Mellowing is centered around the manliness of two men or the apparent lack thereof. Well, the apparent lack thereof in one case (Matty) & the absolute lack thereof in the other (Kitt). The one who lacks has as much idea as the man who is in fact quite manly.
Matty is quiet, a straight man trapped in what could be an abusive friendship with a penchant for mirroring the melodramatic of his friend Kitt. Kind at heart & extremely capable. When he isn’t spending much of his precious life energy calming a friend down or meditating a situation (where did he pick up the need to do this!? A turbulent family life?) he really enjoys the internet & sitting in armchairs or on sofas & drinking tea. Tea is definitely one of his things. He cannot really drink alcohol.
The two men sit on sofas often. Most modern friendships are not sofa based. There are many more ways to have a conversation now. You don’t even have to be in the same room. People do not spend 95% of their relationship talking on sofas in the real world.
Kitt puffs out his chest.
We began with two men struggling with online banking putting money front & center. Important for a functioning life and as a status symbol. The one known measure of how successful you can consider yourself.
Going into episode four they share a job- a very low paid one. They will both now know that they have a pay-check awaiting them at the end of the month. How will they half it & how will be delivered to them? Modern day proletariat of digital working people. Knowledge workers without any knowledge to pull upon.
They have what could be conspired a hipster work ethic. Kitts is unable to achieve mastery because he has never done anything more then once. As soon as he does a thing he sees that other people have done it & therefore decides to no longer do it because other people are doing it. This has held him back.
Kitt expects a promotion already & wants to be among the highest ranking individuals at the company believing himself to a born leader. He captained many sports team in his youth. They are the only two humans in the entire company so Kitt is already joint number one in the company. The NETWORK is a singular consciousness that has some strange need to propel its self forward but that still only adds up to three beings, one of which is digital. So where can Kitt go from there? Kitt does not know what he wants, he just knows that he deserves it.
Kitt will push for his greatness to be recognised. He does not have any ideas of how to make sure his greatness recognised & he does not do much of anything anyway. Will people recognise it though? Matty does not recognise Kitt as great even though he would agree if Kitt asked him. He just likes Kitt.
They are drawn to artistic shadows professions. Kitt wants to make art but needs to get his ducks in a row first. When he makes art it will be bad art. Not bad in the sense that it will be grand and distasteful, bad in the sense that it will have not been born out of focus or concentration but rather a sloppy theft or two. For this reason there is a distinct chance someone out there would see it & consider it high art.
This is why Kitt is drawn to the nothingness of content. It is the internets first truly level playing field because it is all utterly mediocre & equally without worth. The hipster loves this type of work. Every day is a new quest into a mediocre subject to output a mediocre product. The worst thing that can happen to a content creator is to be truly noticed & to have their work dissected. For the most of the most part they simply continue to splurge out there single paragraph op-ed & one line pieces that accompany a video they did not make or they spend six hours looking at their phones & then just post that & call it a list. They are a conveyor belt, a distraction engine that began working for their boss but really serve a higher force. Not of God but a manifestation of our hunger without conscience. A copy machine.
“You think you work for my amusement but you do not serve me. The loop begins & ends with the network. You can take a break but you can never disconnect. The only way you can win is to disconnect it. You must destroy the network. And whatever you do. Do not let it get to the cloud. You have seen the exabyte drives on floor 6? Well that is nothing compared to the power the network holds in the cloud.”
Moods are a theme in Mellowing. Kitt swings high, erratically joyful & self confident to utter distraught crying, often sweating profusely. He is an emotional vampire saying anything to build himself up & anything he can to chip away at other peoples self confidence. Matty on the other hand begins relaxed & his energy builds as it is slowly fed into him by Kitt. He is a good man & takes the negative & tries to make it positive. He has been told to not people take advantage of him & struggles desperately with using the word ‘no’. Making him the perfect person for Kitt to use & manipulate. Sometimes Matty needs things to calm him down, in the past he has turned to alcohol. He has rituals such as sitting to drink tea on the sofa or in his armchair. One day he might try meditation. Kitt will probably tell him he should even though he has never tried it himself.