Blake Masters, co-creator and executive producer of Falling Water, fielded some questions about episode two, "Calling the Vasty Deep" -- including the origin of the title! (Read the full recap here.)
The title of the episode is also part of the voiceover that brings us in and out of the episode, "The Vasty Deep." Where does that quote come from and, also, is that Woody who's voicing it?
It is Woody who's voicing it. The quote is Shakespeare's Henry IV: Part 1. It's basically someone saying, "I am the powers of all the earth," and Hotspur's response is, "Yeah, anybody can call spirits, but will they come?" The point here is the calling of the spirit of Woman in Red from the vasty deep by Burton when he finally meets her again. It's like, 'Has he summoned her? Has Woody summoned her?' It's the mystery of who has summoned these visions of the Woman in Red from the vasty deep.
What's a Rusty Nail? Have you ever had one?
Yes, I have. It's interesting. I like it. A Rusty Nail is essentially Scotch and Drambuie, garnished with a lemon and poured over ice.
The formation of the people in Bill's sleep study in the circle is reminiscent of how Taka finds The Green when he goes to invesitgate Ann-Marie Bowen the first time. Should we be trying to watch this show with that level of detail?
It's not unimportant, but there's also a simpler element which is, if you noticed that when Tess dreamed with Andy, they were head to head. So there's a physical proximity of our psyches when we're trying to dream together. The idea that these people are trying to dream together is a hint that those people were trying to dream together.
Speaking of The Green, the green of those sneakers looks a lot like the green in the image that Tess presents as the next trend.
That's not accidental. Tess is in touch with things that are found in our collective subconscious and our collective dreams. These are people who are very vibrant in dreams. Therefore, the association with the color and all of that is an easy connection. The connection between the image she's pulled out of what she thinks is her imagination, out of her dreams -- out of our dreams -- and the connection to a dream cult, it's not an accident. It could be something that she isn't quite aware of what she's doing.
We don't know for sure what happened to Andy, but word in the dream world is that he's stroked out -- which immediately makes you think of Taka's mother.
Well, what do you think happened to her? How did she end up the way she is?
I would think she pulled an Andy.
Quite possibly. Quite possibly.
Does it help to know something about the study of dreams in the more traditional sense of what these things mean when watching the show? For instance, water dreams can mean life and death, birth and re-birth.
You can have fun with it, but it's not necessary. Everything you need to understand the show is in the show. You don't need to do outside reading. We're thoroughly happy to have deep, long Reddits, but we're not a Google show. For us, water has always been the permeable barrier between waking and dreaming. Like a waterfall. It's a wall, but you can pass through it.
Where did you get the Bobby Eacey song?
We found Bobby Eacey and Bobby's album. This is not a cover. We actually found Bobby Eacey.
Throughout the episode, the scientists keep talking about the "purity of data," which seems ironic when you speak about something as elusive as dreaming. But they seem hellbent on making this very scientific.
Yes, there are people who think they can make the holistic scientific. That's their goal. Psychology has a huge issue, which is repeatability of studies. Therefore, the purity of the data -- meaning that, are there corrupting factors in your data that prevent it from actually being scientifically legitimate? If you're going to try to prove something as outlandish as two people are sharing a dream, you need to have pure scientific data. It's a very mathematical-engineering-clockwork universe way of approaching what is essentially a holistic, natural, fractal-created phenomenon
So far, in the first two episodes, some dream scenes are obviously dream scenes. Some waking scenes are obviously waking scenes. Then, there are the ones that are blurrier. For instance, there's a scene in episode two where Tess hears this banging at her door, and then there's nobody there. It feels very much in the waking world and we don't see her eyes open and close as an indication that we're going into a dream.
There are three potential solutions to that. One is, Levon ran away before she opened the door. Two is, Tess is stark-raving crazy. Three is, somehow Tess' dreams spilled over into her waking [life]. It's up to you to pick which one.
Need a recap of "Calling the Vasty Deep?" Blake Masters gives the rundown for episode two!