Due to his involvement in many of the nerd-o-sphere’s hottest properties, news of anything J.J. Abrams-related immediately commands the attention of the internet. So when his production company Bad Robot dropped a mysterious new teaser on Entertainment Weekly this morning, sci-fi fans scrambled to decode the meaning of the odd, unsettling and totally ambiguous minute-plus clip.
No creative context was provided for the video, entitled “Stranger,” so it’s unclear whether it is promoting an upcoming television show, movie, video game, web-series or other media venture. The clip opens with a plaintive piano score that sounds similar to the compositions of Oscar-winner and Bad Robot favorite Michael Giacchino. After a shot of the stars, the voice-over -- which, to these ears, sounds like it was read by either William Bogert or Frank Langella -- begins with “he arrived knowing nothing of himself,” and shows a man with ropes around his wrists, looking confused as he stumbles about the shallows of the beach. Then...you know what? Just watch the thing, it’s only 67-seconds long, and meet me at the next paragraph.
OK, cool. So what could this be for? The character’s wardrobe and hairstyle, as well as intimations about rebirth, had me thinking “The Crow,” although it doesn't seem that Bad Robot is attached to the reboot of that project. Others wonder, with the water motif and soundtrack, if it could be related to the show “Lost.” And what of Mr. Sewed Lips? Purely speculating here, but I’m guessing he’s not a Sith Lord from Abram’s upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
It’s obviously all conjecture at this point, which is the purpose of the whole thing. But to paraphrase the card at the end of the clip, “Soon we will know.”