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Bastion (Overwatch) is the robot Dalai Lama

For those who have had the pleasure of playing Overwatch, Blizzard’s online multiplayer FPS game, they  have also had the pleasure of playing as one of unique characters designed to annihilate the other team.  Enter Bastion, possibly the most polarizing character among Overwatch’s ever-growing roster.  Love him or hate him, no one can deny that Bastion’s history is among the most interesting yet simple back stories of the game.

In short, Bastion is a front-line combat Omnic left over from the Omnic Crisis.  In the fan treasured video short, The Last Bastionwe see Bastion being re-awakened by Ganymede, his future feathered friend.  Bastion struggles with his hostile war programming to choose peace instead of the life of violence he once knew.  By the end of the video, we see a literal machine gun decide to withdraw from violence and embrace nature and it’s peaceful occupants instead.

While there are a few theories about the purpose of Bastion’s existence and/or reactivation (as discussed in Episode 3 of our podcast), Fan Theory World’s very own James Ellerby has come up with his own.  What if Bastion, or at least the new and reborn version of himself, is really the Omnic equivalent of the Dalai Lama.

On the surface, we already see the basis of this theory; a second life (reincarnation) embracing peace where violence once inhabited.  Let’s go deeper into the rabbit hole.  The video short, Alivewe see the Omnic spiritual leader, Tekhartha Mondatta,  assassinated by Widowmaker, despite the best efforts of Tracer.  This video may have further significance than we may first realize.  It seems awfully coincidental that Mondatta’s death and Bastion’s reactivation occur around the same time (There is no definitive timeline for the animated shorts, so this is purely speculation).   Perhaps Zenyatta’s mission since the death of his close friend, is to locate Mondatta’s reincarnation and help to realize his place as the next spiritual leader among the Shambali.

Mondatta

The idea of a living weapon being spiritually reborn into a leader of peace and unity is poetic in both it’s creativity and simplicity.  Could the very name “Bastion” have a hidden meaning?  “Sebastian” is derived from a Greek word for “venerable”, meaning honored and admirable. Maybe that last part is a bit of a stretch, but only time will tell.  Until then, keep on theorizing!

Author: Erik Montgomery

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Mike Ehrmantraut(Breaking Bad) is Former Deputy Brent(Gremlins)?

Breaking Bad has gone down in television history as one of the greatest Drama/Thriller shows of all time.  Throughout the series, we follow the transformation of Bryan Cranston’s character, Walter White, from a mild mannered high school chemistry teacher to a terrifying methamphetamine manufacturer and brutal crime lord.  While the show’s main bald headed protagonist is living through his criminal metamorphosis, we are introduced to another crooked cueball.  Enter everyone’s favorite bad-ass  henchman played by beloved actor Jonathan Banks, Mike Ehrmantraut.

Mike is an experienced body guard anti-hero that makes a regular appearance throughout the series.  Mike is the kind of guy that never loses his cool even in the toughest and often challenging situations.  He seems to always have a plan A, B, and C, all while remaining cool as a cucumber.  In fact, during the events of both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul nothing ever seems to penetrate his cool and intimidating exterior.  Is it possible that Mike was born with this mellow yet devious attitude or perhaps he has reached the point in his life when he can see through most every human behavior and is next to impossible to be surprised?

I believe that the revered Mike Ehrmantraut has seen things in his life.  He has seen the unbelievable and experienced a vivid and ghastly nightmare that changes a man. It changes a man in such a way that he abandons his once honorable and moral profession in law enforcement to become a career criminal under an assumed identity.  I am talking of course about Deputy Brent from Gremlins.

Mike Ehrmantraut has stated in both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul that he is an ex-beat cop which is exactly the character that Jonathan Banks played 24 years prior.  Perhaps Bank’s previous career choice in Breaking Bad is only a nod and wink to his previous role in the horror-comedy, Gremlins.  I believe that the situation is slightly more complex than that.  Just as like a cute, fuzzy and friendly mogwai can make the transformation into a gremlin, I believe that Deputy Brent also shifted  when his mind was faced with the impossible.  In fact, a life changing metamorphosis seems to be the base theme of the Breaking Bad franchise.  Is it possible that the characters are mirroring the changes inspired by Gremlins?

Perhaps it is a stretch of the imagination that the two franchises could share a universe.  Perhaps in future episodes of Better Call Saul we will see Jimmy McGill enter a chinese curiosity shop run by an elderly man named Mr. Wing.  Only time will tell, and until then keep theorizing!

Author: Erik Montgomery

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Overwatch Fan Theories

On this episode of FTW, our co-hosts, Erik and James, discuss the theories surrounding the fan favorite game of Overwatch.  Overwatch has become one of the most popular fps multiplayer games despite not having a definitive story line.  This has led to a lot of fan speculation on the history of its beloved characters.  Join our co-hosts as they discuss theories about a mad scientist dressed as an angel, baby-daddy issues and much more!

As Always, if you have suggestions for future episodes or theories of your own, you can reach us on Twitter @fantheoryworld or email us at fantheoryworld@gmail.com.  Thanks for listening!

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Dragonball Fan Theories

In this episode, Erik, James and their guest Tom explore the multitude of theories on the Dragonball series. The Dragonball series has been the gateway into anime for many people and has laid the groundwork for many shows to come.  Join our co-hosts and guest in discussing theories including their favorite and the weird.

Have suggestions for future episodes or theories of your own? Find us @fantheoryworld on Twitter, fantheoryworld.com or email us at fantheoryworld@gmail.com.  Thanks for downloading and subscribing!

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Lord of the Rings Fan Theories

On our first episode of FTW our co-hosts, Erik and James, explore some of the more prominent theories on Lord of the Rings. We discuss topics such as the famous eagle controversy and the identity of Tom Bombadil. We even dive into the weirder theories that tie in the Harry Potter universe and even Snow White and the Seven Dwarves!