Hard Sun of the Apocalypse

Richard Stanley

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Hulu and the BBC have created a new pre-apocalyptic themed series, the Hard Sun, that is merged with the ever popular homicide detective genre. So far, it is a very complex show, with a lot of threads, motivations and hidden agendas. It thus allows for some rather complicated dynamics between the characters.

As per the name of the show, the series opens with the lead characters coming upon evidence of NASA research that the Earth will be destroyed in 5 years time, hence the name Hard Sun. Apparently the Sun will have a massive disturbance which will extinguish life on Earth. Their possession of this evidence unleashes the forces of MI5 against them, but is this MI5 group sanctioned or rogue in their motivations to suppress the NASA report?

The main thread is complicated because DI Elaine Renko has been assigned to DCI Charlie Hicks crime investigative squad with a hidden agenda (from somewhere above in the Metropolitan Police bureaucracy or perhaps elsewhere) to obtain evidence that Hicks had murdered his prior colleague and best friend, and of whom Hicks has been sleeping with his murdered friend's wife and now widow.

Hicks, meanwhile, is now being pressured by MI5 to obtain the NASA report (on a USB drive) which has been hidden variously by Renko. Renko has some skeletons in her closet and is being leveraged by this.

The subsequent episodes have murders, driven by disturbed individuals taken over the edge by knowledge of the partially leaked Hard Sun report to the media. It was leaked, at the beginning of the first episode, by Renko so as to save both herself and Hicks from being terminated by the MI5 group, whose prime directive is to suppress the report at any cost.

At one point in the third episode the verse Luke 21:25 (highlighted in red below) is displayed above a doorway. I have given the subsequent verses for some context.

The Return of the Son of Man (aka The Second Coming, or in our Postflavian Futurist context: the 'second' Second Coming)
(also see: Matthew 24:26-31; Mark 13:24-27)

Luke 21, KJV:
25And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree
(see also: Matthew 24:32-35; Mark 13:28-31)

29And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 33Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

The first season has 6 episodes, of which I have watched 4. So far, not much progress has been made in seeing how things might advance as to any knowledge as to taking actions in regards to the NASA foretold apocalpyse. Is the NASA report for real, or is it some kind of fear propaganda? Is the entire show itself a form of fear propaganda hiding under the entertainment aspect?

However, the lead MI5 agent has informed Hicks that her motivation in taking action, is not official, but rather a rogue motivation, based upon her desire to have the remaining 5 years play out as if everything was normal (I guess the SNAFU principle). It doesn't seem plausible, so maybe there is something else going on, that will be 'revealed' later on? Episode 5, which I have not seen yet, is tantalizingly titled: "Not the End of the World", which is the thesis of my apocalyptic analysis in Apocalypse How.
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