Imagine, for a second, an innocent television show.
Perhaps it’s a children’s cartoon. Maybe it’s a lazily-written sitcom. It’s filled with good, clean fun. And that’s what you had hoped to get out of watching it, but after seeing a few episodes things appear to be a bit… off. It’s incredibly subtle, but the character’s personalities and action seem to be muddled by a shared state of being. You can’t quite make it out. Anxiety?
It’s barely visible, but everyone seems to be shaking. It’s not a video artifact, all inanimate objects are perfectly still. In situations where characters have to perform smooth of precise movements, they seem to exert themselves just a little bit more. And their eyes! Their eyes, for only single individual frames of video, dart around. They’re looking at something. Hastily, nervously peeking. You notice. They’re looking at you.
The show never addresses this. It’s a constant throughout the show. The ending is abrupt. I want to make this.