Sometimes I like to watch really bad B movies and I always get a good kick out of the multiple incarnations of Godzilla movies. I like to play the home edition of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and make snarky comments while watching them. I figured NBC six-part series Revelations would be good fodder for this treatment and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. If this show was intended as an outreach to religious people in the red states then I think it would have the same effect as playing minstrel shows to outreach to blacks. Now of course my inner theologian was screaming throughout the whole thing. A baby Jesus being born again and this time without the Angel Gabriel even asking permission. A dissident nun who knows better then the Church is searching for the child and of course once again the anti-Christ is being born which is not surprising since writer/creator David Seltzer also did "The Omen." I could hardly keep from laughing as Bill Pullman plays the skeptic working hard to look skeptical and confused. I guess I was skeptical and confused whether he was acting or still trying to believe the whole stupid script. Though there were some great lines like "If they kidnap the baby, they can hold Christianity hostage." I mean what were they going to do call God the Father and say "We have your son if you love him like you said you did in John 3:16 then you gotta pay a ransom." Of course God would be suitable upset since as 1st Timothy 2:6 says about Jesus "who gave himself as a ransom for all" and God would simply reply to them "been there – done that, besides I know where you are holding him – you know – omniscience and all that."
The last episode pretty much left everything unresolved since they are trying to continue this as a regular series on the Fall schedule. Six parts was penitential enough for me. The only positive thing in the show was that it had John Rhys-Davies in it who I always love to watch, but unfortunately he had only a small part in the series.
What isn’t John Rhys-Davies in?
Wow! A nun searching for Christ…how novel! Next season, I guess she has to repudiate this and find soul-fulfilment in eco-feministic reconstruction literary theory, enneagrams, and the labyrinth. Boy, that will be fun to watch. Maybe Sr. Joan Chittister (or as I like to say “Sh*tsister) could do a cameo as her mentor(or maybe Gramick & Nugent [sounds like a folk duo from the ’60s]). In any case, if she’s gonna be a modern nun, she’s got to get crabby, cranky, disgruntled, and get a bad hairdo [and kick the veil].
Still sounds a tad more realistic than Left Behind.
Don’t you just love these quixotic Hollywood renditions of “faithful” Christians? They try to shoe horn in hedonistic and self centered beliefs into 2000 year old Gospel truths. Sentiments like, Jesus really would’ve been a woman… it’s just that Judea wasn’t ready for her at that period in time. They cast nuns in habits (mind you, they’re “happenin’ habits”) not because the producers had any respect or understanding on the meaning of why they wear them… habits/costumes make a nice visual identification, “Hey viewer! I’m a nun!” Kinda like a cinema nun logo. Directors also dig Cardinal “garb” black and magenta are the most powerful color combination in the spectrum.
I tried watching. I really did. Then my head ‘asploded.
I turned it off during the first episode when the father of the “coma-girl” threatened to make her go to church on Sunday if wasn’t good. That’s right folks….Mass is punishment for all the bad little boys and girls….
You need to watch Night of the Lepus. It is so bad it’s good. Really good.
You showed more patience then I did. I gave it up after one episode.
I just couldn’t watch it. After I saw how they were portraying nuns, why, I just couldn’t watch. Sweet, habit wearing, God fearing…why they had it all wrong, they had the old book on nuns. This nun should have had a J C Penney’s suit on, or jumper, with a Randy Butch hair cut, and a little dream catcher pin, or rainbow ribbon on her collar, holding a sign up that read ” A woman with out a man, is like a fish with out a bicycle.” She could have then just kept shoving the other actor out of the scenes and have had the spot light all to her self.
As it is…the show was a farce.