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Preston becomes a Sense Offender: Apotheosis

The unplugged week is over, but I still need time to get things done and prepare for spinal cord stimulator therapy.  Please continue to enjoy these posts (even if you’ve read this before).

Preston is so grief-stricken in public that Brandt arrests him for sense offense, first publicly shaming him to the masses before bringing him to Vice-Counsel Dupont.  In a clever turnaround, however, he leads Dupont to believe that Brandt was guilty of all his crimes, including the murder of the Sweeps in the Nether (see Preston further embraces emotion: Belly of the Whale).  Brandt is hauled off, presumably to meet judgement and execution by incineration.

Dupont informs Preston that while Brandt is guilty, his home must be searched according to the law.  Racing home, Preston goes to check the mirror of the bathroom where he had been hiding the Prozium, and discovers his son with the vials, apparently implying it wasn’t a very good hiding place.  Preston asks him, “How long?”, suspecting that somehow his son had ceased the dose and had hidden it better, even from him.  Robbie reveals that he and his sister had done so since their mother did.  Preston’s next question, “How did you know?” leads Robbie to utter a familiar refrain that Preston and Brandt had each uttered: “It’s my job to know what you’re thinking.”

“Then you know what I’m going to do now,” Preston replies, and his son nods, which leads to our next post concerning Atonement with the Father.

HeroesjourneyRebirthTransformationNEXT POST IN THE SERIES: Preston meets with Father: Beginning of the Return

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Preston grapples with emotion: Crossing of the Threshold

Cimmy, myself, and the kids are observing an unplugged week, so it’s time for a week+ of reruns. Also, I’ve been in horrid pain, so creating new posts is tough. Please enjoy (even if you’ve read this before).

In the preceding posts of this series, I established that Preston’s son Robbie is the Guardian of the Threshold, and Mary O’ Brien is its guide.  He came to them by way of a dream of his wife, who had been executed for sense offense.

John Preston goes through a second dream and awakening, after looking over his sleeping children and examining a vial of Prozium from his injection gun, musing on the significance.  The dream sequence now is Preston witnessing his dead partner, Partridge, being incinerated, while remembering Mary O’Brien saying: “Without love, breath is just a clock ticking.”

Preston awakes to find there is beauty hidden behind his wrapped window: a rainbow of colors from a sunrise, refracted through the rain.  I think the scene has deeper implications; although the Tetragrammaton Council suppresses content made by humans, it is unable to suppress the beauty of nature, and Preston realizes he can tear away the facade.

Crossing of the Threshold

Crossing of the Threshold

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: Preston further embraces emotion: Belly of the Whale

 

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John Preston’s son Robbie: Guardian at the Threshold

Cimmy, myself, and the kids are observing an unplugged week, so it’s time for a week+ of reruns. Also, I’ve been in horrid pain, so creating new posts is tough. Please enjoy (even if you’ve read this before).

Many thanks to my wife, Cimmorene, for pointing this detail out to me.

“What are you doing?”

In Dreams and a Lack of Prozium: Supernatural Aid, a dream jars John Preston from his usual routine.  This is the question his son, Robbie (Matthew Harbour), asks him after the vial of Prozium smashes on the floor.  Preston is silent, almost in a daze.

It should be noted that Robbie was markedly shown in Preston’s dream, looking on as Viviana was handcuffed and taken away.

“I said, what are you doing?”

Robbie confronts his father. Still as seen on the Equilibrium fansite.

When Preston explains that the incident was an accident, Robbie instructs him to go by Equilibrium (one of the Prozium centers) and log the loss. It is hinted by now that Robbie is training to be a Tetragrammaton Cleric (especially as he is shown in a much earlier scene amongst the masses). It is not clear, however, how he is a guardian to the Threshold, but this will be explained later.

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: John Preston Meets Mary O’Brien: Guide and Goddess

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Dreams and a Lack of Prozium: Supernatural Aid

Cimmy, myself, and the kids are observing an unplugged week, so it’s time for a week+ of reruns. Also, I’ve been in horrid pain, so creating new posts is tough. Please enjoy (even if you’ve read this before).

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.

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: John Preston’s son Robbie: Guardian at the Threshold

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Preston becomes a Sense Offender: Apotheosis

Preston is so grief-stricken in public that Brandt arrests him for sense offense, first publicly shaming him to the masses before bringing him to Vice-Counsel Dupont.  In a clever turnaround, however, he leads Dupont to believe that Brandt was guilty of all his crimes, including the murder of the Sweeps in the Nether (see Preston further embraces emotion: Belly of the Whale).  Brandt is hauled off, presumably to meet judgement and execution by incineration.

Dupont informs Preston that while Brandt is guilty, his home must be searched according to the law.  Racing home, Preston goes to check the mirror of the bathroom where he had been hiding the Prozium, and discovers his son with the vials, apparently implying it wasn’t a very good hiding place.  Preston asks him, “How long?”, suspecting that somehow his son had ceased the dose and had hidden it better, even from him.  Robbie reveals that he and his sister had done so since their mother did.  Preston’s next question, “How did you know?” leads Robbie to utter a familiar refrain that Preston and Brandt had each uttered: “It’s my job to know what you’re thinking.”

“Then you know what I’m going to do now,” Preston replies, and his son nods, which leads to our next post concerning Atonement with the Father.

HeroesjourneyRebirthTransformationNEXT POST IN THE SERIES: Preston meets with Father: Beginning of the Return


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Preston grapples with emotion: Crossing of the Threshold

In the preceding posts of this series, I established that Preston’s son Robbie is the Guardian of the Threshold, and Mary O’ Brien is its guide.  He came to them by way of a dream of his wife, who had been executed for sense offense.

John Preston goes through a second dream and awakening, after looking over his sleeping children and examining a vial of Prozium from his injection gun, musing on the significance.  The dream sequence now is Preston witnessing his dead partner, Partridge, being incinerated, while remembering Mary O’Brien saying: “Without love, breath is just a clock ticking.”

Preston awakes to find there is beauty hidden behind his wrapped window: a rainbow of colors from a sunrise, refracted through the rain.  I think the scene has deeper implications; although the Tetragrammaton Council suppresses content made by humans, it is unable to suppress the beauty of nature, and Preston realizes he can tear away the facade.

Crossing of the Threshold

Crossing of the Threshold

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: Preston further embraces emotion: Belly of the Whale


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John Preston’s son Robbie: Guardian at the Threshold

Many thanks to my wife, Cimmorene, for pointing this detail out to me.

“What are you doing?”

In Dreams and a Lack of Prozium: Supernatural Aid, a dream jars John Preston from his usual routine.  This is the question his son, Robbie (Matthew Harbour), asks him after the vial of Prozium smashes on the floor.  Preston is silent, almost in a daze.

It should be noted that Robbie was markedly shown in Preston’s dream, looking on as Viviana was handcuffed and taken away.

“I said, what are you doing?”

Robbie confronts his father. Still as seen on the Equilibrium fansite.

When Preston explains that the incident was an accident, Robbie instructs him to go by Equilibrium (one of the Prozium centers) and log the loss. It is hinted by now that Robbie is training to be a Tetragrammaton Cleric (especially as he is shown in a much earlier scene amongst the masses). It is not clear, however, how he is a guardian to the Threshold, but this will be explained later.

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: John Preston Meets Mary O’Brien: Guide and Goddess