Update! See below, in regard to “umbrella” (in relation as well to John Steed’s trademark umbrella).
It’s been a while since I did a really juicy tinfoil top hat write-up, and the 1998 film The Avengers is a just such a romp, in terms of filmwise conspiriana. Upon first viewing, I noticed a few esoteric elements, and upon second viewing, I noticed quite a few more. The film was a financial and critical flop, yet the plot is not as absurd as it seems, prima facia. The cinematography and art direction are top-notch, but eventually it fizzles into standard late 90s apocalyptic CGI corn syrup eye candy. I suspect a lot of people failed to understand that the original series and the remake are a parody of the 60s spy genre, and not to be taken too seriously.
However, as will be shown, the plot is anything but a parody, but instead a cloaking of some of the more unbelievable, yet real elements of conspiracy lore. In fact, the film is notorious for “razzies,” but in all honesty, it isn’t that bad.The intro begins with different weather systems and what appears to be various energy wave patterns “beamed” at the ionosphere. Then, following these images is a blood-red moon, looking somewhat like Mars. This makes sense, since Mars is the god of war, and the film will be be about the very real subject of weaponized weather. The blood moon is also a biblical apocalyptic image, and the moon governs the weather patterns of the tides, clueing the viewer into the tone to come.View the intro. here, with the blood/Mars/moon visible at 2:26.
Ralph Fiennes’ character John Steed is similar to James Bond: he is a cultured gentleman that works for British Intelligence. In fact, he even hangs out in Boodle’s: the same club that Ian Fleming, the James Bond creator and author, favored. The head of the Ministry of Defence apears to be a bumbling man named “Mother,” which hearkens to “M,” 007’s famed boss. “M,” many believe based on Anthony Master’s biography, was at least in part derived from controversial British Agent and occultist, Maxwell Knight. In The Avengers, “Mother” is a bumbling crippled man, who works as a front for “Father,” pictured as a manly woman operating as the real head of Secret Intelligence. Judging by the timing of the film, this could possibly have reference to then head of MI5, Stella Rimington.
Rimington’s novels are said to be “insiders” espionage, and certainly this film is a presentation of a host of conspiriana that, in 1998, were only apparent to “insiders.”Uma Thurman’s character Emma Peel has worked secretly for a weather warfare program that has been hijacked by a double that appears to be her. The head of the project is the eccentric former head of British Intelligence and black ops, Sir August de Wynter, a Scottish lord-type played by Connery, who lives a reclusive existence in his palace (And of course Connery played Bond, adding to the synchro-mystic associations).
The name of the program is “Prospero,” which naturally calls to mind Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Connery functions like the character Prospero as a kind of Masonic magician, using instead his scientific prowess to create what is essentially a HAARP/weather warfare operation. Keep in mind that although weather warfare was known to some military personnel, and although it had been written about by Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1973 in Between Two Ages, the public was utterly oblivious to such a thing in 1998. The public is still oblivious to such a notion on the whole, yet much internet conspiracy lore speculates about HAARP and weather warfare. As you can see, the VLF Group which is the basis for HAARP is undeniably real, and does more or less what de Wynter describes.
“In addition… future developments may well include automated or manned space warships, deep-sea installations, chemical and biological weapons, death rays, and still other forms of warfare–even the weather may be tampered with….In addition, it may be possible–and tempting–to exploit for strategic-political purposes the fruits of research on the brain and on human behavior. Gordon J. F. MacDonald, a geophysicist specializing in problems of warfare, has written that timed artificially excited electronic strokes could lead to a pattern of oscillations that produce relatively high power levels over certain regions of the earth…. In this way, one could develop a system that would seriously impair the brain performance of very large populations in selected regions over an extended period…. No matter how deeply disturbing the thought of using the environment to manipulate behavior for national advantages to some, the technology permitting such use will very probably develop within the next few decades….techniques for conducting secret warfare.” (footnote page 57, Between Two Ages)
“As one specialist noted, ‘By the year 2018, technology will make available to the leaders of the major nations, a variety of techniques for conducting secret warfare, of which only a bare minimum of the security forces need be appraised. One nation may attack a competitor covertly by bacteriological means, thoroughly weakening the population (though with a minimum of fatalities) before taking over with its own armed forces. Alternatively, techniques of weather modification could be employed to produce prolonged periods of drought or storm….(Gordon J. F. MacDonald, “Space,” in Toward the year 2018, p.34). ” (Ibid.)
The program, de Wynter informs us, involves microtransmissions that alter weather patterns, “bombarding” the precise ratio of protons to ions, resulting in manufactured natural disasters. After it has been explained, the viewer briefly sees, however, a TV news story running that says British weather is being tampered with “by aliens.” Note that de Wynter/British Intelligence uses fake news and propaganda to cloak the real scientific weather manipulation. I wonder if this might be part of the massive alien propaganda we see in the mainstream news–a false conspiracy theory the lamestream media has given its stamp of approval (even though it simultaneously still says there are no conspiracies and only kooks talk about it).
It should be mentioned as well that “Father” suspects Emma Peel of being a split personality assassin, having been brainwashed through trauma. This is essentially the same as the MKULTRA program, which was developed to create the perfect assassin who could not be tortured into spilling the beans. The program was reportedly shut down (wink, wink) and Bill Clinton said he was sorry for it. While John Steed does see two Emma Peels, when de Wynter’s palace is first shown, the viewer sees a painting of Emma. This gives us the impression that de Wynter has been involved with Peel since they formed the weather warfare. This means he has been subjecting her to mind control, and when he later captures her, she is shown being put under mind control to be an assassin and sex slave! Double the pleasure! Double the pun! I’d take a sex-zombie Uma Thurman.
As a side note, the building John Steed is shown driving past and into is none other than the Old Royal Naval College, which was featured in the 2001 film Tomb Raider as the meeting hall of the British “Illuminati.”
As the plot thickens, Sir August has been meeting with “Father” all along, going back to their forays into genetic manipulation decades earlier. “Father” is in on the weather warfare takeover that threatens to engulf the world and lead to the death of hundreds of millions. de Wynter is on a power trip, just as the pretend king character he plays in The Man Who Would Be King was. Sir August is also a Scottish lord for a reason, denoting Scottish Rite Masonry’s influence.
An elderly woman who is an agent later informs Emma that she is a Gemini (the twins!), and that is the reason she sees double. Emma has been brainwashed and her personality split, as the traileritself even shows. The elderly woman is named “Alice,” which is of course a reference to Alice in Wonderland, a prominent reference in espionage and mind control operations. Note too that when Emma wakes up from her brainwashing, she is trapped in the mansion and runs in seemingly endless passageways that resemble M.C. Escher drawings. This calls to mind Carl Jung, whose psychoanalysis dealt with such disorders as split personality, and often used mirror symbolism to denote the split self. It is significant that Emma Peel breaks the conditioning by breaking the mirror, thereby escaping the mansion-maze. The shattered mirror can also represent the shattered or split psyche.
In conclusion, while the film was a flop and is universally hated, it is actually worthy of much more attention, given the openness of information on the net and the prevalence of actual weather warfare, which is openly admitted to exist. As I’ve cited before, the U.S. Department of Defense’s own website admits the following:
The Department of Defense has on its own website the former Secretary of Defense, William Cohen, speaking candidly about these matters back in 1997:
“But as we’ve learned in the intelligence community, we had something called — and we have James Woolsey here to perhaps even address this question about phantom moles. The mere fear that there is a mole within an agency can set off a chain reaction and a hunt for that particular mole which can paralyze the agency for weeks and months and years even, in a search. The same thing is true about just the false scare of a threat of using some kind of a chemical weapon or a biological one. There are some reports, for example, that some countries have been trying to construct something like an Ebola Virus, and that would be a very dangerous phenomenon, to say the least. Alvin Toeffler has written about this in terms of some scientists in their laboratories trying to devise certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic specific so that they could just eliminate certain ethnic groups and races; and others are designing some sort of engineering, some sort of insects that can destroy specific crops. Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.” (Source)
Update: The actual weather.com video about the umbrella program, just as it was presented and titled in The Avengers.