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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

The Matrix: Broadcast Depth The Matrix
"Broadcast Depth"
Online comic
Story and art by Bill Sienkiewicz


Some precocious Potentials spell trouble for the Calappidae.


Read the story at the Internet Archive


Didja Know?


This story originally appeared on the official Matrix website in 2001. It was later printed in The Matrix Comics, Vol. 2 published by Burlyman Entertainment, a comic book publisher founded by the Wachowskis.


The original online posting of the story included a hidden link to a short video of a CGI rendering of the Calappidae hovercraft that is, of course, not available in the book or accessible on the Internet Archive. A copy of it can be found at the Matrix Wiki.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story


Maggie (dies in this story)

Mary Lena (dies in this story)

Stephen Rollins (dies in this story)



Parr (dies in this story)

Meade (dies in this story)


Didja Notice?


Maggie's ship is the Calappidae, also lovingly referred to as the Grey Ghost. Calappidae is the Latin name of a family of crabs. The ship is quite different-looking from any other Zion hovercraft seen in the Matrix series. It does look rather like a crab of the Calappidae family.



Maggie remarks that her twin 8-year old daughters are possible Potentials and are being tested to see if they have "the right stuff". The phrase "the right stuff" originated with the 1979 book The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (and even more so, the 1983 film based on it) about the Project Mercury astronauts of NASA in 1958-1963. The term "right stuff" meant having the high physical and mental attributes to make it as the first U.S. astronauts. The popularity of the book and film have made the term popular in modern culture as a catch-all phrase for "having what it takes" to get a job done.


On page 15 of the story, Maggie tries to give a surreptitious, loving goodbye to her daughter Lisa and muses that the girl is looking at her like she's speaking Urdu. Urdu is a Persianized form of the Hindustani language, spoken largely in Pakistan and India.


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