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The Baby is a changeling.

The Man in the Planet is a human version of the baby preparing revenge on Henry.

The film is all a surreal dream, but it's not Henry's.

It's Mary's dream, as her sleeping mind tries to understand why her husband lost his mind and killed their perfectly normal baby.

The film takes place in the future, on a backwater space colony.

  • The almost-abandoned city that Henry lives in is one of the few standing settlements on a barely-habitable planet that's been terraformed just enough that a handful of humans can live on it. People eat weird synthetic chickens because the nearest real chickens are light years away.
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  • The Man in the Planet's planet is actually the planet that Henry lives on. The Man in the Planet is either an engineer involved in terraforming (who was presumably mutated during his time on-planet,) or a vengeful alien trying to get revenge on one of the intruding humans by making his life hell.
  • The Baby's weird physiology is either the result of mutation from exposure to extraterrestrial chemicals that the human body isn't equipped to handle, or because Mary was actually impregnated by one of the native almost-extinct aliens without her knowledge (perhaps the Man in the Planet.) Ditto for Henry's hallucinations, which could be caused by a combination of exposure to the chemicals and cosmic radiation.

The entire film takes place during Instrumentality.

  • It is one of the possible existences Shinji imagines for himself. The man in the planet represents Gendo, pulling the strings of instrumentality. That's why the planet explodes at the end; Instrumentality is rejected by Shinji and ends. The woman in the radiator represents Yui, and that's why she is happy at the end when everything fades to white; Shinji rejected instrumentality. The Baby is a horrific manifestation of Shinji's fear and insecurity, and only by overcoming it, or "killing" it, can he escape.

The film is Henry's Dying Dream... As he's being executed on the electric chair.

Being executed for infanticide, he has a distorted flashback to the events that led to his crime. The Man in the Planet is the executioner, hence his sinister lever-pulling bookending the film. This also explains all the disturbing imagery involving electricity, and Henry's electric-shock haircut.

Nothing in the movie actually happened and it was all just a weird drug trip
Why did no one guess this one before?

The Baby is a symbol of the hopes and dreams for Half Life 3, and Lynch predicted this decades early.
...It makes just as much sense as the movie, so I guess it works...

...i need my medication...


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