Oct 27, 2006

Brothers In Arms

I've been mulling over how similar Star Trek's Borg are to AKA's Transformed, and how they may be related to "Joel's army". Wha...?

The Borg

I watched Star Trek: First Contact from Blockbuster last night. It showcases the Borg in all their evil glory. The Borg are Star Trek's ultimate villain - an implacable, intelligent and nearly unstoppable force. They're assured of their own righteousness - and only wish to spread the gift of Borg assimilation to the whole galaxy.

Last year I had a hunch and I googled for "borg cube heaven" and I found The Borg of Heaven. It details how the immense Borg cube is modeled after the description of heaven given to John:

And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. --Rev. 21:15-16

The author reveals plenty of other uncanny similarities between the Borg and the heavenly host. I'm thinking - maybe not a coincidence? A little more googling and I found out that Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek and the Borg, was into the occult. He circulated within the same California sci-fi/military industrial complex stream as L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Hollywood's weirdest religion.

For whatever reason, Gene has cast the Kingdom of God as the invading Borg.

The Bible

Jehovah and his "Chosen People" of the bible - the Israelites - are a ruthless, invading horde. After coming out of Egypt, they invade Canaan and make the promised land their own. Maybe the Borg aren't so far off in their characterization - or maybe we don't know the backstory.

In the Book of Joel, there's a prophetic description of a future (latter days) army of the Lord:

They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. --Joel 2:7-8

The Borg march like no other army. They walk side by side, "every one in his path", and they never "break their ranks". They have an invincible force field that constantly learns and adopts from every weapon sent against them. Though weapons fall upon them, "they shall not be wounded".

The Transformed

Transform is a collection of erotic muscle growth stories that organically grew into a novel. The author, AKA (Also Known As), takes muscle growth erotic fiction "where no man has gone before". It took me a month of reading (and stroking) to work my way through the whole thing, but when I was finished, it was like a light went on.

AKA describes the results of a secret government project to create the ultimate soldier. The scientists create a serum that hypes up all the masculine sexual characteristics to a level approaching perfection. Anyone injected becomes immensely muscular and powerful, grows a huge dick and a libido in proportion. They also gain the ability to pass this power on to others. The power of Transform becomes stronger than the military's ability to control it. It's a long and involved story, but as I was reading, I realized how similar the Transformed are to the Borg!

  • Both are immensely strong, individually and more so, together.
  • Both have great abs.
  • Both are male. (At least as originally visualized by Roddenberry. Later incarnations show female Borg).
  • Both are practically invulnerable to weapons.
  • Both have alien "seed" swimming in their veins - the Borg call it nanoprobes, the Transformed men call it "Transform". It is the vehicle of their power.
  • Both seek to make other men into their image. They use their "seed" to infect other men, and when infected, they are "Assimilated", or "Transformed".
  • Both Borg and the Transformed feed off the new "recruits" - the Borg gain new technology, the Transformed gain new powers or heightened erotic potential.
  • Both do not kill. They only Assimilate or Transform, and kill only in self-defense.
  • Both have a zero recidivism rate. Once Transformed/Assimilated, you never look back.
  • Both are connected telepathically. They know each other's thoughts and can instantly call upon the collective knowledge (and eroticism) of the whole
  • Both are reviled by the "powers that be". The Borg are resisted by the Federation, the Transformed by the U.S. military.

What if these three mythic stories are all describing the same event, but from different points of view?

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