Matrix, The Easter Egg - Chase Sequence

This egg appears in the chase sequence when Neo crashes through an old peoples apartment. Look out for the clip showing on their TV; it's from 'The Prisoner', Patrick McGoohan's classic cult TV series about secrecy, paranoia and unreality.

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Angry Weasel writes:
First of all, you are pretty much all wrong about the origin/meaning of Neo's name. Sure it's an anagram for "ONE," but that's not the point. His real name is Thomas Anderson. In the New Testament of the Bible, Thomas was the disciple who doubted that Jesus had been raised. Anderson means "Son of Man." He goes from being the "doubting disciple" (Thomas) to the "New Son of Man" (Neo Anderson)
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roy writes:
I think cypher is called like that because the word "cypher" means zero. Neo is an anagram for one. Doesn't the digitale world (the matrix) exists of one's and zero's ...
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Will M. writes:
I keep seeing it posted, so here's my two bits... Neo can mean new, but more importantly (especially with the religious theme), it means "Reborn" or "rebirth". Now I am an athiest, so I am not going to even bother to argue the Bible similarities - just wanted to let you know that rebith makes quite a bit of sense...after all, doesn't Morpheus keep insisting Neo is the second coming of the previous savior? Meaning he was reborn?
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loophole writes:
As well, the movie playing in the background while he is waiting at the oracle is called "Night of the Lepus"
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Um, listen "Matrix" don't be dumb, ok? When Neo runs into the old people's house "Men in Black the Animated Series" is on the TV. Think a bit.. don't the Agents look a lot like the MiB?
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Ok, Im gonna set all (many) of you people straight. Right, final confirmation, NEO is Greek, second of all on the neophyte thing. Neophyte is not an insult, it just means new hacker. Being more technical though, neophyte means new anything because: Neo=New Phyte=Plant, so its referring to a seed. Also my opinion on the Cypher thing. I think its in relation to computer code. Cryptology and cyphering: When using a mathematical equation to convert something into gibberish
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Cypher writes:
Talking about Neo's "hacker alias", here's a fact you may know if you have ever visited any hacker related site. There may be a section for neophytes (newbie hackers I believe). Could this be the reason that Neo was called what he is since he was the only "newbie2 to be unplugged during the film. And while we're at it, if you look up cypher (guy with the goatee remember) in a dictionary it may give you some clues about why his name was chosen. Well when I checked it said that "cypher" was another name for a traitor. Funnily enough, in The Matrix, Cypher betrays the rest of the rebels in order to let the agents capture Morpheous.
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Steve Crow writes:
Actually, although it takes a thorough knowledge of the show and a good freeze frame, but the person in question during the Prisoner clip appears to be George Baker, and the episode is the series' first, "Arrival.". The character he plays in this episode (as did many others throughout the show) is "Number Two." Which fits in with the numerological symbology (Neo = One, room #s 101 and 303) seen throughout the movie.
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Burser writes:
Is it my imagination or would "I am not a number" be apropriate?
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wê¡®dø writes:
well it's "Night of the Lepus" alright and not Jumanji, it's nowhere near it !!!
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Indras writes:
Sorry Mark, Novus (-a, -um) is Latin for new. I believe Neo is Greek, if I'm not mistaken.
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actually a newbie hacker is called either a "Hotdogger" or a "Weefle". also cypher could be a reference to the way programmers hide things from hackers in unlikely programms and behind in conspicuos(i know i spelled that wrong)files and behind unlikely file names because cypher hid his true intentions by acting like a friend to the group(it's kinda like a computer virus).
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IG writes:
Actually "Cypher" is right, a Neophyte is the name given to a person who says/belevies he can hack, but cant. Its usually and insult, though it may sometimes be used for a beginer. I know this for a fact. That is also the first thing that came to my mind regarding Neo's name, as he is 'new' to the idea of the matrix.
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Fellini8 writes:
The highway scene in the Matrix Reloaded has two tractor trailers smashing in to one another. One truck has the name "Longpath" with Morpheus and the key maker and the other has "Gidim" -- what does is stand for? Is it an anagram for anything?
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Mark writes:
Neo may be "one" swiched around, but it is latin for new.
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I just wanted to add an explanation for the "Night of the Lepus" movie in the background. "Lepus" means rabbit in Latin and also the movie has a bunch of WHITE RABBITS hopping around. Hidden meanings are quite interesting.
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Rabbitlord writes:
Night of the Lepus. Really. I don't think you find too many rabbits in jungles.
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A cypher is a circle and circles are objects of one continuing line that returns to the point that it started within an elliptical shape. Seeing as how cyphers are things that always return to their original position, I always thought that's why the name Cypher was chosen for the person that wanted to be returned to the Matrix.
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MrBadExample writes:
No, it's "Night of the Lepus"... Jumanji indeed... Bah!
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King Zee writes:
My brother used to play Warhammer 40k quite a lot and he says that there is a Space marine character called 'Cypher' and he betrayed his clan or something along those lines anyway.
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sipayi writes:
The white rabbit reference is to "Alice in Wonderland". Morpheus asks Neo, "Do you want to see how deep the rabbit hole goes?" referring Alice's journey into the wonderland.
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alexkozak writes:
I think that you are going a lityle overboard with the numerical order thing. people who make movies dont sit there and make things like that just for the freaks who watch the movie 100 times a day. go get some sleep for god sakes!
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NamelessOne writes:
Neo is Greek for "new",that's right. Its meaning "rebirth" could be applied to Neo, but I think this is also a reference to Anime, because many aspects of that are covered by the film, e.g. fight sequences. The "Alice in Wonderland" references are just too obvious I think.
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ironwood writes:
The movie in the background at the oracle is "Jumanji"
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