Sunday, December 26, 2010

Deep Impact




Ed. Note: Haven't posted anything for quite awhile due to some hard times here at NWOIB headquarters, but some attempts will be made to dash off some reports from the backlog more frequently. Also, there have been a lot of very interesting and useful comments over the past few months; I just haven't been able to respond to them and I'm really sorry about that. I hope no one feels ignored or put off.

Anyway, in light of the worldwide high weirdness going on, seems like as good a time as any for a look at the 1998 disaster flick Deep Impact--another of the Ark-themed doom films.

The film begins with the discovery of a comet headed for Earth. A teenage boy, Leo Beiderman, at an astronomy club outing notices the unusual object through his telescope. He then alerts astronomer Marcus Wolf, who soon discovers that the object is going to hit Earth; however, Wolf dies in a car accident before he can alert the world.


Back in Washington D.C., there is a minor political scandal going on involving the Secretary of the Treasury who has resigned due, supposedly, to an affair with a woman named "Ellie."

When intrepid reporter Jenny Lerner catches up with him, he is packing his boat with supplies just before he bugs out.


Having gotten nothing from the Secretary of the Treasury, but catching the attention of the administration, Lerner is nearly run off the road by the Secret Service and taken to a special meeting with the President.

The President and his aide vaguely acknowledge the "Ellie" affair, then make a deal with Lerner: if she keeps a lid on the story a while longer, then she can have the first question at the upcoming press conference.

During this meeting, the President makes a fascinating statement: "We always thought the deadline for going public was the publication of the budget, since we've spent more money than we can hide." This is interesting considering all the financial stimulus buffoonery of recent years.




That evening, while doing some research, Lerner learns that "Ellie" is really E.L.E., an Extinction Level Event.


That ELE is the Wolf-Beiderman comet.

Now, any good disaster film will have some metaphoric applications--like the oil drillers saving mankind in Armageddon--but this comet seems to insist on it: the name Beiderman is of Germanic origin meaning honest man. So put wolf together with honest man and one can't help but think of something akin to a wolf in sheep's clothing, or maybe even a sheep in wolf's clothing. Something cloaked as something else; deception, a cover story.

If you've been following the comet Leonid Elenin/Nibiru/Nemesis/brown dwarf/Planet X/pole shift saga, then this makes some sense. There are two things we know from disaster films: 1) we will never get the truth from the media, and 2) we will not be told anything until it is almost too late.

The metaphorical options for the comet are too many to discuss here; suffice it to say that the film will soon establish that this doom represents the wrath of God.


When the President does alert the public to the incoming doom, he tells them of a plan: they, together with the Russians, have been secretly building a space ship that is going to nuke the comet!


By now, most readers have probably come across the failing magnetosphere as a possible explanation for the recent weather calamities and mass animal die-offs among other things.

What comes to mind when considering this shield is the story of Job; Satan essentially tells God
that it would be useless to bother with Job since God has put His hedge of protection around him:
"Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land." (Job 1:10)
It is after God removes His hedge that Job's troubles begin. The Book of Isaiah also refers to a hedge in regards to Israel:
"And now, please let Me tell you what I will do to My vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned; And break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. I will lay it waste; It shall not be pruned or dug, But there shall come up briers and thorns. I will also command the clouds That they rain no rain on it." For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, And the men of Judah are His pleasant plant. He looked for justice, but behold, oppression; For righteousness, but behold, a cry for help." (Isaiah 5:5-7)
What is the magnetosphere if not a literal hedge of protection for the Earth?


Following the press conference, Leo Beiderman becomes a celebrity, especially as the President mistakenly announced to the world that both Marcus and Leo had died. There is no legitimate reason for anyone to have thought that Leo had died, especially a year later, but in Hollywood symbology, when a character is thought to be dead, then is discovered alive, this is a resurrection.

This is part of the film's messiah complex found in so many Hollywood movies these days: this notion that mankind will save himself from God's judgement.


Speaking of the messiah complex, the spacecraft that will save the world is called the Messiah. Not only that, but this ship is powered by a revolutionary nuclear propulsion system called Orion. The Orion messiah was covered in depth in the I Am Legend report.

Now, you know, you just know that these people are going to die saving the world.


The Messiah crew lands on the comet and plants the nukes. They fail of course, and the Wolf-Beiderman splits into two parts, now called the Wolf and the Beiderman.


After contact is lost with the Messiah, the President alerts the public to Plan B:


The ARK cave site. This recalls Revelation 6:
"Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains."
The government has already pre-selected 200.000 important people to enter the ARK; another 800,000 people under 50 are eligible for a National Lottery to enter the ARK.


You can't name your survival vessel the ARK then start filling it with pairs of animals without alluding to the judgment of God.

Again, concerning this incoming celestial body/failing magnetosphere/pole shift, another film report done here comes to mind as oddly referential: Semi-Pro.


There is a scene in which Will Ferral's character scolds his team and points to the sign showing the team's one rule: Everybody Love Everybody, or ELE.


This locker room sign is only interesting in light of the team's name The Tropics; this name is of course ironic as the team is located in Flint, Michigan.


This is unrelated, but above we find Frodo with two rings.

Another eerie flashback in the silly comedy Wild Hogs.


In Wild Hogs we identified a subtext narrating the journey of the four horsemen of the apocalypse to the town of Madrid for a final battle between the forces of good and evil.

This film's Madrid is a fault line/battle zone, while the literal New Madrid fault line imminent catastrophe is being prepared for by FEMA.


The Beiderman fragment enters Earth's atmosphere.


The inbound Beiderman leaves the calling card of the elite.


The Beiderman impact causes massive devastation, but not extinction level. When the Wolf hits it will kill everyone else.

Prior to the above tsumani, the President told everyone to get to high ground. Sound advice:


The Denver Federal Center contains the largest concentration of federal agencies outside Washington D.C.


However, the Messiah crew comes up with a plan to fly the ship into the Wolf comet and set off the remaining nukes. A suicide mission to save humanity.


And it works.


During the reconstruction, President Beck gives a speech in which he continues to repeat the phrase "...but the waters receded." Given the film's ark theme/messiah complex, these words could be taken to mean that we beat God, we outlasted His wrath.

So on one hand we see a typical messiah complex theme disguised as a doom film, but on the other we find yet another node in a weird web of synchronicities:

1) January 8, 2011: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot in Tucson, Arizona.

2) January 25, 2011: Egyptian revolution begins.

3) January 26, 2011: Newsweek runs article titled "Return of the Challenger" regarding Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei's return to Egypt.

4) January 28, 2011: 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster.

5) February 4, 2011: NASA release: "NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly [Gifford's husband] Resumes Training For STS-134 Mission." The mission is to deliver an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the ISS.


6) Along with Deep Impact, another film getting a lot of attention lately is The Core--what with the birds and all; It begins with the space shuttle Endeavor crash landing due to electromagnetic disturbance. Co-pilot of the film's Endeavor is Major Rebecca "Beck" Childs. Recall that Tom Beck was the President in Deep Impact.


7) And then this. What the...?

4 comments:

Chris said...

Glad you're back! Hope everything works out for you. God blesd you and your efforts.

OJA said...

Thanks, Chris.

Dissident said...

Hey OJA,

I concur. We've been missing you. Glad that you're back and in good spirits.

Have you seen "Dinner with the Schmucks" ? That movie is chock full of evil metaphor a wicked symbolism. I await your analysis OJA.

Good to have you back.

OJA said...

Thanks, Diss. I haven't seen "Dinner..." yet but you've got me curious.