Monday, December 15, 2008

Ten Thirteen: Grill Flame

Investigating an air crash and finding a psychic, from "Exegesis" (1998)

Get your innerspace suits on, we're going for a ride...

Droidy had a post up last week with a clip from the Millennium episode, "Owls," which had Peter Watts (played by Terry O'Quinn) explaining the worldwide Masonic conspiracy to Frank Black (played by Lance Henriksen). That episode was written and produced by Glen Morgan and James Wong, who created the Lone Gunmen (originally known as the "Three Paranoids") and wrote some of the key early episodes of The X-Files.

Morgan and Wong (aka "The Wongs") changed the direction of the show, turning the Millennium Group from a bunch of crimestoppers into a Masonic secret society with an apocalyptic agenda (a move that I'm sure makes sense to people familiar with the cozy relationship between Masonry and law enforcement). The Wongs finished up their run with a viral apocalypse, which made things a bit difficult for the new producers when Fox unexpectedly renewed the series for a third season.

In the 1998-99 season, Chris Carter returned to the helm (the Wongs had taken over when Carter and Frank Spotnitz were working on the first feature film) and signed Chip Johannesen and Michael Duggan as showrunners.

And then the really heavy stuff came out.

The show's ratings had tanked halfway through the second season and never recovered, and it seemed as if Ten Thirteen meant to take advantage of the show's low profile and dig into hot button topics they wouldn't touch even on The X-Files.* Carter, Johannesen and Duggan used Millennium to dig into deep, deep covert stuff, such as CIA drug dealing, messianic Third Temple radicals and military medical experiments. There were also a bunch of mind-control themed episodes, and the remote viewing subplot in the two-part season opener, "The Innocents/Exegesis."

In a hair-raising teaser, two psychic sisters intentionally crash a jetliner in order to throw the Millennium Group off of their mother's trail. Known only as "512," the matriarch was the most gifted remote viewer at the Stanton Research Institute's "Project Grill Flame," obviously modeled on Stanford's program of the same name.** Here's a bit from a fansite synopsis.
Emma (Hollis, Frank's partner, played by Klea Scott) discovers that document cinders found inside the demolished house were pieces of Freedom of Information requests made five years earlier. The documents made mention of a government project called Grillflame. Frank recognizes the name as a CIA project run through the Stanton Research Institute. Emma travels to the university, where she meets with Dr. Coty. He explains that Grillflame was a government project that employed "psychic spies." - Millennium: This is Who We Are
Dr. Coty is a stand-in for Russell Targ, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at Esalen in June (read my posts on the symposium here and here) where I gave a presentation on Jack Kirby and Synchromysticism. I will say that prior to that trip I was a RV skeptic, but now I'm starting to see it as an important part of the overall Synchromystic phenomenon.

I don't need to remind regular readers of the powerful synchronicity of two sisters and an intentional plane crash. But I would note that this episode aired three years before 9/11 and two and a half before the notorious pilot episode of The Lone Gunmen, which was analyzed a year ago in the post, "Nine Eleven Ten Thirteen." Just to add even more fuel to the fire, there was extensive use of Monarch butterfly symbolism in the 512 storyline, on top of a subplot of secret societies planning a manufactured apocalypse.

But in between this semiotically-loaded story and the even-more remakable Lone Gunmen synch, there was yet another strange premonition of 9/11 that brought Ancient Astronaut Theory and the Sirius cult into the powerful semiotic orbit of Ten Thirteen Productions. One that only came to me when I was poking around Richard Hoagland's archives over the weekend.

Hoagland was blown away in 1999 (as was I and a lot of other High Weirdness enthusiasts) when The X-Files episode "Biogenesis" aired at the end of the show's sixth season. The story dealt with the discovery of bits of metal that were covered in passages of Hebrew Scripture written in the Navajo alphabet, yet were discovered off the coast of Africa and determined to be millions of years old. The episode ended with the discovery of an alien ship, which Scully went to Ivory Coast to study when the alien virus lying dormant in Mulder was reactivated by the radiation contained in rubbings taken from pieces of the craft. The three-part storyline was laden with Isis symbolism as well, which we looked at here.

The teaser for the coming season announced that the story would be picked up again at the beginning of the seventh season on November 7, 1999.

Note EgyptAir's Horus logo

At the time, Hoagland had received a mysterious phone call telling him that there was some catasrophic "Deep Impact" event coming on November 7. Hoagland took the story up again on October 13, 1999 when he learned that the X-Files episode airing on November 7th was entitled "The Sixth Extinction."

However, a week before the fateful date- Halloween 1999, to be exact- there was a air disaster involving EgyptAir flight 990, which en route from New York to Cairo crashed off the coast of Massachusetts, † causing 217 fatalities. Hoagland and writing partner were all over it, since the whole event was absolutely drenched in numerology and symbolism, not the least being that the plane was named Thothmosis III ("Son of Thoth"). Neocons siezed on the event as an act of terrorism, since the plane was carrying 33 Egyptian Army officers. The story would be revisited in the days following 9/11 as well, with a CIA report released on October 17, 2001 claiming the EgyptAir disaster inspired the 9/11 attacks.

But 11/7/99 came and went, despite reports that the military would be on high alert that day. But here's where we go back to Grill Flame. Hoagland says he got reports of some unspecified Deep Impact event for that day, but it probably didn't come from an astronomer. It sounds more like a garbled but essentially accurate prediction by a psychic or remote viewer.

As we've looked at with Jack Kirby's uncanny precognitive track record, these foreshadowings seem to follow dream logic, not the linear, literal patterns that the right-brain impaired naysayers demand or that pseudo-psychics like John Edward or Sylvia Browne take to the bank.

Remember, we're dealing with The X-Files and Ten Thirteen Productions here, one of the richest semiotic lodes in popcult history. It was the title card above that flashed the meme of 11/7/99 into the subconscious minds of millions of viewers. And it is here that we see yet another 9/11 precognition.

Reading left to right we have 99-7-11, which ties back to the theory that '99 crash of Flight 990 led to September 11, since the word September comes from the seventh month of the Roman calendar. So what we may be looking at is a kind of psychic code for a different kind of Deep Impact event.

Remember that September 11 is New Years Day in the Egyptian Coptic Calendar. And this brings us back -yet again- to the overarching Sirius narrative that people like Hoagland and Robert Temple were writing about back in the earliest days of the World Wide Web:
The Coptic calendar, the oldest in history, originated three millennia before Christ...It is believed that Imhotep, the supreme official of King Djoser C.2670 BC. had a great impact on the construction of the calendar.

Historically, ancient Egyptians initially used a civil calendar based on a solar year that consisted of 365 days only...they knew an astronomical calendar which is based on an astronomical concept namely the heliacal rising of a bright star called Sirius "Canis Major, the Dog Star" at the dawn of the eastern horizon. The day on which the heliacal rising of Sirius occurs marks the first day of the year. -
What else is fascinating is that the "Sixth Extinction" storyline not only touched upon Christian symbolism, it also foreshadowed the coming of William Mulder, the child whose conception ultimately resulted from Mulder and Scully's exposure to the cosmic radiation of the alien ship. And it was William who later be prophesied to be the new Horus (in episode 9.11, no less). It's all very scifi in the context of the series, but the symbolic parallels are extremely compelling.

And to tie it all back to Grill Flame and remote viewing, exposure to this alien radiation granted psychic powers, as we saw with Mulder in "Biogenesis" and even with John Doggett in "Providence" (which I had my own precognitive run-in with).

Kind of makes you wonder, doesn't it?


*Let me just say that I can't recommend Millennium highly enough if you're at all interested in the topics covered on this blog- like the X-Files it's an absolute semiotic goldmine, as well as a terrific crime drama.

** Pronounced Five-Twelve, the sum of which equals 17.

Note that both New York and Massachusetts played pivotal roles on 9/11


  1. 9-11 is so many powerful ideas and entities of its own, it really can make more sense to the synchromystic crowd, and i try to open people up, but i understand its all about me really...

    thanks again chris..


  2. okay, i`ll bite. what in your view is the main difference(ideologically) between the x- files and millenium? I allways wanted to watch the show but was young at the time and it seemed kinda slow compared to the former.
    Thanks a bunch

  3. Millennium is more about crime and less about the paranormal. It's more about the nature of evil and the race towards the Apocalypse. TXF did pick up a lot of themes from MM during the last two seasons, and in fact the new XF movie has a lot of MM elements in it as well.

  4. Speaking of Alien Radiation:

    Things that make you go "hmmm?"

    The Dyatlov pass accident and the fatal “unknown compelling force” - Involving some kind of "strange and foreign" radiation!

    Granted this may have *nothing* to do with this -- but I thought it was something to mention considering my husband just sent me this info yesterday. I hop on to your site today and read about some strange radiation?

    "The clothes all contained high levels of radiation. A source for this contamination was not found.

    After the funerals, relatives said the victims’ skin had a “strange orange tan”, and that they were completely grey-haired."

    Things that make you go hmm?


  5. Hey Chris its Michael

    no need to post this by the way unless you wanna use it for your research.

    heres one for you which coincides with my 17 on the periodic table theme. 17 being elements which are greedy to fill up their outer shell:

  6. It's not well known that I'm heavily into all things psi, particularly what is still being referred to as 'remote viewing' (something of a misnomer). I've been quietly at for more than 10 years now and it's really a tricky thing I must say. Psi is real, that's already been proven (just not officially accepted). But demonstrating it on demand, that's the extremely difficult part.

    So have you been through any RV 'training' yet? (The CRV-based multi-stage methodology.) If not, why not?

    Maybe we can do some experimental project together in that area one of these days. :)

  7. Cheers, Goro. Russell Targ and I talked about further RV work since he's working out of he Omega Institute now. But it's all I can do to get through the day as it is!

    I'm sure you'll agree that there is a great deal of intuition involved in this kind of analysis, so that's where I concentrate my efforts. But I do think that RV and Synchronicity are two great tastes that could go great together. It could very well be like copper and tin creating a whole new realm of possibilities in metallurgy.

  8. I enjoyed the first and second seasons of millennium, but was annoyed and disappointed by the third season. Your commentary makes me want to possibly give it another chance.

    Then again, on a superficial level, Millennium is possibly the only show to have had a shelf life comparable to those of canned goods.

    BTW, have you noticed there are no packaged foods with sell by dates beyond 2011? *Think about it!* LOL

  9. Hi Chris,
    I just read your amazing analysis of X-files and its connection to Osiris/Isis/Horus story. William/Horus reminded me of not so old conspiracy theory of Rik Clay concerning XXX. olymipics in London 2012 connected to false alien invasion and prince William's age(30-XXX), among other x-related clues (xxx-porn, x-mas, x-files...)

    My question is why do you set x-files apart from all that masonic film industry? Isn't it that you just "want to believe" in their good intentions as the tag says? I always loved the series but I don't see any reason why not to suspect everyone in that industry...

  10. Well, there's the whole issue of context- what values is said film/TV show putting out there? I think most of us will agree with the ideals put out there in TXF and MM- anti-authoritarian, freedom of information, against secret arrangements that work to our detriment. That's what both series are about. Compare that to shows like 24 or CSI or even Fringe- it's a whole different world.

    I used to think that all of this symbolism was intentionally injected into our culture for weird ritual reasons- which you seein a lot of conspiracy literature-until I realized how deeply embedded it all is and how bludgeoningly obvious it is when messages are consciously embedded.

    No, there's a lot more going on here. And part of that is realizing that whatever these energies that the ancient gods represented are, they seem to have a mind all of their own. And seem to know how to use all of this electronic technology really well, too.

  11. 11/7/99

    Just thinking out loud here.

  12. "Holy Mother of God" that is a lot of symbolism. Wow. I mean *really*. How much of it is coordinated, though, and how much of it is relative to the eye of the beholder (as merely any astral connection can be facilitated at any time and any plane, being the nature of fractal cosmos)?

    But here's a little something:

    The old "New Years Day" of the Egyptians has changed every year since eternity... because of the precession of Equinoxes. In fact, at one point in time, New Year's Day was Midsummer Solstice (June 20) -- rather than July, August, or September, as the Coptic Calendar holds to, by the aide of Leap Year functions to keep us 'in step.' Good ol' Pope Greg the XIII made sure to trash the knowledge of old pagan and newly discovered Mayan Calendar systems, this way... to reinstigate the old agricultural 366 day year every 4, as was proposed long ago and yet discarded by those who revered the celestial motions.

    The reason the month of Thoth, June, represents the Summer Solstice with the sign of the TWO BROTHERS (now "Gemini") and an Ankh in between them (representing the Duat and Isis) is because the heliacal rising would be celebrated magnificently when it realigned at that time to separate their opposing-but-equal 6-month reigns.

    Now, the rise VISUALLY, ACTUALLY occurs on Lughnashadh, or August 1st -- wherein Sirius is 3 DEGREES (Blue Lodge) IN THE SKY BEFORE THE SUN RISES. A wicked alignment occurs on that day, 2012, shaping a grand tetrahedron on the horizon with the Sun rising to the middle of it all before they disappear...

    Voila? I know it's a tangent, but what isn't?


    Light and Truth,
    Brendan Bombaci

  13. oh, and you'd LOVE the 9-11 alignments... pretty dramatic - the whole thing.

  14. """"""
    BTW, have you noticed there are no packaged foods with sell by dates beyond 2011? *Think about it!* LOL

    LOL - not even twinkies??
    (The Ultimate Nuclear Food Product)

  15. well well well busy reading this article on Saturday night, well i was busy sort through my ebook collection happend to
    come across 9/11: THE ULTIMATE TRUTH (2006), 2nd revised edition by Laura Knight-Jadczyk
    the last chapter of the book is titled The Sixth Extinction .................388

    This author also has a Freemason name

    here is the chatper

    matter what geniuses they
    appear to be. …
    The world of normal people is always superior to the other one whenever constructive
    activity is needed, whether it be the reconstruction of a devastated country, the area of
    technology, the organization of economic life, or scientific and medical work. “They
    want to build things, but they can’t get much done without us.”430
    We can theorize that this is why they funded Princeton and other institutions of
    higher learning to study these things, and why they imported all the brains on the
    planet to put them to work to devise a method that could be activated at a certain
    point in time to ensure their survival and the exclusion of everyone else. This leads
    us to understand why they have made so concerted an effort to keep the masses of
    humanity deaf, dumb and blind.
    430 Lobaczewski, op. cit.
    911: The Ultimate Truth 393
    We see around us, every day, the events that tell us that the events of Nazi Germany
    were a “dress rehearsal” of sorts, for events that are to transpire in our near
    future. In 9/11, we had the equivalent of the Reichstag Fire and now, once again,
    the ordinary Jews, and their Semitic Arab

  16. we exist outside of everyone's field