Just a random article about cubes. The films I have listed below for reference, all have a cube as a heavy feature in the storyline. They make me think of other well-ordered geometrical things, like grids and systems, which run off of a power source. I will explain after each one.
Hellraiser (1987) – a puzzle of sorts, a box to be opened and tempt you into hell. But it is a cube with a dark secret, which feeds on human desire, curiosity and deviance, which activate it. So, that is its power source.
Star Trek First Contact (1996), The Borg – their ship is a cube, they search out and assimilate knowledge and other species. And this one runs on a very clear system, with the power source being the Borg themselves integrated with the technology.
The Cube (1997) – a strange film without a backstory given or answer of how or why. But a maze in a cube for unsuspecting occupants, more like a prison with boobytraps and mechanisms, yet still a system and design that serves a purpose. All systems need form, and that one appears to focused on here and there.
Transformers – the allspark which was great power source. Shaped like a cube, and part of the machine world, but still seems relevant here.
Tesseract – in the marvel films, a recurring item throughout the films, is again a cube, this one being an unlimited power source.
We always seem to be looking for the ultimate energy source, and therefore power. I guess it’s no coincidence that the word power is used for batteries, as well as for ruling. Maybe their power comes from us, literally. And when they showed us a field of human battery pods in The Matrix, maybe they weren’t far from the truth. But a cube is an easy shape to imagine, a box. And it’s easy to get stuck in one, mentally perhaps, ‘think outside the box’ they say. Maybe that’s also more than just a metaphor, but to think it’s only in mind keeps you trapped thus so, and is a self-perpetuating loop. Perhaps.
But we are definitely being viewed and treated more as a commodity rather than a consumer, so it makes me wonder if we are the ones now being consumed. Just as we have done with resources, for the system trying to unfold, it switches. We become the resource. And like with all the films mentioned above, there is someone or something behind those cubes, and a need…