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ZARDOZ - 3 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1973 John Boorman Productions
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 8 June 2010 (updated)

The Characters:  

  • Zed - Sean Connery! He wears a red loincloth, a ponytail, and FMBs. Seeing Sean Connery dressed like that is jarring (to say the least). When he appeared wearing a bridal gown I was certain that I had to be hallucinating. I wasn't; this is just a weird movie.
  • Arthur Frayn - An "Eternal" (more on them in a bit). He imagines himself a fancy-pants magician who can change the world through selective breeding.
  • May - Eternal. Grand canoness of the Holy Order of the Ubiquitous Freckle. She has so many freckles that if you played connect the dots with a black marker it would change her racial profile.
  • Consuella - Eternal. She considers sex a violent debasement of women and hates the penis on general principle, but falls in love with Zed and bears him a son. I guess Sean Connery is just that damn sexy.
  • Friend - Eternal. He a consumate pessimist who has been defeated by a life he cannot escape. I like seeing him mess with people, but I wouldn't want to share an apartment with him.
  • Avalow - Eternal. She likes to meditate, and when she meditates she asks everyone to meditate with her. Know the type? No, of course you don't. They became extinct before 1980, though there are rumors that some survived and moved to California.
  • The Eternals - Humans who never age, and are reincarnated if they die.
  • Apathetics - Eternals who lose their interest in life, the universe, and everything. There might be forty-two of them.
  • The Tabernacle - The magical device that keeps all of the Eternals alive, and thus consigns them to unending life, even if they wish otherwise. It is eternal damnation disguised as a blessing.

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The Plot: 

Where can you find Sean Connery dressed in a loincloth, a giant flying stone head that spouts NRA rhetoric from one side of its mouth, and denounces unprotected sex from the other, and a commune filled with people who are so bored with life that they have given up on enjoying anything at all? The Seventies baby, the Seventies.

Where to start? I'd say the beginning, but I am not quite certain where or what that is in this film. I guess that I will go with where the film begins, but that is not actually so much a start as an introduction to a story already in progress. Anyway, a giant flying stone head slowly moves over the landscape. When it lands, a horde of crazy men with guns and masks congregate around the mobile idol. The executioners cry out to their God, Zardoz (that's the head, and the title of the movie). Pretty soon Zardoz speaks, and what he says is a rambling speech about guns, the penis, and shooting either of the previously mentioned objects. Having delivered his message, Zardoz vomits forth a great heap of rifles and ammunition. The savages, including Zed, all cheer.

I am no expert on religions, but Zardoz is pretty far out on the theological fringe.

In return for his favor and wisdom, Zardoz demands a tribute from his chosen ones. Huge baskets of grain are loaded into the stone head. One of the grain containers has a prize inside: Zed. He digs himself out and takes a look around inside of God's head as the massive idol lazily motors its way through the foggy English sky. Eventually, a little man in a blue robe comes out and walks around. Zed shoots him, and then watches as the surprised fellow (it's Arthur Frayn, by the way) falls out of the idol's gaping maw. Arthur disappears into the fog with barely a sound.

In other words, the little man who lives inside of God's head just fell out. I hope that eventually makes it into the gospels, just so that some day a theologian can scratch their head over such an obfuscated tidbit. No doubt the confused scholar will determine that "The little man who lives in God's head fell out" has to be a metaphor. Well, what if it isn't a metaphor? What if it's a euphemism?

Turtle-necked bishop? I don't think so.

Zed continues his journey inside of Zardoz until the Supreme Being (it's just a model) arrives at Vortex 4. That is where Arthur is from, and also the home of the rest of the Eternals that are curious where Arthur disappeared to, and where Zed came from. May is particularly interested in the dangerous barbarian, but is not afraid of Zed because she can stun him with a special stare, a power that only the Homo eternals possess. May, Consuella, Friend, and the other futuristic hippies are an artificially created branch of the human genetic line which is called Homo eternal. What are you giggling about? Why is that term so funny? It is no different than any other species from humanity's evolutionary history, such as Homo erectus. Again, you giggle. Why?

I am joking here, but I also guarantee that the mention of Homo erectus and Homo eternal has more than one reader giggling so hard that their eyes are watering. You know who you are. How old are you? Twelve?

Continuing on...

Intrigued by the violent barbarian suddenly in their midst, the Eternals study Zed. They analyze his genetics, check his health, test his abilities, and use a special machine to watch some of his memories. Now, you have to remember that Zed is an executioner, a religious fanatic who enslaves and kills other people in the name of Zardoz the almighty. Most of Zed's memories involve rape or killing, or both. What a swell guy we are blessed with as our protagonist. Granted, Zed is a product of the world he grew up in, and the world is violent due to the Eternals' meddling in population control. Maybe Zed really is a good guy at heart. It's just that it is difficult for me to ignore that Zed has spent his entire life committing rape and murder. Twenty years of crimes against humanity, and now he's a different person because he turned over a new leaf?

There are a lot of born-again Christians in prison, too.

As it turns out, Zed is physically, mentally, and genetically superior to the Eternals. He is the product of hundreds of years of natural selection and a breeding program guided by Zardoz (Arthur Frayn). While the Eternals were inventing time-consuming social etiquette just to fill the endless days of their lives, Zed's ancestors were fighting tooth and nail, blood and sweat, for the right to survive and reproduce.

The Eternals' society is tortuously rooted in traditions that are PC to the ninth degree. Violence of any sort, even verbal, is a crime. Heck, even thinking antisocial thoughts during the Eternals' "Second Level" group meditation is grounds for punishment. Unfortunately, the Eternal community created a cruel and unusual punishment for those who break their draconian laws. Nobody goes to prison, but they are made old - permanently. It is hard enough to endure perpetual life when you are thirty. Imagine being consigned to forever as a decrepit old man. Granted, they do not worry about dying while sweeping off the walk, but having to drink prune juice every day for eternity or suffering the discomfort of everlasting constipation is not an appetizing prospect.

Another problem with the Eternals is that the male libido is missing in action, and that could be a reason some of the women are so testy (if anyone needs a good shagging to loosen up, it's Consuella). The reason for the ubiquitous erectile dysfunction appears to be the lack of urgency in the Eternals' life. Nobody dies, everyone acts nice to each other, and I doubt any of the men have ever worn boxing gloves or baseball cleats in their uselessly long lives. Life is a bland mixture, served at room temperature, so that nobody is discomforted. Unfortunately, that means that nobody is especially happy, either.

Hopefully you noticed that Zed is a violent male used to life's more physical aspects, including those impossible for men suffering from ED. It's no wonder that May and some of the other frustrated Eternal women want to study him more closely. And he is Sean Connery, after all.

Zed's presence in the commune causes more than just sexual tension. During a social gathering Friend refuses to wiggle fingers with everyone else, so the other Eternals label him a renegade and turn him into a senior citizen. The rest of the Eternals finish their mental hugfest and then stand around with drapes over their heads (yes, I know, it's the '70s). The first to wake up is May, and the first thing on her mind involves Zed and a bed. Her playtime with the sexiest man alive is cut short by Consuella; during the confrontation Zed proves he can overcome the stunning stare power. That freaks Consuella out. She rounds up the other Eternals, who all grab torches and pitchforks to hunt Zed. Buildings are set on fire, freaked out super hippies run back and forth willy-nilly, but Zed has little problem avoiding the mob.

I am glad to see the Eternals taking an energetic interest in something, but why aren't they carrying firearms? So what if they don't know how to shoot; I know that Zardoz spat out some shotguns earlier.

While the Eternals' society disintegrates, Zed searches for a way to destroy the Tabernacle. He ends up inside of the crystal device. The interior of the Tabernacle is a funhouse! Mirrors are everywhere, and Zed dashes about for a while until he starts shooting at his own reflections. Amazingly, a mirror breaks and the Tabernacle is broken. Okay, maybe not so amazingly. Zed is shooting at mirrors with a .455 Webley revolver. Want 7+ years of bad luck? Shoot at a mirror with a Webley. Heck, if you were in a hall of mirrors, just throwing a heavy revolver would probably earn you a lifetime of bad luck.

The Tabernacle destroyed, the Homo eternals all revert to regular Homo sapiens. Zed's executioner friends invade the Vortex and start shooting the surprised (now inappropriately named) Eternals. Paroled from life everlasting, the Eternals' barely have time to consider their newly granted mortality before a mask-wearing barbarian gives them a crash course in the hereafter. Meanwhile, Zed impregnates May and almost a dozen of her friends before the Connery baby-batter-infused ladies flee the ruin of Vortex 4.

Oh, and the giant hydrogen-filled condoms in the Vortex courtyard explode in massive balls of fire. I don't know why a society of everlasting hippies with ED needed huge hydrogen-filled condoms, but I guess it's officially a moot point.

NOTE: I am sick and tired of people saying that I "did not get" this film. I get the film. People are not meant to live forever. I "get it," okay? Your insistence that Boorman's story has more nuances than a bottle of 20-year cognac, and that I am a stupid ground-thumping gorilla needs a reality check. That reality check is the DVD's commentary track. Want to know something? Boorman does not "get it" either. Most of the commentary consists of stuff like, "The head itself is a model." or, "She was really looking forward to being raped by Sean Connery." He also devotes an enormous amount of effort to talking about how little money they had for the production. If you like the movie, that is well and good. If you see more to the story than the director himself expressed, that is also well and good. Just don't expect me to see those same invented meanings.

What I am trying to say is that I am glad that you are friends with the magic elves that only you can see. Don't be angry that I can't see them. It's wonderful that the invisible magic elves are your special friends. Have fun playing with them.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Self-sufficient agriculture requires careful planning, adequate farmland, and rifles.
  • Ammo can be a fashion statement.
  • Memories are stored in third person perspective.
  • The enemy of my enemy is my baker.
  • Fish net looks sexy on a woman.
  • Erections sound like guitars.
  • Human DNA is made up of jellyfish, rotifers, and euglena (stop looking at me like that and find a dictionary, and a microscope, and a prescription sedative to help you deal with the little creatures that are swimming all over your body right now).
  • Guns improve biodiversity (fans of passenger pigeons and bison lovers rejoice).
  • Flowers are an impassable barrier.
  • Viagra is made by mixing Sean Connery's sweat with PAAS Easter Egg Dye.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - OH YEAH? Well, while you were sleeping we drew an onion on your chin with a permanent marker. Who is laughing now, floating disembodied head man?
  • 6 mins - This would be an awesome scene if it was accompanied by something from Judas Priest.
  • 12 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST SOMETHING!
  • 27 mins - Sean Connery just licked another man's hand!
  • 42 mins - This is...I could watch this for hours.
  • 46 mins - God forbid a squirrel decide to make a nest there.
  • 50 mins - Between the perms and the half-tops, I cannot tell the difference between men and women. I haven't been this confused since Thailand.
  • 65 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
  • 68 mins - Do you see that bald kid? He has his own cartoon on Nickelodeon. I think that he has cancer or the power to control wind and air. One of those two things.
  • 70 mins - Wait for it. Wait for it. There, the window finally broke. Slow bullet day.
  • 76 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOTS!

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note zardoz1.wav Arthur Frayn: "I am Arthur Frayn, and I am Zardoz. I have lived three hundred years, and I long to die. But death is no longer possible. I am immortal."
Green Music Note zardoz2.wav Zardoz: "You have been raised up from brutality to kill the brutals who multiply, and are legion. To this end Zardoz, your god, gave you the gift of the gun.The gun is good."
Exterminators: "The gun is good!"
Zardoz: "The penis is evil, the penis shoots seeds."
Exterminators: **Crickets chirping**
Green Music Note zardoz3.wav Consuella: "May is a great scientist, but she also has destructive tendencies."
May: "We have adequate means of controlling it. Surely we are not so vulnerable."
Consuella: "Look at it. It knows its life is at stake. Otherwise it would rape and kill, as it always has. You can see the disrupting effect."
Friend: "Let's keep it. Anything to relieve the boredom."
Green Music Note zardoz4.wav Zed: "So, if you're bad often enough, you'll die."
Friend: "They make you old, but they don't let you die."
Zed: "So what's to stop you from killing yourself?"
Friend: "I do now and again, but the Eternal Tabernacle simply rebuilds me."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Friend introduces Zed to the Apathetics. The eccentric Eternal just walks around screwing with them, while Zed tries to rape one girl. When she fails to respond, it annoys ape boy, and he shot puts her!

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Re: Zardoz
Reply #97. Posted on July 10, 2010, 05:45:38 PM by John Richardson
Hello Andrew,

I hope you see this response as I am unused to this site; my thoughts on 'Zardoz' being my first contribution/visit.
Now, you ask about Zed's true role.
I did not spell this out as it would spoil the film for any one who hadn't seen it.
Zed is not a rebel or a revolutionary.
He is instead the tool of two eternals who have created him to release them from eternity. Everything is planned (as with 'The Matrix Reloaded, there may have been previous Zeds).
This is because the Eternals have exhausted every option, including space travel. As explained in the film, that was; "....another dead end". The Eternals are falling to a 'catatonic state' ("...it's spreading through the Vortexes.")
Very briefly, Zed becomes a true Man-God, or Nazi Superman* or 'Trans-human' to use contemporary/current terms.
He has supernatural powers to control time and natural forces (the wind most dramatically).

"Meanwhile, Zed impregnates May and almost a dozen of her friends before the Connery baby-batter-infused ladies flee the ruin of Vortex 4."
I'm pretty sure this does not happen.......
Instead Zed 'revives' or perhaps 'triggers' willing eternals. Using touch.

You also ask about the films 'deeper meaning'. Yes I would certainly address this should you wish, not now as it's late. I warn you, it is frighteningly relevant to today's world. Honest.

Perhaps on reflection you might forgiver the directors rambling. He seems to be adding professional not artistic/philosophical insight. Also he's v. old. Also, he did publish a book he felt would better explain the concept, alongside the film at the time. He wondered if it might work better as a novel; so he did believe in the intellectual concept.

Regards. 


*Don't dismiss this twisted concept without honest enquiry.
Re: Zardoz
Reply #98. Posted on July 10, 2010, 05:57:10 PM by John Richardson
Drat.

Just realised I didn't explain the aged.

They were the eternal's parents.
The created the whole shebang.
Not 'renegades' exactly.
Their children called them, 'middle aged' or 'too middle aged', for their taste....... None survived their children's disappointment and so were all aged. Hence no 'original' scientists in the community Zed arrives in. They lost a power struggle with their (evil) children who discarded them.
The greatest ageing is given to the inventor of immortality. Zed speaks with him as he dies.
Friend is not telling the whole truth when he first explains transgression & punishment in the Vortex.
Re: Zardoz
Reply #99. Posted on July 10, 2010, 08:25:27 PM by Andrew
Now, you ask about Zed's true role.
I did not spell this out as it would spoil the film for any one who hadn't seen it.
Zed is not a rebel or a revolutionary.
He is instead the tool of two eternals who have created him to release them from eternity. Everything is planned (as with 'The Matrix Reloaded, there may have been previous Zeds).
This is because the Eternals have exhausted every option, including space travel. As explained in the film, that was; "....another dead end". The Eternals are falling to a 'catatonic state' ("...it's spreading through the Vortexes.")
Very briefly, Zed becomes a true Man-God, or Nazi Superman* or 'Trans-human' to use contemporary/current terms.
He has supernatural powers to control time and natural forces (the wind most dramatically).

Arthur Frayn does take credit for the selective breeding program that eventually produced Zed and his co-conspirator executioners, but Zed also throws that back into Arthur's face right before the scene at the fountain that you mentioned earlier.  Zed came about because he is the next step in evolution.  The man who made the Tabernacle says that Nature made Zed.  From the review:

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As it turns out, Zed is physically, mentally, and genetically superior to the Eternals. He is the product of hundreds of years of natural selection and a breeding program guided by Zardoz (Arthur Frayn). While the Eternals were inventing time-consuming social etiquette just to fill the endless days of their lives, Zed's ancestors were fighting tooth and nail, blood and sweat, for the right to survive and reproduce.

I see the movie's basic argument is that people were not meant to live forever.  On a personal level, becoming an Eternal removed reasons for living, the things that are the zest of life.  No babies to carry on humanity's march into the future, no frantic efforts to improve the world before death, no fear of death itself.  Just endless days stretching before the Eternals, and no way for them to have any choice in the matter.  From the review: 

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The reason for the ubiquitous erectile dysfunction appears to be the lack of urgency in the Eternals' life. Nobody dies, everyone acts nice to each other, and I doubt any of the men have ever worn boxing gloves or baseball cleats in their uselessly long lives. Life is a bland mixture, served at room temperature, so that nobody is discomforted. Unfortunately, that means that nobody is especially happy, either.


"Meanwhile, Zed impregnates May and almost a dozen of her friends before the Connery baby-batter-infused ladies flee the ruin of Vortex 4."
I'm pretty sure this does not happen.......
Instead Zed 'revives' or perhaps 'triggers' willing eternals. Using touch.

From the scene when Zed bids farewell to May and the others, I believed that he had given then children to carry on the evolution of the human race.  He does mention their sons and daughters.

My interpretation of the apathetics becoming full of life was that their exposure to Zed introduced them to something more than their flavorless existence.  The rediscovered a reason to enjoy, to struggle, to live. 

You also ask about the films 'deeper meaning'. Yes I would certainly address this should you wish, not now as it's late. I warn you, it is frighteningly relevant to today's world. Honest.

Please, when time allows for you to post such.

Drat.

Just realised I didn't explain the aged.

They were the eternal's parents.
The created the whole shebang.
Not 'renegades' exactly.
Their children called them, 'middle aged' or 'too middle aged', for their taste....... None survived their children's disappointment and so were all aged. Hence no 'original' scientists in the community Zed arrives in. They lost a power struggle with their (evil) children who discarded them.
The greatest ageing is given to the inventor of immortality. Zed speaks with him as he dies.
Friend is not telling the whole truth when he first explains transgression & punishment in the Vortex.

I believe that the renegades are populated by both the parents, the scientists who created the vortexes and the Tabernacle, and some of their children.  From what is told, there was not a power struggle between the scientists and their children.  It's just that all of the parents have gone renegade, perhaps because they were less suited to the way of life in the vortexes than the younger generation (who grew into adulthood in the confines of the vortex).
Re: Zardoz
Reply #100. Posted on July 13, 2010, 12:10:17 PM by John Richardson
'Zardoz', my understanding of it's spiritual/political import.

Now, for me 'Zardoz' is not entertainment as such. Boorman had total control following his 'Deliverance' smash hit. He chose to either make a statement or to give a warning, depending upon your view. I understand your analysis; that humans should not live forever, but surly, there is so much more going on throughout the film ? I imagine the boredom and insanity of eternity would have figured even more prominently, if that were the case.

I regard the people who enter the Vortex as being the contemporary elite that we endure in our world today.
Those who desire control over others.
Those who pursue unimaginable wealth.
Those born to expect the above & to view it as their birthright ['My Duty & My Right'; motto of our House of Windsor].
Now supplanted or joined by a new, debased, Godless, scientific/technological elite.
Who refuse to label GM food.
Who sell terminator seeds.
cont.   
Re: Zardoz
Reply #101. Posted on July 13, 2010, 12:21:12 PM by John Richardson
Those who use the Internet to exert control.
Those who invent WsMD.
Those who would 'chip' the human population.
Those who create mood altering drugs for profit; such as MDMA for example. (Who really believes that was designed as a slimming drug ?)

You can throw your own examples on the pile if you like. My point is that we are living in a unique era. We are more vulnerable to the power of elites than ever before. The technology at their disposal is terrifying. The information (about us,the natural world,human behaviour,even the human psyche) they have easy access to, when allied to new technology, affords almost supernatural power to them and their progeny.
Think I'm overstating my case ?
Re: Zardoz
Reply #102. Posted on July 13, 2010, 12:50:11 PM by John Richardson
That would be reasonable. However, I would ask you to consider reading (especially the first few pages) this short essay by Bill Joy 'Why The Future Doesn't Need Us' (2000), co founder and Chief Scientist of Sun Microsystems, co chair of the presidential commission on the future of IT research. For example he explains; "I think it is no exaggeration to say we are on the cusp of the further perfection of extreme evil, an evil whose possibility spreads well beyond that which weapons of mass destruction bequeathed to the nation-states, on to a surprising and terrible empowerment of extreme individuals."
Yes.
Andrew, these 'extreme individuals' are real. They exist today and they are not idle.
For example, see You-tube; 'Bill Gates Admits Vaccines Are Used for Human Depopulation'. If you are unfamiliar with these topics you will be shocked.
Re: Zardoz
Reply #103. Posted on July 13, 2010, 01:21:25 PM by John Richardson
Any sane person would be.
'Zardoz' is a warning.
These elite notions of technological immortality are powerful ideas.They go back to Thomas Malthus. Boorman is flagging them up. Andrew, if you study the eugenicist movement and their actions & beliefs, ;you would surly conclude the world of Zed was not 'dying' as explained. Instead it was murdered. The elite murdered it. They exterminated Billions another contributors to this site mentioned 'the Illuminate' in reference to 'Zardoz', he was correct. The elite did not hide from catastrophe, they caused it & then inherited the Earth. (Friend admits the technology was for space travel, lucky they were able to work so quickly amid social breakdown ? Hardly.)This is the reason the Exterminators exist you see. As 'man would spread like a pestilence across the land' if not murdered by them. Did you ever wonder why the eternals did not use their technological power to help the savage survivors ? Why they are not developing civilisation? They did not become immortal to survive. No. The whole point was the quest for perfection, the deaths of the common rabble an irrelevance. This is the statement Boorman was making, 'This is the future planned for the masses; savagery and madness. Technology makes the elite's dark fantasies a possibility. Nature will be the self correcting factor. Eventually.'
I disagree with his statement but respect his warning.
If I am correct it would explain his reserved, technical voice over I suppose.
As for 'not getting it' the whole point of 'Zardoz' is that we don't 'all get it'. Boorman obviously has real sympathy with the elite. Neither did I at first, but as another blogger here wrote,'There was something about the film....I couldn't get it out of my mind'.
Well. I warned you it was heavy.
Try, if you would, to find the time to peruse those above two sources. This topic is so strange, original 'references' are more necessary than usual.
I look forward to any response you might post here.

Regards. 
Re: Zardoz
Reply #104. Posted on July 14, 2010, 02:48:49 PM by Andrew
These elite notions of technological immortality are powerful ideas.They go back to Thomas Malthus. Boorman is flagging them up. Andrew, if you study the eugenicist movement and their actions & beliefs, ;you would surly conclude the world of Zed was not 'dying' as explained. Instead it was murdered. The elite murdered it. They exterminated Billions another contributors to this site mentioned 'the Illuminate' in reference to 'Zardoz', he was correct. The elite did not hide from catastrophe, they caused it & then inherited the Earth. (Friend admits the technology was for space travel, lucky they were able to work so quickly amid social breakdown ? Hardly.)This is the reason the Exterminators exist you see. As 'man would spread like a pestilence across the land' if not murdered by them. Did you ever wonder why the eternals did not use their technological power to help the savage survivors ? Why they are not developing civilisation? They did not become immortal to survive. No. The whole point was the quest for perfection, the deaths of the common rabble an irrelevance. This is the statement Boorman was making, 'This is the future planned for the masses; savagery and madness. Technology makes the elite's dark fantasies a possibility. Nature will be the self correcting factor. Eventually.'

I believe that I understand your argument for the film's deeper meaning.  However, there is not a scene in the film that supports the idea that the Eternals caused the downfall of civilization.  From the scene with the scientists and their children, and the little speech given, it appears that the world is going to Hell in a handbasket and the Eternals effectively shut it out.  They used their technology to wall themselves off from the misery, poverty, starvation, and war that consumed everything else.  Such comes the scene with the refugees staring across the invisible wall into the idyllic paradise of the Eternals.

Also, there are different classes of elite in modern human culture.  Scientific is one of them, and appears to be the one represented by the Eternals, but most of your examples appear to be more targeted at the power elite.

I disagree with your argument about the elite causing the savagery and madness endured by others.  Besides Arthur's selective breeding program and forced labor for growing crops (which must be a limited scope - he is still only one person), the Eternals do not meddle in the affairs of the people outside the vortex.  Even the forced farming must be fairly recent, as Zed's comments indicate it was a new development that did not sit well with him.  So, the Eternals just turned their back on the rest of the world as it fell into chaos.  Granted, they could have tried to help civilization to rebuild, but that also doesn't fit with how the Eternal society is portrayed.  Unless something affects them or their harmony, such as disturbing thoughts during group meditation, they are too self-engrossed to care.

The idea of an elite caste controlling technology that so outpaces that available to the average person is interesting.  It has been covered in a number of books and stories as well.  In some, everyone eventually becomes more equal due to the tech being shared.  In others, the worst case scenario like you depict is the result.
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