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On the Nebuchadnezzar, other than the two naturally born humans Tank and Dozer, were any of the crew ever in Zion before they unjacked Mr. Anderson to join them? I think Morpheus must have been in Zion once or multiple times since he was the captain, he was rather old compared to his crewmates I guess and he had the codes agent Smith desired. What about Mr. Reagan, Mouse, Switch, Apoc and Mrs. Moss?

I guess Mr. Reagan has never been in Zion because he was unhappy outside the Matrix which probably wouldn't be the case if he lived in Zion. And perhaps Mouse was too young to visit the city as yet. But I think all the hoverships visit Zion once in a time.

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    Why would you think they wouldn't have been in Zion? Why would Reagan/Cypher necessarily be happy if he had been there? He still wouldn't get steaks or all the things he craved. Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 18:22
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    I think we can reasonably assume that Morpheus' crew have been to Zion on many occasions, re-supplying the ship, training and just spending time in the city. Probably it's quite unusual that Neo is immediately assigned to a ship and heads right back in.]
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 18:23
  • @DanielRoseman I think in Zion they eat better food than the one on the hovercraft, maybe even steaks or something. To your first question: when Tank talked with Mr. Anderson about Zion he said something like "if you get old enough you might get the chance to see it" though I dunno how the quote is in English. This implies the crew wasn't in Zion as yet or rarely, as if it were exceptional to visit Zion.
    – John
    Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 18:44
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    @John - I doubt they eat steaks. Do you see any cows?
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 21:23
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    @John - The bread was made with stores of wheat that had been grown outside of Zion. The machines destroyed the wheat fields 40+ years before the events of the The Matrix.
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 9:10

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I think we can reasonably assume that all of the ship's crew have their own apartments somewhere in Zion.

Morpheus certainly spent time in Zion. We see him as a much younger man at a Zionese feast in the webcomic The Miller's Tale.

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Trinity has been there sufficiently often that she has her own (decorated) room. Sparsely furnished, admittedly, but certainly not just a hotel room for her to stay in when she's not on-ship.

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  • Specifically I wonder whether Mr. Reagan ever has been to Zion. Obviously not, otherwise I think he would quit his job on the Nebuchadnezzar and live another life in Zion, and perhaps find another woman and found a family.
    – John
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 6:07
  • @John - He stays on the Neb because he's besotted with Trinity. I think we can reasonably assume he's been to Zion regularly (for resupply trips, leave, etc)
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 8:32
  • He didn't really love Mrs. Moss, it was rather lust, and he said "I thought that I love you". I think Mr. Reagan would rather want to become a senator in Zion than being a crew member on the hovercraft. Do you have a source for frequent visits to Zion by the Neb (in contrast to Tank's statement which implies it was rather rare)?
    – John
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 8:49
  • @John - The various ships come in for docking regularly. There are several comments about how rare it is to have all of the hovercraft in dock at the same time, implying that it's not rare to have more than one.
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 8:53
  • Do we know how long Mr. Reagan and Mouse (the youngest crew member) were ejected from the Matrix, at the time Mr. Anderson joined them?
    – John
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 8:56
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The film makes clear references to the usual recruits being younger than Neo.

We have a rule, we never free a mind past a certain age... I broke that rule because I had to.

Given that Neo appears to be younger than the rest of the crew with the exception of Mouse, combined with a likely mission duration before returning to Zion for R&R, it seems almost certain that the entire crew has visited Zion many times.

While Zion is a city, it isn't portrayed as an especially nice one through the film series. There are obvious squeezes on both space and resources. Given the option to trade up to an easy and wealthy life inside the Matrix as someone important, like an actor, it's not a stretch to see this as desirable if you are not invested in the outcome of the human-machine war.

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