterfly".

 

Neo fights two Agents in the Skull's Lament mission. Again, they are not named here, but promotional material refers to them as Agents Brown and Jones.

 

Red Pill Mission: The Librarian

 

Watch the video walkthrough of this mission at YouTube

 

Agents Brown and Jones return to fight Neo and try to kill the Librarian.

 

Red Pill Mission: The Key

 

Watch the video walkthrough of this mission at YouTube

 

The operator introduced here (aboard the Nebuchadnezzar) is Link, who replaced Tank after he was killed in The Matrix. He goes on to appear in "Wrong Number", The Matrix Reloaded, and later stories.

 

The night club seen in this mission is Club Hel, which gets a more proper introduction in The Matrix Reloaded.

 

The bouncer tells the Agents, "Go get her. HE wants to talk to her." The HE referred to is presumably the Merovingian, the program who runs Club Hel, whom we will meet in The Matrix Reloaded.

 

The corridor of doors Neo leads the woman through at the end of this mission is called the backdoors. Backdoors allow programs to quickly access other parts of the Matrix; they are essentially hyperlinks. The doors are explained more fully in The Matrix Reloaded.

 

Red Pill Mission: The Healer

 

Watch the video walkthrough of this mission at YouTube

 

A number of fictitious shops are seen in Chinatown: Gifts Express, "a fine selection of gifts and linen"; Chinese Dragon Laundry; Crazy Wong's, "dishes, toys, guns, army surplus, audio, video, best selection of sunglasses and trench coats"; Noodle Magic.

 

The Healer runs a small shop called Red Pill Herbal Remedies in Chinatown. This is also, of course, a fictitious business.

 

A banner advertising the City Farmers Market is seen in Chinatown.

 

At the end of the mission a bundle of the latest edition of the Mega City Sentinel newspaper is seen, with the front page headline, "Miracle Cure Saves Girl". Other newspapers seen in Mega City are The City Defender in The Matrix and The Daily News in "A Life Less Empty".

 

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