Mind control / Spiritual

Logan’s Run v 1984

A few days ago, I managed to watch a rerun of the 1976 sci-fi movie Logan’s Run . Set in the 23rd century it depicts a domed city, whose inhabitants exist in a hi-tech materialistic Utopia where all needs are met and live a hedonistic lifestyle .

But there is one drawback to this ‘heaven’ . At the age of 30, all inhabitants must undergo “Carrousel” in public where they are vapourised by the computer who controls the city, and believe they will be ‘renewed’ when in fact, they are terminated .



Without going into too much detail and spoiling it for anyone, the two heroes played by Michael York and Jenny Agutter escape from the city to discover life outside its walls and also that life does go beyond the age of 30 . To be honest, it’s worth watching for a young Jenny Agutter, in a very skimpy outfit, which gets less and less as the film proceeds . Watch it if you can .

But what struck me was the similarity between the hedonistic prison in Logan’s Run and the brutal totalitarian society in 1984 . In 1984, the proles are spied on and controlled by Big Brother who uses scarcity and war to keep everyone in their place but in Logan’s Run, the computer ensures people’s needs are met to sedate them and keep the public compliant .

In the 20th century both types of control have been used . In Nazi Germany, Soviet Union and China overt methods of repression were used to control the populace and dissent was never tolerated for long . The State was all and the public’s energy was put into its survival but very few ever managed to reap material rewards, apart from an elite .

Jenny Agutter

After the 2nd World War, the West decided to use the Logan’s Run form of control . Governments would try and meet the needs of their publics and with work, TV and booze managed to keep everyone in check . It gave the outward appearance of democracy but as the saying goes “the government always won” . But like the eastern bloc, it appears the western post war material world is now collapsing and who knows what will take its place .

With hindsight, we can see both the eastern ‘1984’ and western ‘Logan’s Run’ worlds were essentially the same place, a prison for its peoples . One may have been more comfortable but still a prison, with death the only certainty, as in Logan’s Run .

At the end of Logan’s Run, the two heroes return to the city to tell the inhabitants there is life outside its walls and with this knowledge, the city self destructs and the populace venture outside for the first time . We are in a similar position at present, as all the systems of the world implode .

But the battle is not in the physical world but in our Mind . We have only scratched the surface of who we are but are too afraid to leave our metaphorical city, where we feel safe . The control mechanisms in the world are reflections of the barbed wire in our Mind . It is safe to leave the ‘City’  and go outside . There is nothing to fear .


11 thoughts on “Logan’s Run v 1984

  1. Another outstanding post and ditto to Riddle in a Rhyme’s response. I’ll be printing out your final paragraph and pinning it on my cork board.

    Tuam libera mentem
    Sapere aude
    Semper fi!


  2. ‘Like’ Carol’s comment.. I would pin it to my board too! Oh, I have seen Logan’s Run actually, it’s one of my go to movies when I wanna see thought-provoking science fiction.. often the cheesiest movies have the deepest message hidden within them… just goes to show you one should ‘never judge a movie by it’s cheesiness.’ Lol..

    I love that movie and Barbarella, not quite along the same lines, but that one has messages of a meta-psychological nature.. perhaps I will write an article about that movie comparing it to another on my blog! It’s interesting to see which movies come out when also, as a sign of the times… as well as the propaganda the movie-makers may want to project.. late 60’s and 70’s and some early 80’s sci-f are very interesting in that respect..

    • Movie makers used to assume the audience were intelligent and would ‘get’ the message . Intelligence is now a taboo word in film making apart from a few exceptions .

  3. Another thing I forgot to mention is that from the documents/books I’ve read, certain mind control protocols have the victims ‘dying’ at age 30 because at that point, the mind control programming starts wearing off and they are no longer ‘viable’ so it’s interesting that the people in this movie start ‘dying’ at age 30.. 😉

    (You also know me as Queen of Words, but on this computer I’m using, that account is not set up at the moment…)

  4. Hello Riddle in a Rhyme,

    Resonated with your exchange with Frank and would like to exchange a few emails with you as I do with Frank. I’m not on Twitter so, send me an email – impco23@gmail.com – if you’re interested. Some of my favorite DVDs are: “Blade Runner”, “Network”, “Eyes Wide Shut”, “The Big Lebowski”, “Thelma & Louise”, “The Godfather Trilogy”.

    Best regards,

    Tazio Zatori
    Austin, Texas

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