The Old Man in the Boat

The Old Man and the Desert Island

In the final episode, the Old Man washes up on a desert island where, in a surreal encounter, he and the Worm meet the Narrator of the series. The bottle that the genie threw into the lake in Episode 4 reappears and inside is a slip of paper that, the …

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The Old Man and The Boat

The final two episodes are linked together, exploring the idea of whether an individual has a purpose, or a reason, for existing and then moves on to the biggest question: the Meaning of Life. Here, the Old Man begins speaking to his Boat, who says his…

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The Old Man and The Mirage

The Old Man’s hunger takes hold of him in this episode and he imagines he can see a box of food floating on the lake. Sadly, it’s only a mirage. This provokes an increasingly panicky debate between the Old Man and the Worm about when and wh…

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The Old Man talks to the Sun

The Old Man meets the Sun in this episode, which is a little broader than most of the others. It’s about the individual’s place in the universe, and in the history of time. The Old Man thinks about the time he’s been on earth and the …

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The Old Man and His Shadow

In this episode the Old Man begins talking to his own shadow, plus the shadows of the Worm and the Seagull. They all have differing views on what it’s like to be a shadow, but the Old Man’s shadow is particularly depressed by his role. What…

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The Old Man and The Fish

This episode is really all about the concept of ‘fairness’ and what is and isn’t fair. The Old Man finally catches a fish, who is at first grateful to have the hook removed from her mouth, but then appalled when she discovers that the…

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The Old Man and The Genie

The Old Man finds a bottle in the lake and when he uncorks it, a genie pops out. It turns out, that, somehow, the genie is The Old Man – or, at least, part of the Old Man’s soul. Inside the bottle is a note the Old Man wrote many years earlier wh…

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The Old Man and the Raindrop

It begins to rain and the Old Man finds himself in conversation with a raindrop. After some discussion about why humans dislike rain, the Old Man asks if the raindrop has seen any kind of God sitting up in the clouds where she dropped from. This episod…

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The Old Man and the Seagull

The Old Man gets to meet the Seagull who pooped in his beard in the first episode. The Old Man is a bit cross with him at first, but he slowly thaws as the two of them discuss whether humans are more intelligent than animals, and what ‘intelligen…

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The Old Man and the Worm

We meet the Old Man in the Boat for the first time. He’s fishing and almost catches a fish, but it jumps off the hook. He’s left with his bait, an indignant Worm, who helps the Old Man question whether he, or the Worm, are free, and what fr…

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