The whole ship just got EMP'd and then the next scene shows Neo in the Matrix. Not sure how he got back in so quickly, or at all, since the ship shouldn't be working, right?

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    Hi, welcome to the site. Just to be clear, are you referring to the scene near the end of the film, where Morpheus triggered the Nebuchadnezzar's EMP device to take out the Sentinels attacking the ship? Commented Dec 24, 2021 at 12:56
  • I'm not sure that the temporal sequence you are describing occurs anywhere in the 1999 movie.
    – Buzz
    Commented Dec 24, 2021 at 22:06
  • @Buzz - They're referring to the very end of the film
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 25, 2021 at 10:14
  • Yea, the end, thank you.
    – Subtopic
    Commented Dec 25, 2021 at 17:43
  • I kind of figured some time (at least a day) passed between those scenes.
    – Nu'Daq
    Commented Dec 25, 2021 at 20:58

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As we can see in the shooting script, Neo escaped the Matrix just in the nick of time, before the EMP was triggered.


215 Again he hears her. He reacts to the RINGING PHONE, rushing toward it even as —

216 INT. MAIN DECK A sentinel descends towards Morpheus. On the screen we see Neo dive for the phone as —

Trinity: Now!

Morpheus turns the key

After a bit of dialogue and some smooching, we then

"fade to black"

which is movie shorthand for the scene ending. We come back an indeterminate amount of time later for the following scene with Neo talking on the phone before flying off like Mary Poppins.

Note also that we see the same hovership in the subsequent films, so it would appear that an EMP does not fatally disrupt their systems.


I think the EMP doesn't affect devices which are turned off. So they just had to turn on whatever they used to connect to the Matrix when it was safe.

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    The Nebuchadnezzar's systems appeared to be switched on when Morpheus triggered the ship's EMP device near the end of the first film. Commented Dec 24, 2021 at 12:58
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    Electromagnetic radiation behaves like waves most of the time but sometimes acts like particles. In cases where EMP has no apparent effect, it’s because the hovercraft broke out some bullet-time king fu, dodging the EMP particles. Commented Dec 24, 2021 at 13:35
  • That must be it, the Nebuchadnezzar broke out some emp dodging kung fu lol
    – Subtopic
    Commented Dec 26, 2021 at 21:48

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