Ladies & Gentlemen ..............
'The Battle For The Soul of King Russ-ankhamun: A Masonic Tale'
'The Battle For The Soul of King Russ-ankhamun: A Masonic Tale' begins buried deep within the mysterious, clandestine world of Freemasonry, the causal descendent of the Egyptian mystery religions. Rumors have persisted for centuries that the Freemasons were also in possession of a “great secret.” Tonight, one such “secret” was about to be reborn!
It has long been known that Gothic Masonic Temples and Cathedrals contain an ancient Pagan wisdom hidden in their architecture. This wisdom, which predates Christianity, was placed by the operative Freemasons, builders commissioned by the Church to create cathedrals, churches, and other edifices. But look carefully, because sometimes you don’t have to look twice to see those that should remain hidden!
King Russ-ankhamun, sometimes mis-pronounced as "King Complete Twat-Unknown," is a pharaoh from the 18th Dynasty. He reigned during 1319–1323 BCE and his first journey to kingship started as a vizier to Akhenaten and Tutankhamun (King Tut); but ended abruptly. Cast out, a third degree Mason stepped aside and on this night back in time, King Russ-ankhamun was entombed instead. Rumors persist today that someone wished to usurp the throne and so plotted his death; but entombing was a lot cheaper!
However, one dark, windswept night in late 2014, everything changed. Into the tomb of King Russ-ankhamun entered an Apprentice and Fellow Craft degrees. Mechanically, and in "lock-step" with each other, they proved to the principal officers present with the proper signs, grips, and words, they were ready to begin the Rise. Working Tools of the degree to hand, the crypt underneath the floor was prized open, the chants that had rung around the room suddenly diminished.
Once King Russ-ankhamun had felt the air, breathed into his lungs the sweet amber nectar of the year 2014, he knew he had been raised to a figurative new birth. All those gathered around him also knew they were witnessing something that nobody would ever believe; that nobody would ever witness in their own lifetimes. Something that nobody in the room would survive!
As the crypt cover was moved to the side, a claw-like hand emerged from the darkness into the light. The pagan religion of Egypt was about to be released upon the world, once more.
Now fully reborn, King Russ-ankhamun, free from the bonds that had him lying in State, faced the last to survive, The Worshipful Master. Assuming the position known as the five points of fellowship, he knelt before his King. It is there that he revealed that The Devil, The Angel and The Trickster were all about them. His last words spoken, King Russ-ankhamun devoured his soul in one, turned, and then with a sweeping step, retook his rightful place on his Throne.
With the Worshipful Master‘s warning that The Devil, The Angel and The Trickster were now among them, in a battle to claim / redeem his soul, King Russ-ankhamun smiled in smug content. But, deep within the confines of The House of King Russ-ankhamun, one of the Knights Templar, sent from France years before, long since having left the Order; and a huge fan of WWE, lay hidden. Awakening to the rebirth of the King, it was he, and he alone who had brought forth both The Devil and The Angel into present day.
Upon his rightful Throne, always at one with himself, King Russ-ankhamun felt the cooling breeze of change, but did not notice the sinister appearance of both The Devil and The Angel to either side of him. Transfixed on his own being, alive to only the fact that he was indeed reborn, The Devil and The Angel quietly went about their work.
The explanation of the age-old saying, The Devil on our left shoulder, The Angel on our right now for all to see, it wasn’t long before King Russ-ankhamun sensed The Devil's presence … and began to have some Devilish fun! Having stumbled across an old VHS tape of some 1970’s bawdy British comedy entitled 'Benny Hill' in his Spanking Chambers, King Russ-ankhamun assumed the chosen "Hill Position"!
But it’s not long before The Angel finds them both and suddenly both she and The Devil are locked in a massive battle to own the soul of King Russ-ankhamun. Back and forth, forth and back, the struggle is immense, and much in the same vein as the upcoming 'Batman vs. Superman,' the battle of Good vs. Evil was very draining [hence, an empty swimming pool … no, oh well, please yourselves!]
But King Russ-ankhamun broke free from the clutches of both The Devil and The Angel and went about his daily ritual - the sacrifice of a goose! The reason? Well, with the four existing Masonic Lodges that reigned supreme at the time of King Russ-ankhamun’s reign, they had always gathered at the Goose Pub in Alexandria. Hence, after King Russ-ankhamun’s reign was ended, he vowed to sacrifice a goose every day upon his resurrection. But even with the horrible act unfolding before them, The Devil and The Angel still fight to garner his soul.
With neither The Devil or The Angel seemingly winning the battle for the soul of King Russ-ankhamun, The Trickster appeared. The Trickster, who in mythology and religion is usually a god, goddess, spirit, man, woman, or anthropomorphic animal who exhibits a great degree of intellect or secret knowledge, was obviously none of those here! Standing at barely five feet tall, The Trickster (known in past lives as “Build-A-Boat“) was crafty, for sure, but not seemingly fast enough to catch King Russ-ankhamun.
But The Trickster was not one to give up easily! He had already chased King Russ-ankhamun up spiral staircases, over bridges, across deserts, through a film set, across the back of a Silver Sea Dragon, and now they found themselves locked in a baton relay down a sinister, ghoulish corridor. It was then, as the King turned to face his destiny, that The Trickster's right hand slowly turned invisible and grabbed the King mid-stride!
Now, and with the help of The Devil, they both had cornered King Russ-ankhamun in his Jungle Room! A pair of Gothic Silver Spears, their ends dipped in improperly stored poisonous substances, now poised themselves but inches from King Russ-ankhamun’s head and torso! The King knew this was not the best case scenario immediately after a rebirth, but remained as catatonic as possible! Indeed, it was time for a conscience-raising experience!
But before the conscience-raising experience could evolve, well, forget old conspiracy theories about snake bites, fatal poisons, and five ex-wives, King Russ-ankhamun was about to be taken by The Devil! Her nemesis, The Angel begged her Lord above to spare him. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, The Trickster froze the proceedings!
With the click of his shiny heels, the lights went out, and when they came back on, well, The Trickster had decided that he was going to have some fun himself! With everything in The Jungle Room now static, on hold, no decisions to be made, King Russ-ankhamun was left alone, whilst The Trickster grabbed both The Devil and The Angel. Taking them both back to the King's very own Spanking Chambers, he now had his very own moment of pleasure!
After the Spanking Chambers ordeal was over, you would have thought that The Devil would have been upset with The Trickster. Far from it. For she had been using The Trickster all along, just like a puppeteer uses strings on a puppet to manipulate, and yet entertain. Or, in this case, The Devil had been using a children's toy to get inside the head of The Trickster! But why had The Devil done this and allowed The King to escape?
With King Russ-ankhamun now free from the Jungle Room, the Silver Spears no longer holding him back, The Devil’s dagger no longer poised above his heart, he knew that if his reign was to be successful in 2014, that he had to get to distant shores. Shores way more distant then those of the Detroit River! So, acknowledging the existence of The Angel, she brought him a boat, in which they sailed off into the unknown.
But as they slowly made their way down the river, King Russ-ankhamun felt a fiery hot sensation on the back of his neck!
Now having reached his destination, King Russ-ankhamun was finally at Peace. Incorporating all the foundations of spiritual practices, his inner state of well-being and calm were balanced; his conscience-raising experience in full flow. But, as he gazed out into the dark abyss, he wondered where his rebirth was to have taken him?
Was he now in Heaven? Was it Purgatory? Was it Hell? Or could it be ... Las Vegas?!
To be continued in the eagerly awaited sequel:
'The High Rollin' Knights of King Russ-ankhamun: A Vegas Tale'
'King Russ-ankhamun' - Russell A. Trunk
'The Trickster' - Jan Vanderziel
'The Angel' - Marianne Widmalm
'The Devil' - Trish Trytan
CGI by: Jan Vanderziel
Photography by: Jan Vanderziel & Trish Trytan
Produced by: Russell A. Trunk & Jan Vanderziel
Screenplay by: Russell A. Trunk, Jan Vanderziel & Marianne Widmalm
Directed by: Russell A. Trunk, Jan Vanderziel, Marianne Widmalm & Trish Trytan
BBC Studios Holiday Gift Guide
The wondrous BBC Studios Holiday Gift Guide this year features festive products from the BBC Shop, as well as an up-to-date look at all their great catalog titles!
In fact, once you've read this article, please be sure to visit their newly relaunched BBC Shop at www.shop.bbc.com for all of these holiday gifts noted below and more!
Kicking things off here with a peak into the BBC Studios Shop and we find lovely items such as an Orkney Dashing Dogs mug, a Heavy Herringbone Grey Throw, a Lambswool Throw (Blue Plaid), a rather stunning Glencairn Whiskey Glass, and a Ladies Cape (Blue Plaid), a Baseball Cap and Alpaca Scarf set, some Bulldog Fudge and a Bulldog Ornament, and even a Corgi Doormat!
They've also got some Racing Santa Christmas Crackers, British Ornament Sets for your Christmas Tree, some beautiful Heritage Candles, Glamorous Cocktails, a book on how to mix the perfect drink, a London Tea selection contained within a very colorful Big Ben tin, some traditional Lily Puds Christmas pudding, and a TARDIS Gingerbread House and a traditional TARDIS with wreath ornaments, et al.
Under their Home Entertainment banner, well, what a lot of goodies we behold here this holiday season!
First up is the 'Good Omens' Blu-ray/DVD (It takes good and evil to save the world in this adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s cult novel, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant), a quite magnificent 'Planet Earth II: 4K Ultra HD' 4-Disc Blu-ray, and a splendid 'Dynasties: 4K Ultra HD' Blu-ray package too!
Add to that mix the always-brilliant old school Doctor Who re-releases and this year our top pick is the 'Colin Baker: Complete Season Two' 6-Disc Blu-ray collection.
The remastering job on this set is quite exquisite, even if the season has itself been much maligned down the years by most all Doctor Who fans (although not me, for the record).
After an 18 month hiatus, the Doctor returned with Peri by his side to take on the Valeyard as he is put on trial by the Time Lords. This season also saw the exit of Peri (in "Mindward") and the introduction of Mel (weirdly) mid-season (in "The Terror of the Vervoids").
This season is "The Trial of a Time Lord" season; like the Tom Baker "Key to Time" series, there is an arc for the entire season, which consisted of four serials ("The Mysterious Planet", "Mindward", "The Terror of the Vervoids", and "The Ultimate Foe").
There are only a total of 14 25-minute shows ("The Ultimate Foe" is a 2-part story; the others are 4-parts), but they gel together wonderfully and for all Doctor Who fans, the season is still masterfully shot and acted.
Furthermore, this was actually quite a turbulent time for Doctor Who for the show was in trouble with BBC management. The script editor (Eric Saward) and John Nathan-Turner didn't get along, resulting in Saward quitting the show; and Robert Holmes died before he could finish the series.
The storyline is that two ships have crashed after a space battle, but the planet they have landed on is about to be destroyed. The beautiful female Drahvins seem friendly, but in fact it is the ugly Rills that are more tolerant and forgiving toward the Sixth Doctor and his companion(s).
- Extended Edits of every (14) episodes
- Terror of the Vervoids - Standalone (four-part) Special Edition
- Immersive 5.1 Surround Sound & Isolated Scores - On all 14 broadcast episodes
- Behind The Sofa - New episodes with Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Bonnie Langford, Mark Strickson, Frazer Hines and Matthew Waterhouse
- The Writers’ Room - Eric Saward, Philip Martin, Christopher H Bidmead & Waly K Daly discuss the ‘Lost’ Season 23
- The Doctor Who Cookbook Revisited - Brave cast members tackle their original recipes from the 1980s official cookbook
- The Doctor’s Table - Join Colin Baker and friends for dinner
- In Conversation - Matthew Sweet chats to companion Bonnie Langford
- Unseen Studio Footage
- Rare Archive Discoveries
- Blu-ray Trailer - Colin Baker on trial
- PDF Written Archive - Scripts & rare archival material
Other BBC Studios Blu-rays and DVDs ready to be unleashed this Holiday season include:
'Doctor Who: Jon Pertwee S4' (BR)
'Doctor Who – Complete 11th Season' (BR)
'Doctor Who: The Peter Capaldi Collection' (BR)
'Inspector Morse: Complete Series' (DVD)