I don't know much about The Transformers, but it seems the new film is going to head into familiar territory. I don't mean New Jersey, where parts of the film were shot. I don't mean Giza, Egypt (where the producers say the final secret of the film will be revealed) or the White Sands Testing Grounds, another location for the film, either.
I mean straight into The X-Files' ancient astronaut mythology of "Biogenesis" and "The Sixth Extinction," which Revenge of the Fallen seems to borrow liberally from. One XF fan is up in arms.
Before going any further, I probably should explain what "Revenge Of The Fallen" may be about first. From what I have gathered from all the rumored and leaked information, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen involves the discovery of an ancient, powerful, and very evil Transformer underneath one of the great Egyptian pyramids.
This Transformer, calling himself "The Fallen", and looking like something spawned from hell, came to Earth thousands of years ago after being outcasted by his rulers (whoever they were). Though he sought to enslave and possibly destroy the people of Earth, he found himself eventually and mysteriously entombed underneath one of the pyramids. When he is awakened in this film, he will be seeking some sort of revenge. There is speculation that he may have been the inspiration behind the Egyptian God, Anubis.*
It has been rumored that the main human lead of the Transformers movie, Sam Witwicky, comes into contact with some object that an alleged "Revenge Of The Fallen" leaked call sheet labeled the "splinter". According to these rumors, this object causes Sam to go crazy, read a huge college astronomy text book in seconds, and write strange (possibly Cybertronian) symbols all over his astronomy classroom's white boards.Here's the scoop from UGO:
In the two X-Files episodes I have mentioned, Fox Mulder, after coming into contact with a broken-off metal piece of a mysterious spaceship, goes crazy and acquires the ability to see the future somewhat. His brain activity increases exponentially and he is able to accurately predict the results of remote viewing tests and read minds.
Whatever this "splinter" is that Sam comes in contact with ... it appears, according to the alleged call sheet, to have healing properties. Sam apparently uses it to reactivate a Decepticon named Jetfire. In "Biogenesis" and "The Sixth Extinction", the piece of the spaceship had healing properties as well. It was able to heal wounds and bring humans and animals back to life.
On the first day of class, Sam goes crazy just before getting to class for some reason. It seems there is some object that he was exposed to that affected him, our guess is the splinter from the cube. Anyways, Rainn Wilson asks the class to turn to the first page of the text book (which, apparently, Rainn Wilson’s character is the professor of the class AND the writer of the Astronomy text book that they are using in class). Wilson’s character’s name is Professor Colon (pronounced: koh - lawn). Everyone except Sam turns to the first page. Sam, instead, read the entire book in 5 seconds by just flipping through it, then starts telling Wilson’s character about what parts of his book are wrong. He also starts talking about how Einstein was wrong. Sam gets up from his seat and goes up to the chalk board and starts writing a lot of weird symbols on the chalk board (probably Cryptonian).There are syncs galore here- Shia LaBoeuf did the whole ancient astronauts bit in Indiana Jones and also- surprise, surprise- appeared on The X-Files, in the episode produced just before "The Sixth Extinction." How about that?
Remote Viewing is associated with the Apocalypse in the Ten Thirteen Universe: Cold Case's John Finn plays a CIA veteran, Mulder quotes Ray Parker's "Ghostbusters" theme, a cryptic reference to Michael Ensign, who plays Dr. Barnes in the Sixth Extinction storyline. Double-click to enlarge.
I'm fascinated by the Egyptian subtext, in light of the similarity between The X-Files story and Transformers 2. I made my bones sussing out the Egyptian mythology elements in that storyline, none of which are part of the outward narrative. And here they are becoming explicit in the Transformers version of the story.
Does Michael Bay read The Secret Sun?
* Why is Anubis always a villain? Hollywood needs to do its homework a little better. Signed, a big fan of dogs.