Unfortunately, like a lot of America’s teenagers, I anticipated the release of this movie. Why? Just by viewing the trailer alone you can guess why. Disney’s up to their old tricks again! Only this time, it’s more than just symbolism…
Let me give you a basic rundown of the plot: Cody wants to go to Yale (why his fascination with Yale? Skull & Bones!), so he does some project with Dolphins to get an internship, to hopefully succeed in this to get his recommendations for Yale. During all this, Zack is being the annoying brother who sabotages Cody’s future. Cody gets fired from his internship, but then winds up at a new project: The Gemini Project. This is basically it, but all through the movie, you have your Disney kid humor, brothers wanting to not be brothers, Cody’s girlfriend hating him until the end, and the Asian girl acting stupid. How come kids/teenagers don’t get tired of the same jokes?
The Gemini Project aims at merging twins to be a part of one consciousness. But this isn’t the fictional project’s aims, it’s what ‘The Elites’ actually desire. To create a ‘hive mind’ that will combine the Human species’ intelligence into one technological brain; “The Hive Mind”.
“Hive Mind : A type of collective consciousness where individuality is stifled; a state of conformity; also written hivemind”.
There might be a drug, which, without other harmful effects, removed the urgency of sexual desire, and so, reproduced in humanity the status of workers in a beehive.” – Charles Darwin
In the movie, they actually use this term to explain what ‘the bad guy’ wants. He wants to create this Hive Mind for the betterment of the species, but he also wants to control the Twins involved. See, when he creates this, he can give orders to the twins to carry out his bidding. So, when Zack & Cody disobey ‘the bad guy’, all the other twins involved in the project go after them. These twins are already under the hive mind, so ‘the bad guy’ has full control over what they do. This is where the Mind Control bit comes in. They go after Z&C, chanting, “Get Zack & Cody, Get Zack & Cody, Get Zack & Cody” for 10 straight minutes. It was hypnotizing to watch, and rather annoying too…
Anyway, you get the gist of it, sorry I couldn’t provide you with clips of the things I’m talking about. In Disney Tricks Chapter 2, I will include this movie, along with other Disney Hive Mind symbolism (eg: Tron Legacy).