No great thing is created suddenly.
― Stephen King, “Doctor Sleep”
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It occurs to me that I have yet to talk about the upcoming Doctor Sleep movie—which, per the recent trailer, seems to be an “official” sequel to the 1980 movie The Shining. I’ve just discussed another Kubrick-less sequel to a classic Stanley Kubrick film—2010: The Year We Make Contact—so why not say a few words about Doctor Sleep?
Well…it’s all sort of a “ritual,” isn’t it? These sequels and remakes. But the whole movie The Shining, if the documentary Room 237 is to be believed (read my in-depth analysis here), was sort of a ritual. So what is Doctor Sleep, then? A ritual of a ritual, perhaps?
From here we can use the concept popularized by synchromysticism pioneer Jake Kotze regarding certain individuals that he considers “resonators.” Actors prove to be excellent resonators—often playing the same types of roles in different films, “attracting” the same types of motifs and archetypal iconography.
Let’s apply this “resonator” concept to Ewan McGregor. In Doctor Sleep, he portrays a grown-up Danny Torrance—ex-alcoholic (though is anybody really truly an ex-alcoholic???) and talented psychic.
Of course…in the “Star Wars” prequels, McGregor played Obi-Wan Kenobi, also a talented “psychic” (of a type). He also starred in the 2009 movie The Men Who Stare At Goats—a film about the secret U.S. govt. psychic spying program (and which has a sly wink-wink Jedi reference).
So per his work in the mega-marketed mass-viewed three “Star Wars” prequels, McGregor solidly resonates a psychic “master.” Then The Men Who Stare At Goats—perhaps subconsciously, perhaps not so subconsciously—reinforces this meta resonating quality by having “Obi-Wan” appear in the film.
And then we have Doctor Sleep, where McGregor plays a psychic mentor a la Obi-Wan. In the popular parlance of Geek Culture—in which such resonances are more often than not consciously cultivated—this is known as “stunt casting.”
So that’s one synchromystic resonance—layered over the simple resonance that Doctor Sleep, per the trailer, is an “official” sequel to the Kubrick film (and thus in said trailer we have that shot of Danny staring through Jack Torrance’s axe-made hole in the door).
Doctor Sleep, in this opinion of this writer, is a “ritual” intended to be used by the masses to “process” the events of The Shining almost 40 years previous. In so doing, the masses are processing both the era in which the original movie came out (early 1980s—consider the events and politics of that period of time) and, in a more psychological sense, “issues” that the original movie brought up that this audience might identify with.
Please understand: when I call these things “rituals,” I don’t mean in the literal conspiratorial sense that, say, a synchromystic author like S.K. Bain might (Kotze tends to balance the quantum & conspiracy elements—read my post on his theories for more insight). I mean more in that sort of “collective unconscious” sort of way—the Zeitgeist, if you will.
Along the lines of this type of ritual—this replaying, revisiting, and re-cycling of events—is the recent phenomenon of literally holographic dead music performers headlining concerts. Case in point: the just-happened IMAX one-day show featuring Holographic Chris Cornell. Wow.
I have nothing personally against such entertainment events—as long as they don’t go against the principles of the musician while he or she was alive—but it, along with the innovations in CGI bringing actors “back” from the dead—is certainly upping the ante on this entire “time is a flat circle” phenomenon.
Which is all to say…I don’t think I will have any deficit of interesting things to write about in the near (or far) future.
As I write this, today features a New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse in the sign of Cancer. The last total Solar Eclipse was in 2017: the so-called “Great American Eclipse.” What does it all MEAN? Possibly, probably, nothing much at all—unless you believe it will. Your perception is the “gloss” over reality that, to some extent, dictates its course.
Have a good Tuesday.
Deep quantum issues of space-time, per Laurel and Hardy: