It may not always reach its goals, but even detractors of Sword Art Online can agree that the franchise eagerly explores lofty concepts that other popular series refuse to touch. The most recent season, Sword Art Online: Alicization, traverses philosophy and religion in the course of its run, and forces viewers to consider fundamental questions about free will and ultimate desire. This week, Team FtK joins the fray as David, Holly, and Peter take a dive into SAO and theology.
1:07 Last week’s Cast Question
3:16 New Cast Question
7:15 Sword Art Online: Alicization Discussion—Intro
10:07 Discussion—STL machine
13:58 Discussion—SAO and free will
23:30 Discussion—Eugeo’s temptation and the Garden of Eden
30:09 Discussion—Quinella’s desire in life and proof of existence
And we want your feedback as well! Each week we’ll ask a question on the podcast and feature your answers the next time that team rolls around. This week’s CQ (Cast Question) is based on the choice Morpheus presents to Neo in The Matrix: Which would you take, given the option—the red pill, which opens your eyes to a harsh reality, or the blue pill, in which you would live out ignorant serenity?