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10 Questions We Still Have About The Matrix Trilogy

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Way back in 1999, the Wachowski siblings blew our minds with The Matrix. But over a decade after the last one, The Matrix Revolutions, came out we still have unanswered questions. Let’s dive into the cyberverse and puzzle them out.

10. How did Agent Smith leave the Matrix?

The trilogy’s primary antagonist is just a relentless piece of code, right? So how does he appear in the “real world” at the end of The Matrix: Reloaded?

9. Why don’t machines find a better power source?

Keeping human beings alive in pods to siphon their bioelectricity seems super wasteful, so you’d think that the AI of the Matrix would explore geothermal energy or something.

8. What happened to the Rogue Programs?

The second and third films introduced other rogue AIs like the Merovingian – what happened to them after the Matrix rebooted?

7. How did Neo get to the Train Station?

After disarming the Sentinels in the real world, Neo gets jacked into the Matrix without going through a phone and wakes up in the Train Station. How’d he do that?

6. How did Agent Smith get into Bane’s body?

We know that programs have avatars inside the Matrix, but when Smith killed hacker Bane and possessed him in the real world, it was a little confusing.

5. If humans had EMP devices, why didn’t they use them to take the Matrix offline?

The underground city of Zion was protected against Sentinels by EMP bombs, implying that humans had that technology. Why wouldn’t they use it offensively?

4. What happens to the Twins?

Sure, their car explodes at the end of the fight in The Matrix: Reloaded, but the dreadlocked albinos survived, only to be never seen again.

3. Why did the Oracle tell Neo that he was not “The One?”

Uh, Neo was The One. That was kind of the whole point of everything. So why would she lie to him?

2. Why is Seraph’s code gold, not green?

The Oracle’s bodyguard Seraph is the only human character in the series who appears with a golden aura of “code,” and not a green one. What’s so special about him?

1. Where were the werewolves?

In the movies, the Oracle mentions stories of “vampires, werewolves and aliens” as glitches in the Matrix. How come we never saw any of them?

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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