1x01. "Milfay"

written by Daniel Knauf
directed by Rodrigo Garcia

original airdate: September 14, 2003
running time: 57 minutes



There are a lot of images and symbolism used in the first ten to fifteen minutes of the show, but I am going to touch on a few may ones both in the speech and dream. I feel like both of these serve as an introduction to what we are to expect from the series and may provide some clues to what lies therein.

Most of the info is taken from dream interpretation sources, the Bible, and a lot of speculation. I'm not saying this is 100% correct, I'm not one of the show's writers. Their intentions are as much of a mystery as the symbolism in the dreams and clues they present us with.


"Before the beginning, after the great war between Heaven and Hell..."

This is likely referring to the fall of Lucifer from Heaven. Satan existed in Hell before the dawn of man. He was the tempter (in the form of a snake) in the Garden of Eden. (Book of Genesis)

"...and so it was until the day that a false sun exploded over Trinity, and Man forever traded away wonder for reason."

This could be referring to the Crucifixion of Christ. It is stated in the book of Matthew (ch 27v 45& 46) that the sun was blotted out from the sky for three hours as Jesus died. Jesus is considered to be part of the Holy Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, Holy Spirit) in Christian theology. The crucifixion put an end to Jesus' life and his works of miracles and healings. [Trinity was also the first nuclear weapons test of The Manhattan Project, July 16, 1945. It's possible that this is the false sun that marks the moment humanity embraced science over faith. more info -- Matt]


the chase through the cornfield
  A cornfield or Corn represents Fertility and/or Life. Being chased through a cornfield may represent the dreamer's struggle with feeling pursued throughout every turn of their life.

the ring: "In Hoc Signo Vinces"
  Roughly translated from Latin, this means "By this sign (the cross) we conquer." The motto is said to have been adopted by the emperor Constantine after his vision of a cross in the heavens just before his decisive battle in A.D. 312. Constantine's army was fiercely outnumbered by the contending emperor Maxentius. On the evening before the battle, Constantine saw a Cross emblazoned on the horizon with the words "In Hoc Signo Crucis Vinces" surrounding it. He immediately set to work placing the cross on the shields of everyone in his army. The next day Constantine swept the enemy into the Tiber River, and entered victoriously into Rome. [The red cross may be the symbol of The Knights Templar, "a monastic military order formed at the end of the First Crusade with the mandate of protecting Christian pilgrims on route to the Holy Land." more info -- Matt]

the tattoo of a tree
  Tattoos represent a negative self-infliction. A sort of self-torture or internal struggle with one's self. Trees themselves represent the dreamer of the dream. A barren tree represents something barren in the dreamer: health/soul/mind. The tree may be also represent the Tree of Life or Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil mentioned in the book of Genesis. According to the Bible (Gen. 2:9), eating from the tree of life Adam and Eve would never die and never be separated from their life-giver and sustainer (God). The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was the antithesis of the tree of life. One sustained life; the other brought death.

the snake
  This may represent Satan or evil in general. The serpent in the Garden of Eden (Book of Genesis) was said to be Satan. The snake charmer is Ruthie, who we meet later in the episode. The fact that the snake is poised to be kissed (an old carnival trick of snake charmers), may represent a foreshadowing that Ruthie could be involved in a pivotal way with the "Good vs. Evil" struggle.

the dead sheep/lamb
  Again, the bible makes several references of people being "lead like lambs to slaughter". It is a generality that people can be led blindly, almost oblivious to their own deaths. It was spoke of both in Psalms 44:22 (speaking of people dying for their faith) - "Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter." and in Jeremiah 51:40 (speaking of the destruction of Babylon) - "I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with the goats."