The Limit is objective and can be looked at as the thing that triggers the drivers from a holistic point of view. So, how it is shown is different from what it is. I think we have to look objectively before subjectively. Like Mike W pointed out, pedals aren’t the limit. They are the clock of the limit. So, just like a map is seperate from territory, the clock is seperate from the lock. The clock can be off as a storytelling device. So, I think we beed to be clear about the option lock before we discuss what the optionlock clock is. This is epecially true with soft edge optionlocks.
If doesn’t matter whether we focus on agents, sentinels or the AI as they are all agents of the Machines. The Real World is a critical part of the OS as the Zionists are the stakes characters for the action occurring within the Matrix. The limit starts the climax, but also tells us when it will be over.
So, I think the biggest issue we have left is to look at things from the Audience POV vs the Author’s POV.
In this case, I can still argue that the dramtic tension of will Neo embrace being the one is completed, but will Neo be the one (survive and lead/save the zionists) is not done until he exits. And, this allows him to complete the RS with a kiss too.
We aren’t debating over what the climax is or when i starts, just when it ends.
But, I think that is critical here. In Star Wars, it isn’t over just because Luke turns of his computer and trusts the force. He still has to make the shot.
In the Matrix, if it were about the agents, Neo would go after them once he recycles Smith. But, instead he must leave to survive and lead his people. Even in the coda, Neo isn’t focused on the agents. What good would Neo’s superiority do if he died? How would the Zionists have superiority over the Matrix without him? If he could inspire them to be like him enough to save themselves, they wouldn’t need him to be alive. But, they don’t have his capacity. So, if he dies, they lose. This why the limit has to be super clear and definies all that dramatic tension. Will Neo beat the agents and survive? Not just “will he beat the agents?”
In star wars, they wrestle over the operation of the death star. —sure, we can tell the accounts from both sides. But, it isn’t over until it blows up.