Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were a reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
Going to a prostitute did nothing for Douglas Quaid. Although in this case that would be finding out who he really is. I’m not sure that came out less dirty. Anyway, it’s back to the hotel where he gets to play “Is This Your Life?” some more.
Chapter 18: Edgemar
Anybody actually reading along with me: did you catch the foreshadowing in Edgemar’s comments?
Yes, the new plan was to bring the guy behind Rekall (or somebody who looked and sounded like him) to try to convince Quaid that he wasn’t dreaming. And one of the benefits of a book is we actually get to see Quaid’s thoughts instead of guess them as Edgemar and Lori start making pretty good sense. the life Douglas Quaid finds himself drawn into does seem a bit hard to believe. If you woke up and “discovered” you were a secret agent brainwashed into thinking your somebody else because of something you knew you’d find it hard to swallow, too. And after his failing with Melina, Quaid’s actually more susceptible to this.
But delusions don’t sweat. I guess even Quaid knows the limits of implanted delusions.
The story ends with Edgemar (or is duplicate) dead and Lori taking him away. But I also want to comment on something that happens at the start of the chapter, and this is also a remark about the movie. Cohaagen declares martial law then stuffs a guy (and a few others for different crimes) into an airlock and slowly drains the air…for graffiti. Now the news announcer doesn’t say it’s the pro-Kuato graffiti that’s been all over the place, so…nobody finds that harsh? And to see it over the news?
This would also be the first appearance (I forget if this scene is in the movie) of how director Paul Verhoeven depicted how the human face reacts to being in airless space…and while it’s meant to be creepy and is certainly gross to the over-imaginative, weak-stomach-bearing reviewer you’re currently reading–wasn’t that one of the most hilarious scenes you ever saw? I mean, I know there’s only so much of this movie to take seriously, but it reminds me of the trucker ghost from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.
Will Quaid escape? Will he learn more about Doug Hauser? The answers lie ahead in our next installment.
Next Time: Escape
I guess that actually answered the question, didn’t it?