NOTE: This is my own take of EXO’s concept so far. Might be a little too long for you guys but a response is greatly appreciated. Tell me what you guys think as well ;)
I firmly believe that all of EXO’s comeback concepts are linked to one another in some sort of way. I mean even the titles of EXO’s tours may be in on this..
EXOPLANET #1 - The Lost Planet
EXOPLANET #2 - EXO’luXion
EXOPLANET #3 - EXO’rdium
I’m safely stating that The Lost Planetera is of the time where they are introduced to the people with the concept of being aliens and such from an exoplanet which was “lost” and I’m assuming that they are lost on earth.
Then we haveEXO’luXion, which also came from the word exolution which means “to set free”, (which is undeniably linked to their album EXODUS which means “a mass departure or migration” which is seen in the Pathcode teasers). If you watch theEXO’luXion VCR at the opening of the concert you will see that it discusses about an unknown “IT” as well as stating 5 facts about it which includes the fact that that “IT” is composed of 9 objects and has different characteristics and has been existing for 20 years.
So I’m assuming that the connection of this to the pathcode is that the OBJECTS are not necessarily the EXO members but instead are extraterrestrial objects (the black hexagonal thingy) which consists of their individual powers. If you look at the pathcode teaser, they have not shown their abilities or they have no abilities at all until some strange phenomenon occurs which may be the signal that the EXO’luXion has happened (take note of the definition of EXO’luXion in the screenshot below).
Also it is stated in the VCR that“the publication of this research was done to notify that all objects have started to go towards the planet ‘Evolution Planet’”where Evolution planet is the name of the EXOPLANET. This “publication” may also be linked to Tao’s pathcode teaser where he sees a news article about the objects.
Now let’s go way back to MAMA era but we’ll focus on the narration at the beginning of theMAMA MV.
“When the skies and the grounds were one, the legends, through their twelve forces, nurtured the tree of life. An eye of red force created the evil which coveted the heart of tree of life, and the heart slowly grew dry. To tend and embrace the heart of tree of life, the legends hereby divide the tree in half and hide each side. Hence, time is over-turned and space turns askew. The twelve forces divide into two and create two suns that look alike into two worlds that seem alike. The legends travel apart. The legends shall now see the same sky but shall stand on different grounds, shall stand on the same ground but shall see different skies. The day the grounds be kept a single file before one sky in two worlds that seem alike, the legends will greet each other.
The day the red force is purified and the twelve forces reunite into one perfect root, a new world shall open up.”
Now lets overlook the EXO-K and EXO-M concept for a moment.
So the narration says that “when the skies and the grounds are one through the legends’ forces”, which basically means that the forces are one, “they nurtured the tree of life”, where the tree of life may represent their main source of existence. Then “an eye of red force created the evil and coveted the heart of the tree of life then the heart slowly grew dry”. Now, the eye of red force may be the representation of the ones who conducted the experiments which can be seen in the Lucky One teaser and the heart of the tree of life growing dry may mean that it is slowly dying or losing its existence (which may mean that the legends may be losing their existence as well).
So the legends divided the tree in half and hide each side to prevent the heart from dying and to nurture it back to life. But by doing this, the time was over-turned and space turned askew, which may be why the timeline for EXO’s concept is shown in no chronological order, but we’ll get to that later.
The twelve forces divide into two and create two suns that look alike into two worlds that seem alike which represents the division of EXO-K and EXO-M. But then it says that the legends travel apart which may not necessarily mean 2 groups of legends. This may explain the pathcode teasers as well which shows them in different parts of the world. So the legends shall now see the same sky but shall stand on different grounds, shall stand on the same ground but shall see different skies, obviously may mean that they are on different areas or cities but still on the same planet.
The day the grounds be kept a single file before one sky in two worlds that seem alike, the legends will greet each other. This may mean that the 2 worlds (EXO-K and EXO-M), or the legends in general, lining up before one sky (may represent the eclipse we have seen since their debut teasers), is an indication for them to reunite once again. And so the day the red force is purified and the twelve forces reunite into one perfect root, a new world shall open up which means that when the red force is gone, the legends/forces/objects may unite to open up a new world.
So from what I have understood, the MAMA narration has somehow covered the whole concept of EXO so far which shows that this has been planned out from the beginning and stretches out til SM knows when.
Speaking of the beginning, the upcoming concert tour of EXO titles as EXO’rdium, which also means “the beginning” may explain the origin of these legends or forces or objects. Atleast based from the Lucky One and Monsterteasers where they literally look like they’re being experimented on and being contained.
Now the time being overturned and space turning askew may mean that what we have seen from EXO so far are all linked but are set in different timelines as well as different places. A perfect example for space turning askew is the Love Me Right MVwhich honestly is kind of a trippy MV. SM incorporating the Alice in Wonderland theme fits perfectly in this whole concept as well.
This is just my take on this whole EXO thingy and may or may not be correct. We’ll see once the Lucky One and Monster MVs are released ;)
All in all I’m loving what SM is giving EXO so far. I applaud them. Their concept gaming is no joke.
Let me just show you screenshots of various EXO MVs and teasers that may make you think about the links of this who’ll concept.
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Riots in the EXO’luxion VCR and Monster Teaser
Jongin pointedly looking at a broken piece of china