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Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs meet the Revilla drug gang in front of "The Sphere" at the World Trade Center in a 1985 episode of "Miami Vice."
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Arguably the best season of Miami Vice was the most day-glo “Eighties” season of the top-rated cop show starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas – Season 2, which kicked off on September 27, 1985 with the two-hour episode “The Prodigal Son.”

This one has a great guest cast (Penn Jillette, Gene Simmons of KISS, Charles Dutton and Pam Grier, among others) and awesome ’85 pop, including “Pride (In the Name of Love)” by U2, “You Belong to the City” by Glenn Frey and “Take Me Home” by Phil Collins.

Crockett and Tubbs take leave from Miami to head up to New York City to track down a vicious Colombian drug gang that has killed some feds. But the going isn’t going to be easy in the Big Apple.

Naturally, when the two vice cops arrive in New York, images of top New York landmarks are shown, including a vertigo-inducing shot showing the Twin Towers from street level and against a cloud-flecked blue sky.

And speaking of “blue,” there is a particularly odd scene in this episode where Crockett and Tubbs go to the NYPD and are continually interrupted by a deranged “blue man,” played by the actor Kevin Anderson. It was one of Anderson’s first screen roles. He would go on to play the character Andy Dufresne in a London theatrical version of Stephen King’s The Shawshank Redemption. As I write this, two escaped prison convicts are on the run somewhere in northern New York State. Media reports are comparing the situation to The Shawshank Redemption. Of course, Tim Robbins - a sync resonator - starred as Andy in the Shawshank film, and was in the esoteric Jacob's Ladder a few years earlier.

Said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of the prison escape grabbing headlines today: “This was the first breakout since 1865 and I want to make sure that it’s the last.” Wow. 150 years!

And speaking of "blue men," The Blue Man Group released a song/video in 2002 called "Exhibit 13," an eerie tribute to those killed on 9/11/01.

But back to “The Prodigal Son.”

We won’t see much of the World Trade Center Twin Towers until later in the episode, and it’s quite unexpected.

But before we get to that, there is a very telling encounter that Crockett and Tubbs have in a Wall Street banker’s office. The powerful and influential J.J. Johnston is played by a strange character actor named Julian Beck who would die 13 days before this Miami Vice episode aired. Yes, it was Sept. 14, 1985, the same day Casey Kasem recorded his infamous "Snuggles" the dead dog tribute (Sirius-ly?), and around the time I saw Back to the Future for the first time.

Johnston knows a lot of information about Crockett and Tubbs’s financial history and seems like an uber-wealthy, powerful and sinister person who is profiting from the Colombians.

Arrogantly, Johnston tells the Miami duo that there is little they can do and they should move on. Things are done differently in New York. And if the Colombian Revilla family don’t keep their loan agreement with Johnston’s bank, it would be devastating, so the bank makes sure law enforcement doesn’t interfere with the cartel’s illegal activities.

As they leave Johnston’s office, Crockett defiantly turns to Johnston and says: “I can’t touch you, I know that. Too many roadblocks, politics, favors. But you’re dirty, ace, and I’m patient.”

Oddly, the skeletal, malevolent Johnston character reminded me of Larry “Pull it!” Silverstein, the New York developer who made a killing out of insurance payouts after the 9/11 occult “mega-ritual.”

And speaking of killing, there is a lot of it done when Crockett and Tubbs, pretending to be drug dealers, meet the Revilla family in Austin J. Tobin Plaza, between the Twin Towers, in front of Fritz Koenig’s iconic “Sphere,” a bronze sculpture placed there in 1971. A shoot-out takes place in the plaza.

Synchromystic researcher and magus Jake Kotze wrote about “The Sphere” in 2006, noting how the sculpture acts as a “bulls-eye” and a fountain surrounding it, alluding to the idea of a stargate or “water door.”

Another bit of 9/11 foreshadowing (there seemed to be a lot of it in 1985 – note Joe Alexander’s Back to the Future video or this Dust Devil Dreams piece “Patterns emerge” and "Time Bomb Town," and others, of course).  

Interestingly, Koenig’s work was meant to symbolize “world peace through world trade” and that the ring of fountains and other “decorative touches” were placed there by World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki “to mimic the Grand Mosque of Mecca, Masjid al-Haram” in which The Sphere “stood at the place of the Kaaba.” The Sphere, did survive 9/11, and was moved to another park. 

Interesting.

And what syncs with that, for me, was moments before we saw Crockett and Tubbs (who find themselves in many rooms with black-and-white checkerboard floors) walking into the WTC plaza, in the direction of The Sphere and a bloody gun battle, is that the camera focused on a “crescent moon” in the sky. The image then overlays the crescent moon image over one of the Twin Towers.

The crescent moon is much revered as a symbol in Islam and is featured - along with the "Earthshine" star - on many flags of Muslim-majority governments. And while alleged Muslim terrorists were blamed, we don't believe the alleged hijackers to be the masterminds. This was a very, very secret and occult operation. A mega-ritual.

In one of the final scenes, after the shootout at the WTC plaza, Crockett chases the Colombian drug kingpin to a nearby waiting helicopter. It takes off and Crockett shoots it. The helicopter struggles to stay aloft and at one point appears to be heading for one of the towers of the WTC, only to crash and explode first. 

It's eerie, all that violence and death in and around the World Trade Center some 16 years before the towers collapsed into dust. And for some reason, in 1985, clues were really starting to become apparent about what lay in the future. 

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