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On this week’s annotated deep dive, The Cultists Present Roger Christian’s Battlefield Earth (2000). Based on L. Ron Hubbard’s novel of the same name, and officially hailed twelve years after its release as “the worst movie of the decade,” some viewers simply blamed Battlefield’s icy reception on its fundamental failures at filmmaking, while others remained further concerned about the film’s possible nefarious subliminal plot to brainwash “The Youth” into the Church of Scientology. In preparation for this journey, London spent way too much time learning about the history and doctrines of Scientology to assess if BE is an “OT”, while Benji actually did the reading—all 1050 pages of Hubbard’s sprawling pulpy sci-fi anti-psychiatry propaganda romp across space.
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