Good Friday?


It’s that time of year again

Rebirth of nature. Spring. Easter. Renewal of life. Resurrection.

But, in order for new life to begin, an old life must die. That’s nature’s way.

Somewhere along the way, the agony of crucifixion was spun into the ecstasy of the afterlife, and a day of one of the most horrific events in life got called Good Friday.

Strange that.

My Satanic Struggle

The screenplay I wrote in 1978 was just supposed to be about events triggering Armageddon. But in order to tell the story, I had to focus on one man’s ‘little’ life (and death). It wasn’t meant to be a big deal. After all, one crazy person dying is meaningless in a world where people die every day. The banality is overwhelming.

But as I wrote out the character back stories yesterday, for my graphic artist’s understanding, I suddenly came to the conclusion that I had actually recreated the story of Jesus’ death 2,000 years ago.


This story is timeless. We have probably been replaying it since the dawn of time. Even in the 60’s, a CBC production of “The Open Grave” lent a modern approach to the tale.

Until 1967 almost all of the output was in black and white–colour came late to Canada–and live or live to tape until the late 1960’s. They stirred up a major controversy (duplicated in the United Kingdom when the BBC bought the film) with Ron Kelly’s direct cinema experimental drama, The Open Grave. Kelly had the nerve to treat the Resurrection as a breaking news story, full of interruptions and improvisations, using familiar reporters from CBC news and the following scenario: the previous Friday, Joshua Corbett had been hanged for alleged terrorism, though in fact he has disrupted the war industries with his pacifist ideas. Now his grave is empty and neither Mary Morrison, a ravaged, rather vague middle-aged prostitute nor any of his other friends know where he is. The film, intended for broadcast on Easter Sunday made the headlines for weeks.

You can read the whole text here.

These things stay with you, and because I’ve now thoroughly researched and written about The Passover Plot, I have become very familiar in recent years with the players in the Passion Play. It still surprises me that I should have ‘seen’ the truth 40 years ago. Wonders will never cease.


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Spring: Sunrise through the Fan Light

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MSS Back Story: Linda Langford


Linda is a young ingenue. She’s not a fully-fledged ‘terrorist’ like Judith, her best friend. She’s just along for the ride, and her association bring her in contact with the rest of ITS CLAWS.

Linda is also a sweetheart. She has no nastiness in her nature, and she wouldn’t ‘harm a fly’. But she is also timid about the rest of the world, and that includes the COMMUNITY.

In the end, she is the way that Garrett breaks Jackman down. They are each other’s Achilles heel, so that’s not surprising. Love is stronger than hate, always.

(One of the women following Jesus at a distance.)


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MSS Back Story: Judith Jackman

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To say that Judith is a man-hater would be an understatement. The impression she gives is that somewhere along the way, a man has taken advantage of her, sexually, socially or emotionally, and she’s duty bound to punish the rest for doing that to her.

Judith is obviously gay. Her lesbian friend is Langford. They may not be fully-blown lovers, but there definitely is an affectionate connection between them.

Judith is also potty-mouthed. She swears a lot. But coming from her, the words don’t seem as awful as they could be, because she’s so beautiful.

(Mary’s sister Martha, maybe.)

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MSS Back Story: Susan Franklin


Susan is King’s second in command of ITS CLAWS. Her house is their base of operations in Vancouver. It’s not a great place to live, but it keeps them under the radar, or at least that’s what they thought.

Susan is also a spiritual person. Her beliefs included life after death and reincarnation. She’s not afraid to die, since, in her terms, there is no ‘death’. She also won’t turn away a stranger in time of need. Benjamin knocks on her door, and she lets him in.

In the whole scheme of the plot, she is the most likable female. And, because of her previous training, she knows how to work the controls at the CCC broadcasting studio. Because of her knowledge of technology, Benjamin gets to have one more sermon.

(She would be equivalent to Mary Magdalene.)

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MSS Back Story: Christine King


Christine is an undercover operative. She is also the leader of a group of feminists called ITS CLAWS. These are not ordinary ‘terrorists’. They could be more closely identified with the Suffragette movement from the early 20th century: they’re authority resisters.

Christine is on a mission. It’s called Mission: Nevergreen. Her job is to get close to Evergreen and ‘decapitate the beast’. But she’s an amateur, and she makes mistakes, including falling in love with him. “Shocking, isn’t it?”

In the end, she realizes that he has won her over, but as always it doesn’t end well.

(Salome and the head of John the Baptist would be a twist to the tale.)

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MSS Back Story: Henry Evergreen


Henry is a virile, charismatic man. He is also the figurehead leader of COMMUNITY. His story is clouded in mystery because of a UFO incident in the past. Twenty-five years went by before he arrived back on Earth, and he then took over control.

Henry is also a megalomaniac. He has no qualms about having his enemies ‘removed from the scene’. But he knows he has very little time to consolidate his power because of an immanent arrival of an alien invasion at Jerusalem.

When he meets Benjamin, he decides to try to win him over by whatever means are available to him. In Benjamin’s indoctrination scene, the tables are turned and Henry finds himself the one answering all the questions. That’s never a good thing.

(He would be the Emperor Tiberius’ representative, Pontius Pilate.)

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