“Full Matrix”

LANE: And then she [Janie Fertman] goes, “You’re cheerleader material.” Cheerleader material! Just like that. I couldn’t believe it! I almost went full Matrix on her.

The Matrix is a 1999 science-fiction action film, written and directed by The Wachowskis and starring Keanu Reeves in the lead role.

Set in a dystopian future, it shows that what most humans accept as reality is actually a simulation known as “the Matrix”, created by sentient machines. Some of the freed humans mount a rebellion against the machines, and the film is notable for its highly choreographed fight scenes, influenced by martial arts movies – this is probably what Lane means by “going full Matrix” on Janie.

The Matrix was the #4 film of 1999, received critical acclaim, and won four Academy Awards in technical categories. It is widely regarded as one of the best science-fiction films of all time.

In a later season, Lane takes up Janie’s offer, and does become a cheerleader. In this episode, the lady is probably protesting a little too much about it.

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