Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Is This a Thinly Veiled Attack on Scientology? --
This Los Angeles Times story claims that CBS is mulling a pilot for a series by Star Trek II director Nicholas Meyer about an organization with similarities to Scientology.

According to a copy of the script, "Orpheus" concerns Guy (Nicholas D'Agosto), a young would-be lawyer whose whirlwind romance with small-town siren Sue Ellen (Mena Suvari) sidetracks him into a shadowy, menacing group called "Grand Design," or GD. GD attracts new believers with a bestselling quasi-philosophical book akin to Hubbard's "Dianetics" and, like Scientology, uses a complicated ranking system for followers. GD-ers even boast of their exploits on behalf of victims of Hurricane Katrina, recalling similar missions publicized by Scientologists.
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