As a part of the Why I’m Here Promise, here’s a whole brew of crackpot for you guys today!
So, we learned the shocking truth behind Private Jimmy’s origin, end, and relation to the Break In and Church in general this season. In 90 seconds so much was revealed that I’m still realizing things. The following is a list of all of the things, some of which are quite obvious and some of which are a lot bigger than they seem to be. There’s also some questions I’ll try to answer at the end.
-This is How it is Possible to be Killed With Your Own “Skull”
So, I’m no stranger to the camp of theorists on the site who work with the varying degrees of AI imprintation with the host (I live there you could say). While I’ll address a few more details on this concept later, this is one of the most visceral version of the process, and it actually makes the old joke physically possible because “physically” it never happened at all. We heard the drill and Jimmy shouting “my skull.” Jimmy’s skull was actually damaged during the forceful implantation of Church AI unit. Very obviously they did not mean to kill Jimmy during this process in the sense of his body failing so I reckon there was an aweful lot of science behind how breaking his skull wouldn’t end the host body’s life. However, between the broken and aggressive state of the Alpha during the process and the obvious brain damage done to Jimmy, he is more or less dead by the time Church wakes up. Some residual memories and possibly some quirks remain but as Flowers himself says, Church more or less took over. Jimmy essentially was killed inside of his own skull.
-This is Why “Church’s Body” Decayed and “Smelled Bad”
So, this is pretty obvious and it’s a question we’d had pretty much since season 6 revealed Church was an AI. I always thought it was just something added to Church’s android for the sake of the simulation, but this is much darker and cooler.
-The Skull Throughout All of the BGC Was Supposed to be Jimmy’s
At this point I’ve watched the commentaries on my RvBX set (and 11-14) to the point where they’re more a stream of fun facts in my head then they are tied to any particular season if they aren’t one single instant. So please forgive me for not remembering when in the BGC commentaries they started referring to the skull as Jimmy’s. But they did. It was funny at the time. How did it get there? It’s absurdist humor, it doesn’t have to make sense But now it still is kinda funny and it makes sense. Jimmy’s body was in the canyon, it only makes sense that his skull was there too. Except… Who took it out? Originally this was going to be in the questions section but there’s no concrete answer and no way I particularly lean. Gut reaction, I’m calling Flowers. I am of the mind that he was in recovery mode when he needed to be during the simulation, and at all other times (because he’s so nefarious) he was doing the things the Director needed him to do and sometimes screwing up. Jimmy’s skull is probably worth something to PF, he just excavated it and left it behind because someone almost found him out. It’s very possible. But there’s just as much reasoning to Tex (who knew everything from the beginning) taking Jimmy’s skull for similar reasons. Or any of the other Recovery forces. It could also have been Gamma and Wyoming. Or Sarge desecrating the grave of a blue. Even Doc/O’mally (who you all know I think was working for Hargrove) could have gone after Jimmy’s skull in search of the Alpha’s hardware. The point is, there’s a whole lot of options and this is loose ended, but you should go back and watch the whole series (or BGC) with this in mind.
-This is Why Church Remembers Jimmy’s Death in a Vague Version of the Break In (And Why It’s At Sidewinder)
We saw this play out, the last thing the Alpha remembers before waking up merged with the last thing Jimmy’s broken brain remembers as everything was sorted into something the Alpha would accept as reality (even if it didn’t seem physically possible). But to just line up the facts, Church remembered Tex fighting in the snow and Jimmy remembered dying at the hands of a freelancer in the snow. The relationship of Sidewinder and the downed MoI is still nebulous but we can at least assume they merged some in Church’s mind.
-This is Why Church Seems Younger than the Director
Okay, this one is a little more detail work than what’s come before. Think about it, the Director is a man with a grown daughter at the time he created the Alpha. It makes sense that he’s obsessed with his deceased wife and often people don’t think of them self as quite as old as they are, but to still be in the mindset of the young man he was when his wife died (roughly two decades prior) is odd. The revenant of his wife being that old, perfectly logical. Now though, it works because odds are Jimmy actually was that old, if not younger. He was still a private, but in a secret military project so he’d probably gone through all of the training he could. He’d be an accomplished young man in his field, like the director was, so the blanks were filled in and Church was set around Tex’s age in his mind.
-This is How Church has “Living” Memories Outside of the Director’s Residual Ones
Like some of the previous points, its clear some of Church’s mental state was from Jimmy’s memories slightly contaminating the pure mind of the Alpha. This is further information to be stored with my imprintation theories. It’s a very interesting take on how it happens to an AI. The Alpha took almost complete control but little bits of Jimmy came in and were not only assimilated as quirks (ala O’mally or Delta) but actually effected the memories of the Alpha (kind of like how Epsilon’s initial reaction to Washington is to remember pain and throw up defenses).
-Who Was Private Jimmy?
One of the ultimate ironies of a series where memory is such a key element is Flowers’s line about how people will remember Private Jimmy’s integral contribution to Project Freelancer. From what we can tell, he was a private within the Project with knowledge of its true nature (or at least the real title) so he clearly wasn’t a Sim trooper. My guess is he was a security agent or construction crew* who was a part of how things were set up for the later half of PF and was recently promoted out of his white ODST’s and into a cool blue suit. He may have been a fairly competent soldier too. In the end though, we’ll never really know.
-What is the Line Between Church and Jimmy?
From what we’ve seen and deduced so far the personality difference between Church and Jimmy in what we see of him is probably 97:3 Church vs Jimmy. Just enough Jimmy came through to make Church unique. Remember, Jimmy was essentially killed by the insertion process.
-What is the Line Between Tex and Jimmy’s Girlfriend?
This is more murky. A whole lot of people have jumped on the bandwagon that the more… Promiscuous Bitchpants McCrabby instances of Church’s memory are of Jimmy’s girl back home. I’m less inclined to think that because of how much Church obsesses over Tex and how little I think Jimmy’s influence is on Church. However, there could be some credence to it, and also consider how hyperbolic Church can be at times.
-Does AI Imprintation Have Physical Effects on the Host?
I think so. This situation does make those claims have more weight though because of one long running joke that I’m going to throw into my crackpot and see what brews. Jimmy is a trained soldier who’s an actual part of the experimental program and probably is skilled. We know simulation troopers have had physical “failings” that wouldn’t meet military standards. But a real soldier should meet those standards. One standard is eyesight. You can have glasses and be a soldier, but Director Leonard Church has said for official record that he “did not have the opportunity” to fight for humanity. It’s not just his brain that made him the city scientist who wished he could be a cowboy. I think the director’s eyesight was so impaired that he simply did not make the cut as a field operative sometime in basic. This would mean he’d be a horrible marksman. The Director would be. Would Jimmy? Well, it seems like Church is when he’s in Jimmy’s body. How and why? Well, stick with me. When the identity of Church was being finalized in that quick moment when Church remembered Tex and Jimmy, I think one of the loops his mind made was the following: I am Church. I am human. My origins as a human mind has bad eyesight. I have bad eyesight. From that, the new Church mind did an extreme psychosomatic overhaul and made his eyesight worse. This was now a part of Church’s mindset now so the Alpha now belived this as a “ghost” as well. It is what he knew to be true. It’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s something that occurred to me one afternoon while playing around with my imprintation ideas.
-How Did “Pvt. Jimmy Was Here” Get Written Inside the Wall Dividing Vallhallacagigit and Its Command/Observation Structure?
This is another easter egg/joke that brings us to a crossroads. The easy answer was he was there. He was present while Val Halla and/or Freelancer City were being built and placed his mark while the wall was still being built. It’s easy enough to accept, though it does mean that that wall was built before the prequels from this latest season. If not, it is just another joke to write off as just that. Who knows? (Miles? Burnie?)
-Is Jimmy Still Alive?
No. This is easier than claiming that Maine/Meta/The Meta (all separate characters) are dead before we got the conformation in the third act of season 13. We have no idea about Flowers being in/out of recovery mode for quite a while, but he has some things working for him that are working against Jimmy. Jimmy’s body suffered severe physical damage from the tank shot and the stone wall no more than a yard behind him. Then, even if his suit functions still worked to put him into recovery mode, I highly doubt those life-support systems would function for the length of time Jimmy’s body was confirmed to still be up on the cliffs in the un-setting Blood Gulch sun. We also have the evidence of the body beginning to smell to consider. I also don’t think it’s physically possible to survive the removal of the skull and we’ve covered that the skull was supposed to be Pvt. Jimmy’s.
And there they are folks. Three pages of implications from 90 seconds of the show. What do you think? Is there anything else that Church being in Jimmy’s body for that time period that you realized changes how you look at the series thus far? Tell me in the comments.
Now, this post was originally meant as just its own post and a forum post, but it got to update length so I’m going to go ahead and roll with some segments.
This isn’t anything super major in terms of the Travel Log series. I’m still waiting for images to be re-implemented for Edge or something I discover after the point of this segment.
I’m getting a PS4! This means I’m going to be pushing Bleepbloopopolous onto the cloud soon to be pulled onto my new system. Then we’ll get a bigger map. And I’ll try to squeeze in some further building. I’ll give you all a preview though. Cake walk is bullshit and will be reflected in the playstation one-man-crew version of the location.
008 Question Day Plug
There has been a change in the usual plan. Question Days are now monthly instead of weekly and I’m taking question submissions from the 1st to 25th of each month and I will post the answers and ask you your return questions sometime between the 26th and the first of the next month. If you want a more detailed version, check it out here. We've only got one so far.
I Have Less Words about RWBY
I am loving this season so far. Neat twists and character introductions but the progression is just fun. In case you’re worried, no I haven’t given up on theorizing on the show. I just don’t feel like I have anything new to really work with now. Ruby is a natural leader but naïve. Weiss is dealing with her new and old morals. Blake is being Blakey. Yang is going through a process after such a major event in her life. Jaune has some interesting spiritual thing about him. Nora and Ren have a past. Cinder’s suffering. Ozpin isn’t quite dead yet. The White Fang is tricky. The Vilians are up to something. This is not to say that there is anything wrong with what’s going on, but it’s like theorizing in season 11. Wash was up to something on the ship and boy were those grey dudes/ladies mysterious. Can’t wait to find out.
Thanks for stopping by and induldging my crackpottery. It was nice.