Look, all of us at one point or another have mused on the possibility that the reality we experience is nothing but an elaborate artificial construct, a la The Matrix. If it is, its architects have done a pretty convincing job, but they left one loose thread that ultimately unravels the whole charade: Chris Messina.
Chris Messina, pictured above, is an actor with over 75 credits to his name. You’ve seen none of them.
I know what you’re thinking: “Wait, I know him from that one thing!” Trust me. You don’t. And yet, you immediately knew who Chris Messina was when you saw his photo. HOW?
I had the same experience when I recently watched the excellent dark comedy series Based on a True Story on Binge. When he first appeared on screen, I thought, “Oh, it’s Chris Messina. I love Chris Messina.” Then I looked back over his IMDB and found that I actually couldn’t place a single performance of his I’d seen. Yet I both knew his name, and had formed an opinion on him. But I just … I can’t … whozzit? What? WHAT?!
It’s clear that our unseen puppet masters implanted all of us with false memories of Chris Messina, and then forgot to actually connect them to anything. That’s just shoddy workmanship. Still, I highly recommend you check out Based on a True Story. It’s a funny and whip-smart takedown of our culture’s obsession with true crime podcasts.
Plus, it stars Chris Messina, and you love Chris Messina.