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A DRAMATIC TV SERIES

CREATED BY DAVID E. TOLCHINSKY

Produced by Institutional Quality Productions

 
 
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As we track cult leader Wilhelm Reich’s life in the past, in the present a professor sets out to recreate Reich’s experiments and devices in an attempt to discover the truth about sex, health, and the universe and why Reich was so demonized. 

 
 
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Series Overview

As he hangs from the rafters of a library, Sullivan Grabowski -- a religious studies professor who’s decided he’ll never discover the truth about the universe or why his body doesn’t feel right even though doctors tell him he’s fine -- kicks open a magazine from the 50s about Wilhelm Reich’s books being burned. Sullivan frees himself from the noose and starts researching Reich:

We’re in 1930s Vienna. Reich does therapy, breaking down his male patient’s defenses by slapping him when he’s too agreeable, forcing him to reveal his true personality beneath his character “armor.” Sigmund Freud tells Reich that he will be his successor, that "armor" is an amazing metaphor. But Reich says it’s not a metaphor, but real -- armor prevents our true personalities from coming through, which holds back real energy which powers neuroses. Freud warns Reich not to persist in this talk of real energy. Frustrated, Reich has sex with his female patient and in the middle he ponders what sex is. The expulsion of excess energy? But what kind of energy?

Reich names the energy orgone energy. He takes to the street – advocating for sex clinics, for the health value of sex, for the need for couples to have mutually satisfying sex. He founds Orgonon devoted to the study of orgone. He invents the orgone accumulator, which surrounds you with this energy and makes you feel better. He conducts the oranur experiment, releasing deadly radiation and decides there are two kinds of orgone – good orgone and deadly orgone. He invents a cloudbuster which supposedly can make rain or prevent rain. He begins to think the universe is made up of orgone energy . . . it’s the truth that no one talks about. . .

Sullivan decides he has to go where Reich was, and recreate his devices and experiments. What was it about Reich that was so scary that the government felt the need to burn his books and throw him in prison? Reich might hold the answer to everything. On the other hand, Reich might have been psychotic. But Sullivan has to know. . .

We see how Sullivan’s obsession is affecting his relationship with his spouse Jane, Jane who is becoming increasingly distant and starting to have an affair. We see how Sullivan’s children are in trouble as well.

And we see how two time periods – Reich’s and Sullivan’s -- are connected by worries about what makes people strangely ill and what might make them better, even if the answer doesn’t match with what we’ve been taught.

What’s at stake: This is Sullivan’s last chance to find the meaning of the universe. And if he fails, well that’s it/he’ll kill himself. Also, government forces seem to be taking an interest in Sullivan’s work. Maybe Sullivan will discover that it’s not just his own health and need to discover the truth about Reich and the universe that ultimately matter. Maybe it’s his spouse and his children. . . whose lives are in danger. . .

A 10-part series, 30-40 minutes per episode.

 

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