Analysis of Dark City

Podrag told me to watch this several times and I finally got around to it earlier this year. Something finally clicked on Tuesday and it all made sense: the key is that the memory-swapping is about reincarnation. If you aren’t familiar with the movie you’ll have to read the plot synopsis (spoilers ahead).

Here’s the esoteric cipher:

-The Strangers are the celestial bodies/gods which imprint souls into human bodies. They are using humans as a science experiment to determine the nature of will, fate, and consciousness, in the hope of saving themselves from extinction (the deterministic cosmos being fated to entropy/disorder/chaos/unbeing).

-Murdoch is the awakened superman (woke AF tbh fam) who exerts his will on the world (“attuning” it to himself) and resists fate (the celestial plan).

-The dead woman is Murdoch’s original sin and Shell Beach is his vision of utopia.

-Dr. Schreber is the elite hermeticist illuminarty, retaining his consciousness from night-to-night (i.e. over generations) in order to better serve the gods.

-The perpetual night, itself, is the ignorance/entropy/decay that accumulates in the absence of sunlight, which is illumination/syntropy/order (i.e. Luciferianism).

So…pretty basic bitch anti-Christian stuff, unfortunately (Mr. Book = Jehovah = Bible and rules = “I hate you Dad!” lel). Fun to watch though.

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24 Responses to Analysis of Dark City

    • *Throws slurpee at the Rodeo Clown from the bleachers*

      • Personally I think you’re being presumptuous about the ‘anti-Christian’ aspect. Spiritual illumination is not necessarily tied to good or evil. For me the movie was about extracting myself from a fake superimposed reality and hypnotic suggestion and really facing down the true reality: our Edenic roots, our pure nature.

        Shell Beach, for me, relates to William Blake’s allusion to the ‘Mundane Shell’ which is a Satanic feminine force captivating us through industry and perception management. For me it also relates to Solomon’s Seal, Saturn and witchcraft. And then also the cataclysm that happened in the solar system to turn Saturn and the Moon into radio mast for bad vibes.

        For me the Strangers are the snake melon Satanists who have no soul of their own so they need to feed on mankind’s loosh. And Murdoch, the super MT, awakens to realise the full creative potential of the truth of who he is, that he is the true inheritor of this Earth.

        Anyway. I should really just throw slurpies at you and not bother explaining myself.

        • Aeoli Pera says:

          >Personally I think you’re being presumptuous about the ‘anti-Christian’ aspect. Spiritual illumination is not necessarily tied to good or evil. For me the movie was about extracting myself from a fake superimposed reality and hypnotic suggestion and really facing down the true reality: our Edenic roots, our pure nature.

          Luciferianism is quite literally anti-Christian. It’s multifaceted and stands apart from Christianity (which is the whole point), but its motive force is revolution against the creator.

          >Shell Beach, for me, relates to William Blake’s allusion to the ‘Mundane Shell’ which is a Satanic feminine force captivating us through industry and perception management. For me it also relates to Solomon’s Seal, Saturn and witchcraft. And then also the cataclysm that happened in the solar system to turn Saturn and the Moon into radio mast for bad vibes.

          Thank you for this, you just explained the plot of Final Fantasy 8. That one was proving quite elusive (which just makes sense, dunnit?).

          >For me the Strangers are the snake melon Satanists who have no soul of their own so they need to feed on mankind’s loosh.

          The main difference between Vejiortan and me is in describing who these people serve. I say they serve Satan, and Vejiortan says Yahweh is Satan.

          >And Murdoch, the super MT, awakens to realise the full creative potential of the truth of who he is, that he is the true inheritor of this Earth.

          Pure hubris, but Koanic already knows I think that.

          >Anyway. I should really just throw slurpies at you and not bother explaining myself.

          You haven’t quite killed the rodeo clown inside you.

          • Brilliand says:

            “its motive force is revolution against the creator” – revolution against one who *falsely claims* to be the Creator. I at least do not hold the views “this person is the Creator” and “this person is evil” at the same time.

            “Vejiortan says Yahweh is Satan” – Really? I thought that was just me.

          • Brilliand says:

            “The main difference between Vejiortan and me is in describing who these people serve. I say they serve Satan, and Vejiortan says Yahweh is Satan.” – Notably, if Yahweh is Satan, those who feed on suffering still serve Satan. That phrasing is still true under either worldview.

          • Koanic says:

            > Pure hubris, but Koanic already knows I think that.

            Being “MT” doesn’t affect my plans any more than does my Myers-Brigg personality type. They are both imaginary.

      • Aeoli Pera says:

        *Deflects with mindwaves #woke.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      It’s not my fault every entertainment project with a budget over $1,000 is Luciferian, you can blame the Last Men for that.

      • Lizard King says:

        :( It’s everywhere.

        It’s like that one part in the Bible when Elijah kills all those prophets of Baal and then goes and hides because he thinks he’s the last good dude left alive. And then God is all like “Elijah, there’s still 7000 other dudes left who haven’t worshiped Baal. You’re being silly. Go kick some ass instead of pouting.”

        :)

  1. Every week you sound more and more like Heaviside defending Stalinism. It’s brilliant.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Is…that a compliment? I don’t think Stalin and I would agree on much.

      • It is. It shows conviction of character and ability to hold frame. You even made me question myself for about 30 seconds. It’s good stuff.

        • I don’t consider myself to be a Satanist by the way. But I do recognise Satanic influence and, like you, seek to understand the mechanics of it. But also, like you, I believe in an equally powerful force whose physical manifestation goes largely unseen: the force of compassion, mutual respect, forgiveness, understanding and love in the face of sheer dread, existential horror and panic. That is the teach of Jesus Christ for me, who is a manifestation of Chenrezig. Christianity stops me descending into hedonism and sadism.

          For me Dark City explains how I came into the light. i was born into darkness. So maybe I understand things from a point of darkness. But I don’t believe that my obsession with this film makes me a Luciferian, but at the same time I respect your interpretation.

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