“For me every game could go either way. So it’s kind of hard to… keep track or care anymore.”
We all wish for the opportunity to do things over again. We wonder what would happen if whatever happened, happened differently. When our favorite team misses that last second field goal, we wishfully wonder: What if they hadn’t lost? What if the won?
“Game Day”, the latest installment of “Awake” made our wishes come true and gave us a glimpse into a world where what didn’t happen, happens. We watched with everyone else and gathered around the television in the final seconds of “Seattle vs. LA”, but Britten, with his back to the game, showed little to no interest in watching.
For us it’s a tossup of who will win and who will lose. Glued to the screen in the final seconds we wonder how it all would end. For Detective Britten the game played has no finality. His end is just one part of a cosmic coin that lands on both sides - heads and tails. Whichever team won today may lose tomorrow, and so our beloved dualist Michael Britten has developed an apparent apathy for anything decided by “the flip of the coin”.
We live our lives trusting that there will only be one resolution, one inevitable end, “it is what it is” and we’ve grown accustomed to it. Michael Britten lives two lives and for him inevitability is two-sided. - He wins when he loses. He’s right when he’s wrong. He has and he has not.
Watching Awake each week gives us an opportunity to see what life would be like if it were lived in two directions; a bilateral journey down forking paths where anything that happens to us just might have an equal and opposite reaction.
In the second half of “Game Day”, we learned that Emma had lost Rex’s baby. Our hearts were pained and we understood why she distanced herself from him. Britten being the good father that he is, advised his son to be a good man and support Emma in any way he can.
His team had lost. And like every good coach will dictate; dignity was to be on display, not the agony of defeat.
In the final seconds of “Game Day”, we learned that Emma is pregnant with Rex’s baby. Our hearts swelled and we were happy for Grandpa Michael and Grandma Hanna. Britten being the good “grandfather”, took his own advice and decided to support Emma and his grandchild in any way he could.
His team won! A celebration is in order; a celebration of life.
It’s a bittersweet victory for Emma and Granma Hanna; losing Rex but gaining his protégé. That’s how the game of life is for us also. We live only one reality. Each day we’ll be on a losing team or on a winning one. We win some, we lose some. “Game Day” showed us what it’s like when we “win some” and “lose some”, both at the same time.
All the same, if you ask me, watching Awake each week is a “win-win” situation every time!
STAY TUNED: Find out who will win and who will lose as the “Slackwater” begins to stir! Watch Awake tonight, think about it tomorrow, and read my take next week.