I tihnk this video is one of they're best just for the simple fact of the pure genious that was involved in all of the symbolism in the video! If you look at it from the graphics aspect yeah it doesn't really pan up to some of the others but shit I think the video is brilliant!
If you don't like Prison Sex you really need to question WHY you don't like it. Maybe you're just an anti-Quay person (the artists who likely inspired this video's style), and that's fine, but you need to appreciate how meaningful this video is. I think it goes amazingly well with the song, with everything, and like others have said, it is without a doubt my most favorite Tool video. I think the worst is probably Parabola, which is so strewn-out and hard to correlate with anything that I can't really enjoy it. It also seems to have panned out of the darker themes from similar songs even like Schism--then again, that makes sense, because of it being the song Parabola...
Either way..... woo! Go Prison Sex. Personally I marvel at Adam Jones suddenly taking the reigns fully and making such a great video. Whereas in past people had produced... well, Hush, which made a point, but made that same point for about 2:48... and Sober, the precursor to what would really shine through in (obviously) Prison Sex.
__________________ "Remember I'll always love you, as I claw your throat away, this will end no other way."
Notice: the doll is in the alien creature's prison so to speak. It is like a child. It doesn't know what the alien is doing to him is wrong. The leglessness may symbolize the "I can't get away from this" feeling. The alien aso seems to tear pages out of a book which may be something simialr to the bible. you know that whole "my bible doesn't mention sodomy" type thing. Only at the end does the doll know that these actions are wrong and that is why he taints himself with the brush and he actally tries to defend himself by raising his hand up at the end. The whole 'being pushed back into the wall' action may symbolize the coming full circle lyric. Meaning that later in life, this doll will secumb to the what he was raised with, beoming a tormentor himself. I am done. I probaby didn't list all that I could thing of, but I am not watching the vid right now, so you know...
The book thing reminds me of a marilyn manson lyric in "Dried Up, Tied And Dead To The World", wich is about child abuse. It goes like this: 'You never read what you've written', meaning that the parent never faces what he has done to the child. Tearing the pages from the book in thes video could mean something similar, but could as well be what has been written about his own live, his own abuse. The tearing of the pages would mean trying to get rid of it. I don't really see a bible link, but might be wrong...
oh wow, I just saw the video for the first time. I love it... its their most interesting and cohesive. That alien is so cool/creepy. i haven't really looked at in depth for meaning, but as of now, I just think its cool.
i only downloaded this vid about a week ago and i have to say that it is by far my favorite. it makes the most sense, and the characters are so cool. i can't help but love the little doll looking dude. just the models and the flow and symbolism it's awesome.
i've got most of it figured out except for the spinning child-head thing, the meat-looking figure, and the caterpillar.
the bee, man, the bee is awesome.
near the end when the parent is passing the bee from one finger to the other. i love it. the first time i saw it i was like: WHOA! just do to the incredible symbolism. it was just so impacting.
yeah this video isn't really up to par- but it's a co-direct, and i think adam works best as sole creative control. the stop motion is really derivative of the brothers quay, and while the concept is a lot more linear than most other tool videos, i think it's to it's detriment, not advantage.
I think this video was the best one, better than parabola(partially because i still don't get it :P) the contrast between the doll and the dark figure are clear and concise, and its just a good video :)