April 16, 2010 2 Comments
In part one, we saw how the cold fusion “science” was also a veiled reference to the sexual tension felt between Val and Dr. Russell. Val is torn, but ends up stealing the formula. Tretiak comes after Val and won’t pay, but Val eludes and ends up in Russia as Tretiak’s doppleganger, tricking him into paying.
About to leave Russia, Val is apprehended, along with Dr. Russell (who had flown to track him down) by Tretiak’s controlled Moscow police. Together they escape and end up in the snowy streets of Moscow. Val falls in the frozen water and develops hypothermia. Hearkening back to “cold fusion,” Val almost freezes to death, and has to get frisky with Dr. Russell to restore the necessary “heat,” as they are hidden by a prostitute in a slum.
Frozen Val reveals his real name to be Simon the Magician, because he did “tricks.” The “priests took Agnes (lamb in Latin), and killed her.” Simon rejects religion based on sacrifice because he sees it as something that kills love/lust. Simon Templar, the magician, blames the Church for his problems and for killing his crush. They again escape, this time into the “underground” of Moscow, where they meet black market art dealers selling icons – particularly the “Icon of the Virgin of the Damned.” This scene perhaps signifies the underground gnostic and fraudulent elements within the Church (whether Catholic or Orthodox). As researcher Daniel Jones notes, “the Icon of the Damned recalls the breasts of Persephone as she has to nurture the babe Dionysius back to health, transitioning him from the ‘old man’ to the ‘new man,’ much the same as the reborn Horus rushes to Isis.” Read more of this post