The Hollywood Agenda

Wonderland

Wonderland

 

The Matrix Reloaded

If you want the Keymaker, follow me.

 

While in the underworld, the hero must face a series of difficult challenges (usually 3 in number) which he must pass before he can gain access to the treasure he seeks. Campbell calls this the “road of trials.” Here in the underworld, giant foes must be overcome, traps must be thwarted and dragons must be slain. Behind the dragon is the treasure, a room full of riches which many brave adventurers have fought and died to behold.

As it is the basis of much of the symbolism we see today, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) merits closer examination than other fantasy stories. Generally regarded as nonsensical by people who don’t understand it (which includes most literary critics), it is richly and deeply laden with esoteric symbolism. Much of it is useless to us, but knowing how the various stages of the monomyth tie together and what specific symbols are routinely employed, we can see why the Illuminati have chosen to make this the premier source for exoteric symbols in common use.

Alice’s trials are typical of what the hero must endure. She is asked several riddles which require her to access her forgotten memories (e.g., “Who are you?”) or solve unsolvable problems (e.g., “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”). Other trials include acquiring mastery over space (e.g., becoming the right size to fit through a keyhole or escape a house) and time (e.g., overcoming time’s “punishment” of being stuck at “tea time”). The trials culminate in the decision of which of 3 doors to take to escape her predicament—a decision which ultimately leads her into the clutches of the King and Queen of Hearts. In Alice in Wonderland (2010), her ultimate trial is to slay the Jabberwocky, a huge dragon-like beast, in an allusion to the oft-cited legend of St. George and the Dragon. (George is the patron saint of Carroll’s native England.)

Several of Carroll’s riddles are mathematical in nature. Carroll himself was a brilliant mathematician and held the post of mathematics lecturer at the prestigious Christ Church College, Oxford. It is not surprising, then, that the King and Queen of the story order Alice to be gone, invoking the numerologically paramount Rule 42 (“All persons more than a mile high to leave the court”). 42 was Carroll’s favorite number and he uses it several times in his works, including mathematically hidden ones in Through the Looking Glass (1871) and other references in The Hunting of the Snark (1874), which he wrote when he was 42 years old.

 

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The Matrix

I imagine that right now you’re feeling a bit like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole.

Resident Evil ApocalypseResident Evil Afterlife

My name is Alice.

The Social Network

This is Alice.

Hot Tub Time MachineHot Tub Time Machine

No, no, no. Just check it out, okay? Maybe she’s the key to something, and now the universe is giving me another crack at it.

The Social NetworkThe Social Network

Yeah, they’re literary geniuses because the world’s most obvious Lewis Carroll reference is in [these films].

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Alice in Wonderland.

Heroes Season 3, Episode 23

How many times have you read Alice in Wonderland?

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Labyrinth

V For Vendetta

A Boy and His DogA Boy and His Dog

I Am LegendI Am Legend

The world of medicine has seen its share of miracle cures, but all past achievements may pale in comparison
to the work of Dr. Alice Krippin.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Hello, Alice. Welcome to Wonderland.

 

Alice is universally regarded as having the keys to Wonderland. As soon as she lands at the bottom of the rabbit hole, she is already in the treasure room (discussed in the next section), and when she passes through the keyhole, she ventures through a stargate (discussed in chapter 6) to get to Wonderland. In fact, Alice is the key, now that she has been substituted for the Red Queen in contemporary use (discussed in chapter 5). That being said, it is not uncommon to see the name of Alice associated with the Eye of Providence.

 

 

[A.L.I.C.E. Artificial Intelligence Foundation]

 

 

 

We will have more to say about this later. For now, to demonstrate the connections between Alice and the keys of knowledge, it suffices to point out the subliminal references to the Galactic Center that one sees in Alicia Keys’ music videos, for instance:

 

[Alicia Keys - Doesn’t Mean Anything]

[42 St - Grand Central]

 

Most of the uses of the motifs from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland involve the protagonist following the white rabbit down the rabbit hole. Once she is in Wonderland, however, Alice’s memory and concentration skills are tested by a blue caterpillar. The caterpillar theme comes up in instances when the Alice character needs to navigate the underground world, because in the original story she needs to ask the caterpillar for directions.

 

Ghostbusters

Alice, I’ll ask you a couple of standard questions, ok?

LabyrinthLabyrinth

No, thank you. I have to solve this labyrinth.

 

The white rabbit motif is by far the most common one employed in these films. The white rabbit is “late for an important date” (a tea party), so we see the people (always women) who represent the same concept as always “late” for something, normally some sort of Masonic meeting or, as an inside joke in Hollywood, a clandestine gathering of conspirators.

 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Am I late?

SkylineStranger Than Fiction

-I am late.
-I’m just late.

The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusThe Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

-I’m running late.
-Oh, late, late, for a very important date. Gosh, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that in my life.

 

The scene of the tea party in The Last Mimzy (2007) hints at what each incarnation of Alice in Wonderland doesn’t, which is that this “date” is an astronomical alignment:

 

Alice In Wonderland (1951)Alice In Wonderland (1951)

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Because I like astronomy.

 

This alignment has more to do with astrology than it does astronomy. The white rabbit represents Lepus, of course, but it is not the only white animal which is used to convey the same meaning, nor is it the origin of the motif. The origin is in the cultural symbol of the white stag (sometimes also depicted as a wolf) from Celtic and Hungarian myth, which features prominently as Harry’s guide to the magical sword of Gryffindor in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010).

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

-But this … this means something.
-But what does it mean?

 

Other magical items also have astrological as well as historical significance, including the Deathly Hallows themselves.

 

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-You mean this?
-What we’ve wondered is, what is it?

Transformers: Revenge of the FallenTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen

For what do we know about the stars? Virgo [Isis, Venus], the Virgin …

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Orion [Osiris], the Hunter … these are no mere twinkling diamonds for lovely maidens to wish upon.

 

The white stag is portrayed as a mystical animal which acts as a messenger from the netherworld in Indo-European cultures. Its hunt (to be read: ‘chase’) represents the spiritual quest of mankind. It leads the Pevensies out of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) and it leads the Huns to their Promised Land in Kate Seredy’s The White Stag (1938), a story based on the popular Hungarian legend of the Scythian hunters Hunor and Magor. More recently it appears in The Secret of Moonacre (2008) as a horse. Moonacre is based on Elizabeth Goudge’s The Little White Horse (1946) and was filmed in Hungary.

 

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In the library, you’ll find a slim volume: Secret Doors and Private Lockers.

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Perhaps a piece of stargazer pie for your study?

 

In this movie, Lizzie (Dakota Blue Richards) sees the horse incidentally when she is looking for her dog named Wolf, and the horse leads her to the underground entrance (the rabbit hole).

 

The Secret of MoonacreThe Secret of Moonacre

Wolf?

The Secret of MoonacreThe Secret of Moonacre

This is the place!

 

The same theme appears in X2 (2003) when Logan returns to Alkali Lake in an attempt to recover his lost memories and encounters a white wolf:

 

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Then there is the stag which we have already mentioned from Harry Potter:

 

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The reason there are no less than 4 different animals used to portray the same thing (not to mention a fair-skinned and sometimes white-haired woman) is that there is no stag in the Western zodiac. Lepus (‘hare’) is very similar in name to lupus (‘wolf’), but neither is the closest to the original archetype because both are based on a modern reading of the constellations, if not on the Lewis Carroll story. The influence of the stag comes from the Norse and Celto-Nordic influences on Western mythology. This too is a perversion of the original unicorn motif, as the Norse culture gradually forgot the origin of the unicorn over time because there are no rhinoceroses in Northern Europe. (In English, the words ‘unicorn’ and ‘bicorn’ were originally meant to distinguish between types of rhinoceroses, as evidenced in the King James Version of the Bible. Since that time the original meaning has become lost, and we now think of unicorns as fantastical creatures rather than anything that is known to exist in nature.)

To the casual eye it may seem that Orion is the hunter in this myth (i.e., the protagonist who follows the white unicorn into the abyss) because of Orion’s proximity to Monoceros. However, Orion has his club raised against Taurus. His intent is to wound or kill the bicorn rather than give the unicorn chase. The hunter which chases Monoceros from far across the sky is Sagittarius. (Contrary to popular belief, Orion is not a hunter but a warrior. The bow of Sagittarius, on the other hand, which points to the Galactic Center near the arrow’s tip, shows him to be a hunter, but he is not actually trying to kill the unicorn; he is merely engaged in pursuit.) So Canis Major hunts Lepus and Sagittarius chases Monoceros. Meanwhile, Monoceros points to Orion, from which we may infer that the unicorn’s horn (a symbol of power) points to the Orion Nebula (M42) and therefore shadows the position of Sagittarius in relation to the Galactic Center. Nor is this an entirely original conclusion, as many competent scholars have concluded that Sirius points to something, though exactly what it points to is still a subject of controversy.

 

 

 

As most stories are based on interactions between people, and even Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is based on interactions between anthropomorphized animals (as are most animated films), we are not likely to see a white rabbit or any other kind of animal leading anyone to Wonderland. What we will see, however, is a woman with white hair, a white dress, or a tattoo of a white rabbit, etc. Sometimes it’s just a woman, and her fair skin is enough to classify her as pure, as the unicorn and the white stag are considered the purest and noblest of the beasts of Northern European culture.

 

Heroes Season 3, Episode 4Heroes Season 3, Episode 5

You’re late.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

There she is! Come here, gorgeous! Come here!

The MatrixThe Matrix
The Matrix

-You’re two hours late.
-I know. It’s her fault.
-“Follow the white rabbit …”

 

In Inception (2010), the white rabbit is characterized by Mallorie “Mal” (‘Evil’) Cobb (played by Marion Cotillard), the deceased wife of Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) who tries, to no avail, to convince him that he must follow her to the world of their deeply subconscious lucid dreams, having concluded that it is the real world:

 

Inception

You know how to find me.

 

In Labyrinth (1986), a troll woman uses several toys to try to cajole the young Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) into staying where she is. Among these is a white rabbit which gets special attention. Notice also the chess board which features very prominently in Through the Looking Glass:

 

Labyrinth

Your little bunny rabbit. You like your rabbit, right?

The Last MimzyThe Last Mimzy

-With the white rabbit?
-Yeah.
-White rabbit, just like in the book.

The Last MimzyThe Last Mimzy

-She came here to find me. I don’t know why.

The Last MimzyThe Last Mimzy

-You know, he was the one who was always late.
-Noah thinks she’s from outer space.

HackersHackers

-A rabbit’s in the system.
-A rabbit replicates till it overloads a file, then spreads like cancer.

The Secret of MoonacreThe Secret of Moonacre

But look at it! Look at it!

The Secret of MoonacreThe Secret of Moonacre

The Secret of MoonacreThe Secret of Moonacre

Can’t you see? There, look!

The Secret of MoonacreThe Secret of Moonacre

She’s showing us. She took the pearls [of wisdom].

The Secret of MoonacreThe Secret of Moonacre

-Are you telling us that the Moon Princess [the Holy Spirit] herself took the moon pearls?
-Yes. Yes, and she’s showing me where she hid them.

The Secret of MoonacreThe Secret of Moonacre

Don’t you see? She’s showing us the way.

 

Once the hero gets to the belly of the whale and understands what he must do and what kinds of ominous threats await him, a final, unretractable decision must be made. Will he, fearing the unknown that lies before him, turn around and “wake up” again to the real world? Or will he tumble down the rabbit hole and meet whatever unforeseen circumstances he is confronted with? Of course, if he didn’t choose the latter, then he wouldn’t be the hero of the monomyth.

 

The MatrixThe Matrix

This is your last chance. … You take the red pill,

The MatrixThe Matrix

you stay in Wonderland, and I show you just how deep the rabbit hole really goes.

The Time MachineThe Time Machine

Here it is.

Under the MountainUnder the Mountain

-Are they gone?
-Yeah, down that hole. … Where does this go?

Under the Mountain

Astro BoyAstro Boy

-So what are you doing down here?
-I don’t know, looking for something, I guess, somewhere.

Astro BoyAstro Boy

This hole looks pretty deep.

Bill and Ted’s Bogus JourneyHeroes Season 3, Episode 25

-This is a totally deep hole.
-That’ll just send him down a rabbit hole. Then Sylar [Gabriel Gray] can become a rabbit.

Blade IIBlade II

They’ll take us in deeper than we’ve ever been … get a chance to see how their world really ticks.

Blade IIBlade II

-What exactly are we looking for in here?
-Anything that looks suspicious.

LabyrinthLabyrinth

Since I am pointed that way, I guess I’ll go down.

V (1983 miniseries)I, Robot

Alex Rider: Operation StormbreakerAlex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker

The MummyThe Mummy

Live Free or Die HardMission Impossible III

Race to Witch MountainDoom

Lara Croft: Tomb RaiderLara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Pitch BlackThe Chronicles of Riddick

The Secret of MoonacreThe Secret of Moonacre

You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice

 

 

The perilous underground labyrinth is described in some action-horror films like Blade (1998) and the Alice in Wonderland-inspired Resident Evil (2002). Blade: Trinity (2004) makes it a Sumerian ziggurat and the resting place of Draco. In Resident Evil it is called the Hive, a secret facility where the genetically engineered apocalyptic T-virus is cultured. In both film series, the hero must access a schematic in order to get to the inner chamber and stop the threat from being unleashed on the world.

 

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Resident EvilResident Evil

The mansion, where we found you and gained access to the train which, in turn, brought us to the Hive.

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The Hive is located underground—a secret research facility owned and operated

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by the Umbrella Corporation. Their research is of the highest importance.

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Its nature is classified.
[Red Queen Chamber]

 

Just to reiterate what we’ve already covered, their intent with showing you all this is not altruistic, or even benign. Only the hero can brave the trials of the underground world of wonder, but that doesn’t mean they can’t follow. The hero is the bait, the guinea pig needed to spring the booby traps.

In the real world it is the Zionists in Israel who are the bait. The Jewish occupation of Israel is a carefully orchestrated Illuminati ploy aimed at gaining control of the Temple Mount, which includes removing them from power and getting rid of them once and for all in order to establish Jerusalem as the “mother-city of the world.” It’s not like the Illuminati of Europe and North America actually believe the Jews are the chosen people. They know all too well that the Bible predicts the downfall of political Zionism, which is to them just a stepping stone to the New World Order. The religious hype is only intended to drum up support from the Christian base in North America, and ultimately to establish their enemies in Palestine so that they can wipe them out in one fell swoop and steal what belongs to them (a device which can be used as a powerful weapon, or, when applied to the Temple Mount, create an inter-dimensional rift).

This is echoed again and again in the monomyth. Once the hero is in, the villains come out of the woodwork and set up their evil enterprise. Or perhaps they were already there, waiting. Either way, the hero’s quest is far from over when he steps across the last threshold into the inner chamber. The peril has just become more perilous.

 

JumperJumper

By bringing her [Alice] down here, they can follow you. They have a machine. It can open wormholes and keep them open.