“Different heres, different nows. All possible pasts, all possible presents.” That’s the simplest explanation possible. Behold the schisma, which enters in episode 6 of Castle Rock. For people who are really paying attention to the storylines, the full explanation of the schisma is significant, which becomes apparent in later episodes. Now, if you think that’s a spoiler alert and I just ruined it for you, relax. First of all that’s only the beginning of the show, not the end. Second, I’m telling you as a precautionary warning that you need to pay attention to the details! If you do other things and only half watch it like I do with a lot of shows, you won’t understand the series. There’s too many layers. It is starting to feel like a Sci-Fi version of special edition Clue.
The schisma. I jotted down the definition as they explained it, because it’s explained really fast but it’s really important. “Schisma nano-scale turbulences caused by quantum totality separating in parallel. Other heres, other nows. All possible pasts, all possible presents. Schisma is the sound of the universe trying to reconcile that.”
The deaf man is able to hear more than anyone else. Sci-fi or not, it’s an inspiring thing to think about. As you read this you’ve probably already paused reading this short and quick review for a notification… and likely a seemingly important, yet un-important notification at that. “All noise cleansed. All that’s left is the schisma. What you hear now is just a rumor, what you hear in the filter is truth.”
You can’t just watch one episode alone, or skip episode 6 if you want to understand the others. Then it might seem kind of anti-climactic and/or confusing. I know because come episode 5, I honestly didn’t understand what was going on anymore. But with the entry of the schisms it all started to all make sense, like a piece to a puzzle. It’s not pure horror, terror, or ghosts like traditional horror. It’s not traditional science fiction. True to Stephen King style, it’s just un-ordinary things happening in an ordinary town to ordinary people. Unlike Stephen King’s traditional style, or any horror genre where the story is typically in surviving the horror rather than figuring out what it is, it’s coming out in a complex puzzle that you just want to finish.