In Dissonance Theory we see the park operators discussing a request from The Man in Black for "a pyrotechnic effect, low yield, two charges". He then lights up his cigar, puts it in the jail cell door keyhole, which blows up seconds later. Another few seconds later, a second cigar blows up in the mouth of a prison guard (who happened to light it up exactly at the same time?)

How did The Man in Black make that request?

  • Although there is obviously some time compression I would assume that the hosts are constantly providing updates back to the central control. Since they can see what is intended ... that would form the "request".
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 6:48
  • @Paulie_D Would it be more likely that the Man in Black striking the match was a signal? Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 17:30
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    The cigars were pre-loaded so the park obviously knew about them and sanctioned their possible use. As I said, there is no obvious request other than the action we see....I would assume the action we see (whatever it is) forms the "request".
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 18:27
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    On the point of lighting up the cigars at exactly the same time, you'll notice that the MiB deliberately blows on the lit end of the cigar to burn it faster. As such, there is some wriggle room for the guard to have lit it before the MiB made his escape.
    – SGR
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 8:37
  • Remember, The Man in Black is a very important guest, so the rules are different for him.
    – alexgbelov
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 0:47

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My impression during the episode is that the actions of the guests act as the request. The Man In Black was starting an action that would lead to an explosion. The park tech saw that the guest expected an explosion, asked for approval, got it, and triggered the controlled & approved explosion.

In other words, guests don't verbally ask. Their actions trigger requests.

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