Okay okay okay… I’m sure I’ve got this wrong so, by all means, correct me where my interpretation is off.
Rei was created by the explosion that resulted from the first Eva’s activation, but she isn’t a de-aged version of Shinji’s mother. Instead, the expelled energy somehow split her soul (or her essence or whatever) up, so it has some kind of link with the Evas. Nerv has then been bio-engineering Rei’s because they’re necessary for a human pilot to control the Eva. So there are individual Rei’s floating somewhere inside Shinji and Asuka’s Evas, in their “dummy plug.” However, if Nerv ever needs to take control of an Eva, they wake the Rei’s up and then control them by proxy?
Wow… people told me things would get a little convoluted as this went along, but I was all arrogant about it. “I get it. The Eva’s are bio-mechanoid mechas,” I said, with such hubris. I think I spoke too soon. The explanation that Rei has been a soulless clone all along explains a lot of things - - like how she survived getting strangled as a little girl, how she literally is a “puppet” like Asuka said and why she has a listless lack of fear for death.
I’m sure I’m missing a lot, here, and misinterpreted what I did catch. So please, correct me.
By the way, I can’t believe I forgot to bring this up, but there was a definite “What the f@#$ did I just hear moment?!” last episode. They played Handel’s “Messiah” - - with that familiar “Hallelujah!” chorus - - while Asuka was getting “mind-raped” by the angel? I know that Gainax is having fun playing around with symbolism, here, but I might’ve recommended they use a different classical song, because that’s got a lot stronger associations than ol' Blue Eyes’ “Fly Me to the Moon.” I get what they were going for, but I felt like I was in the middle of Midnight Mass at Christmastime when I heard that. It’d be the same as playing “Flight of the Valkyries” or even “Flight of the Bumblebee” - - both pieces with strong, very set, associations of their own.
A number of you have expressed strong opinions that I should be watching the Director’s Cut versions of these episodes. I only have access to the Perfect collection - - which doesn’t seem to be so perfect since it’s only got the original broadcast versions and I’m told are vastly inferior to the Director’s Cut versions. The problem is, I don’t have access to the "DC" versions. I was just planning to watch these until devilleonx kindly brought up that there are places I can watch them online. I'm still working out how to see them, so how about this… I’m going to watch these broadcast versions, for now, and if any of you resourceful Eva fans can find a way I can easily watch the “DC” versions online, I’ll go ahead and do one joint review of them after episode 26. Think of it as a compare and contrast session. Sound good? The ball’s in your court now…
Oh, and fret not, I will be watching End of Evangelion.