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Preston and the Resistance destroy the old order: Freedom to Live

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 them before).

Freedom to live could also be summed up as living in the moment.  Such as it is with the ending of Equilibrium.  There is no hint of the future, nor is there any allusion to the past (besides the age of Libria being after a World War III sometime in our current future).  There is only an expression of the enjoyment of freedom.

First, Preston destroys the propaganda machines. It is notable that he places some of the blood he spilled (that remains on him) on the image of Father before blasting the screen (symbolically sealing Father’s end), and then shooting all the other terminals from the propaganda center and emerging to another “T” shaped doorway to meet the mid-day sun.

Explosions fire in the distance, signaling the Resistance have fulfilled their mission as Jurgen promised: bombs detonated in each of the Prozium centers.

There is a cut to Robbie at Clerical school, Jurgen and the Resistance leaders at the incinerator, and Lisa (Preston’s daughter), who hear the noise of the blasts and each smile in turn. We see the dog that Preston rescued, licking Lisa’s hand.

Other Resistance members emerge from the Underground, killing Sweeps en masse.

The next scenes cut back to Preston surveying the scene, still clutching Mary O’Brien’s ribbon, and a smile slowly spreading across his face.

Preston clutching and stroking Mary O’Brien’s ribbon, that still carries her perfume

 

A reminder that Preston is Master of Two Worlds: emotionless Tetragrammaton Cleric and empathetic Champion of the Resistance

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Partridge forsakes his training: John Preston’s Call to Adventure

Today Cimmy, myself, and the kids are starting 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).

Flag of Libria. The four Ts represent the Tetragrammaton Council

In Libria, emotion is outlawed.  The Tetragrammaton Clerics are the elite arm of its law enforcement, tasked with tracking down any materials likely to incite emotion to destroy them, and to terminate “sense offenders”, that is, any citizens that have broken the law by feeling emotion.

Partridge quotes from “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” before Preston executes him: “But I being poor, have only my dreams/I have spread my dreams under your feet/Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” This quote will have significance at the climax of the film.

John Preston (Christian Bale) is Libria’s highest ranking Grammaton Cleric.  His Call to Adventure comes when he discovers that his partner, Errol Partridge (Sean Bean), has confiscated a book of poems under false pretenses.  Tracking him to a ruined cathedral in the Nethers (an area of cities destroyed by a Third World War), he finds him reading the book, and unapologetically so.  As Partridge is now guilty of sense offending, Preston executes him.

The event seems to shake Preston from a proscribed routine just enough that he accidentally breaks a vial of his morning dose of Prozium, and he begins to feel emotions.

The Call to Adventure

The Call to Adventure

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