I was going to gloss over the step of Supernatural Aid. This film is part science fiction, action, and thriller, in a dystopian world, which is not typical for other modern examples of the Monomyth so frequently cited by others.
But I remembered from the DVD commentary that Kurt Wimmer himself said that Sean Bean (as Errol Partridge) had some of the best lines in the film, a scene referenced in my previous post, Partridge forsakes his training: John Preston’s Call to Adventure.
Besides quoting the poem “He Wishes for The Cloths of Heaven”, Partridge says, “You always knew,” and asks “I assume you dream, Preston?”
These words set up the next scene, which IS a dream, is a memory of John’s wife, Viviana (Maria Pia Calzone). It is a rude awakening, as his home is raided and she is arrested, on the charge of sense offense. This dream, after a fashion, is the Supernatural Aid.
Immediately after the dream, Preston awakes (highlighted by a memory of one of Father’s broadcasted speeches: “Libria, awake”) and visibly realizes that the separate bed his wife had slept in is empty (we learn later that she was executed by incineration).
Preston goes to splash cold water on his face and take his morning interval of Prozium. Without thinking, he takes out the vial for that interval from the injection gun (Prozium is administered at the neck) and places it on the counter, which he accidentally knocks over and smashes on the floor, as he sets down the towel he dried his face with.
These events trigger the Threshold, and introduce its guardians and guides, which will be explored in the next post.