Movies & TV watched for The Enemy Within

My final post on this subject (by the way, the manuscript and photos arrived in fine shape. The Post Office deserves more credit for good work than it gets).
Left Behind (2000) and Left Behind: Tribulation Force (2002) are two extremely forgettable films based on the best-selling End Times Christian fiction series, which is based on author/preacher Tim LaHaye’s interpretation of Revelation (it is not, contrary to many statements in the media, a literal retelling). In the opening film, heroic reporter Kirk Cameron discovers a conspiracy by sinister businessmen to take over the UN and thereby gain control of the world food supply (don’t ask me how this makes sense—I’m pretty sure it doesn’t). Cameron discovers too late that in busting this conspiracy, he’s been used by the Antichrist as a tool for cementing his power as leader of the world.
In Tribulation Force, Cameron and his friends try to alert the world to the true nature of that noble leader, only to find out that nobody believes he could be a bad guy; they then begin work spiking the Antichrist’s guns despite his growing control of the economy and the media.
Neither movie is art; both qualify for my book since the Antichrist strikes me very much as a Satanic fifth columnist.
Coronet Blue.
This late-sixties series involves an amnesiac whose only clue to his identity—and why someone wants to murder him—is the code phrase “coronet blue.” Having read the producer’s explanation for this—the guy was a Soviet agent trained to pass perfectly as American, only to turn rogue and be shot by his own spy network, Coronet Blue—I thought it might earn a place in my book, but the fifth column aspects aren’t pronounced enough. However it’s an entertaining show with some familiar faces turning up (Juliet Mills, Candace Bergen, Jon Voight, David Carradine) and the wild credit sequence is worth watching for alone. Catchy theme songs are fun!
Needless to say this does qualify for my book. As Peter Knight puts it in Conspiracy Culture, X-Files was the perfect show for fin-de-siecle skepticism and cynicism, a series where there’s always some sort of conspiracy going on, and even if you’re wrong that a particular event is a conspiracy, some other event is. It fits perfectly with a time where people who believe Oswald killed Kennedy and 9/11 really was a terrorist attack (rather than a government conspiracy) get sneered at as sheeple accepting whatever they’re spoon-fed by the government.
As far as the show itself, I’ve never been a fan and still am not (if not for my friend Ross Bagby guiding me, I don’t know how I’d have found the key episodes to watch for the grand Conspiracy arc), but it wasn’t as unwatchable as I thought and sometimes really was entertaining.

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