Ergo Proxy

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Saturday 7:00 PM Feb 25, 2006 on WOWOW



  • Trivia

    • The episode starts with a quotation from Michelangelo's response to Giovan Battista Strozzi's epigram for the Night Stature in the Medici Chapel.

    • The Cogito Virus (which affects AutoRievs) refers to Descartes' "Cogito ergo sum". The literal translation of this Latin is "I think, therefore I am".

    • Vincent's cereal spells the word "awakening", the title of the episode.

    • The statues in Regent Donov Mayer's chamber, Derrida, Lacan, Husserl and Berkeley, are named after famous philosophers Jacques Derrida, Jacques-Marie-Émile Lacan, Edmund Gustav Albrecht Husserl and George Berkeley .

    • Inside Regent Donov Mayer's chamber, the stature of two reclining figures on the right is based on Michelangelo's Night and Day stature placed above Giuliano di Piero de' Medici's sarcophagus in Medici Chapel, Florence. In the show, the female figure (Night) represents the voice of Lacan and the male figure (Day) the voice of Husserl. The stature on the left is based on Michelangelo's Twilight and Dawn stature placed above the sarcophagus of Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici in Medici Chapel. In the show, the female figure (Dawn) represents the voice of Derrida and the male figure (Twilight) the voice of Berkeley.

  • Quotes

    • Iggy: (referring to Vincent) Well, did you see the way he was looking at you?
      Re-l: Oh, was he?
      Iggy: As if you didn't notice.

    • (Re-l is about to touch a piece of evidence)
      Iggy: Citation from Citizen Security Bureau: Continuation of your present action could be construed as a violation of bureau regulations.
      Re-l: Okay, okay. We've been told not to touch. We haven't been told not to look.
      Iggy: Yes, but...
      Re-l: Come on. Let's go before the creepy guys turn up.

    • Dorothy: (to Vincent) If you follow my instructions, you will be able to become a fellow citizen.
      Re-l: I wouldn't rely on an Entourage. Entourages are still Autoreivs. If you want to be a fellow citizen, you should work with humans more.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates

      United States: June 9th, 2007
      (12:00 a.m. on Fuse)

      Canada: July 26th, 2007
      (8:00 p.m. on G4)

      Australia: July 3rd, 2007
      (9:00 p.m. on ABC2)

    • Japanese title: はじまりの鼓動
      Romaji title: Hajimari no Kodou
      Alternate title: Pulse of Awakening

  • Allusions

    • As shown in this episode, the AutoReivs are installed with a Turing application program that can be switched on and off, allowing normal human-like conversation between humans and robots. This is named after Alan Turing, who proposed the Turing test as a test of AI sentience.