THE OZ FACTOR
My thoughts on the Spielberg mini series "Taken"
guessed it-my favorite character "The Cowardly
Lion" portrayed in the 1939 classic "The
Wizard of Oz!" Just a little "tongue-n-cheek"
humor as I get prepared to discuss a recent event
surrounding the UFO community.
On the more serious side of movies and mini-series
events, were you taken by "TAKEN "!? Steven
Spielbergs mammoth $40 MILLION 20 hour ten-part min-series
that aired December 2-2002-2003. It had the highest
network ratings in the history of the network shown.(Sci-Fi
channel) The series dealt with a fictional account
of three generations of UFO contact and abduction.
It portrayed the effects of alien contact on the families
involved-leading to the birth of a hybrid half human
half alien child. On the flip side of the UFO issue-it
also gave a wicked view of the cause and effect on
generations of research by one family involved in
the military/research and black operations aspect
of the UFO phenomena.
I want to back up and since there is so much to discuss
about this mini-series-forgive me if I seem to jump
around a bit on different subjects I feel are important
regarding this film. To begin with-Steven Spielbergs
"Close Encounters Of A Third Kind" in 1978
was a smash hit dealing with the subject of UFOs,
contact and the abduction phenomena.
It is to my reasoning-THE most definitive beginning
film on the subject of UFOs in history. From its special
effects-to its story and purpose-it SMASHED through
barriers of myth and reality and for the 70s/80s generation
to the present time-it laid THE foundation of revelation
and understanding the UFO contact and abduction phenomena-bringing
it to the mainstream of American/GLOBAL thought. WHY?
I remember reading of Steven Spielberg meeting with
President Ronald W. Reagan at a special screening
of "ET The Extra-terrestrial." Following
the screening The President leaned over-clapped Spielberg
on the shoulder and said "There arent six people
in this room who know how true this really is."
President Reagan went on to state at the 42nd general
assembly of The United Nations on September 21, 1987
"In our obsession with antagonists of the moment,
we often forget how much unites all the members of
humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal
threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally
think how quickly our differences would vanish if
we were facing an alien threat from outside of this
world. And yet I ask-Is not an alien force already
Are we being "conditioned" to accept the
UFO phenomena? In 1951 the movie "The Day The
Earth Stood Still" starring Michael Rennie and
Patricia Neal hit the screen detailing the threat
of atomic weapons. You had to repect Gort-the robot
who along with the alien (Rennie) stop all electricity
on the face of the planet. It is THEIR demonstration
of extra terrestrial intelligence power-to the chilling
revelation that GORT-IS-the destroyer of planets and
others like him exist to keep man from destroying
himself and others.(Does "The Terminator"
government operatives were advisors in the making
of this classic. Just 5 years after the Arnold sightings
and definition of "Flying Saucers and ROSWELL
in 1947. In "Close Encounters Of a Third Kind"
1977/78 Dr. J Allen Hynek-noted astronomer(skeptic-then
believer) and Dr. Jacques Vallee-noted author and
ufologist were advisors to this film. The French actor
bore a striking resemblance to Dr Vallee and it was
meant to convey that message of connecting the two
Drs to this film. Dr Hynek has a cameo near the end
of the movie.(CUFOS-The Center for UFO Stidies was
founded by Dr Hynek (who died in 1986), Dr Vallee
is one of the leading ufologist authors in the world
and one of my favorite books of his for the UFO buffs
is "Passport To Magonia".
Then we come to the millennial era and the "Taken"
mini-series with Spielberg as the catalyst for the
TV series. At a MUFON UFO Symposium in Rochester NY
on July 2,.2002 the Sci-Fi-Channel gave the first
WORLD PREMIERE glimpse of "Taken" calling
it a "FLASHPOINT" in the history of understanding
and discussing the UFO phenomenon.
they went a step further and stated they will host
open-honest discussion on the subject and bring this
to the mainstream of UFO thought and debate process.
Steven Spielberg gave an interview previously taped
and stated he remembered a time when his father took
the family to a field around 3AM to watch a meteor
shower. While they didnt see anything the event reminded
him in later years of abduction stories related to
the UFO phenomena.
childhood event left impressions on Mr Spielberg which
he carried over to his film making and influnenced
his bringing the subject onto the movie screens where
it has since made its way into our homes, lives, communities
and society for global consideration and debate. Prior
to the "Taken" mini-series being aired Morley
Safer hosted a UFO Symposium(November 2002) along
with Budd Hopkins and other noted ufologists, authors
I was TAKEN with "TAKEN"! The many characters
and subject material were definitely thought provoking.
It will no doubt-be a classic unto its own genre for
its direct approach to the subject of UFOs, contact,
abduction and hybrid human/alien offspring.
As I look at some of the "Taken" characters-portrayed
by Catherine Dent(The Shield/)Sally Clarke-Eric Close(Dark
Skies-John-The alien Survivor of Roswell-who with
Sally-were the first generation contact to produce
an alien/hybrid child) I was struck by the depth of
characterization put into these roles. The alien had
the ability-to manipulate 4th dimension power-and
appear completely human-(stated in sightings of today).
Dent lights up any screen and her portrayal as the
woman in love with John (the alien-giving birth to
their child-trying to keep the secret and in the end-dying
of cancer-and seeing the Alien-just as he was some
decades earlier-without aging-as she grasps his hand
and "crosses over") is touching and makes
for heartstrings entertainment-needed with such a
vicious portrayals of the generations of family black
operations UFO research made for the wicked side of
this film. Ill discuss the relationship between Dr.Chet
Wakeman (Matt Frewer-oustanding character actor of
many television programs) is the quintessential government/military
black operations doctor-using a combination of cold
clinical analysis and cutting edge research-along
with his FLIP characterization-to become the Dr. You
LOVE to HATE!
Crawford (played by Heather Donahue-The Blair Witch
Project)-is the heartless love interest to Dr. Wakeman
(Frewer) and portrays a cunning, ruthless and vicious
woman (a Post Roswell investigator-just like dear
old murderous dad) on her quest to find the answer
to-What is the answer to the UFO question and WHY?
She is THE woman you LOVE to HATE and gives as vicious
portrayal of a character as any Ive seen over
the years. The bedroom scene I might add between Frewer
and Donahue is the kind of gag scene(choke) where
you put your finger down your throat of black on black-dark
humor-dark operations-dark sex and makes you shudder
to think-if we can think of stories like this-Does
life imitate Art? (WHEW!)
For this review Ive centered on the first contact
Dent & Close-their contact led to a second generation
and a third generation resulting in a half human/alien
hybrid child. Allie Keyes-played by Dakota Fanning
(a marvelous child actress-Cat In The Hat & more).
The team of Wakeman & Donahue were the result
of the previous generational black operations research
and they were hell bent on catching up with Allie
and bringing her in for testing.
the years the researchers had discovered alien implant
tracking systems (sound familiar-like todays reports)
and were able to use them in their studies to locate
abductees. How quaint-aliens and our researchers tracking
abductees at the same time-nice concept-by the way
minimally there are 100,000 tracking system implants
just WAITING to be bought and made available for daily
human use. It is an unsettling and strong message
In the final scenes of "Taken" Allie-the
half human/alien hybrid demonstrates her power by
staging a UFO event-landing-boarding of the ship-family
scenes-and destroys the base camp-only to have the
entire scenario vanish-as if nothing ever happened.
This girl by todays standards would be a "Messianic
Eve" figure. Governments-militaries- belief systems-secret
societies-cults and occult groups would want access
to her power, origin, source and knowledge. In "Taken"
the researchers and black operations organization
would stop at NOTHING to find her.(Does the Raelian
quest for cloning and immortality come to mind)
In the end of "Taken" the unsettling, unnerving
and creepy ending culminated in the aliens return
and abduction of Allie in the presence of the military-researchers
and the community. She was TAKEN and no one-could
do anything about it-nor prevent it. A terrifying
Today-women abductees speak-the UNSPEAKABLE-thought
to be IMPOSSIBLE! Abductees claim of having their
fetus TAKEN and they have no explanation. They speak
of abductions and are shown half human/alien hybrids.
Men are also said to have been shown the same thing.
There are many cases on file and these are not isolated
incidents. Men who have been shown their hybrid babies,
find the memories are devastating and shocking. Within
this mini-series I found many ties to other "celebrated-written"
cases and much more relating to the subject of abduction
This is a good time to start winding down my comments.
We-are TAKEN with the UFO phenomena.We are being "allowed"
the opportunity to approach this subject with main
stream thought. We are not all fanatics, wackos, idiots,
charlatans or stupid. There is a phenomenon going
on. We are still learning and truthfully-have we even
scratched the surface of thought regarding this subject?
the end of "TAKEN" there were no definitive
answers to the UFO/alien contact/abduction phenomena.
Where DID Allie go? Would She ever come back-remember-she
is also half human? Who are they? Why are they here?
How many races of alien civilizations are we in contact
with and on and on the questions go. How will they
affect our existence.
human/hybrid is one explanation. There are other thoughts-benign-or
evil-are we some big experiment or do we co-exist
peacefully? It makes one pause and think about the
reasoning-Ive read pros and cons on both sides
of the UFO contact issue.
one comment I will make here for the purpose of this
article is this-Taken left me with a sense of LOSS
and helplessness at the reality of the UFO and abduction
phenomena. It was as close to anything Ive read
on the subject. If it is true- that abductions take
place-the feelings of LOSS after being shown your
"STAR CHILD" would be no different than
that of parents of a kidnapped child-there is also
the violation that takes place during an abduction.
Compound this with alien/human contact and small wonder-the
incidence of suicides and mental illness due to media
scrutiny, disbelief, nervous disorders and stress
Eerily-I thought of the strange things that have occurred
in my life and on the subject of LOSS-I know what
its like to have the lives and souls of someone you
care about and love-torn away from you and you have
no control over the events taking place. Whether its
here on planet Earth-or an event that could be outside
of our earthly control-we shouldnt be "Taken"
life for granted.
My final comment on "TAKEN"-Where did Allie
go? Will we ever see her-again?