Well if you are a biblical scholar, yes you can find plenty of objections, sorry
that they missed Joseph and his coat of many colors, but then you would
find those who saw the musical objecting to the telling of the real story, or
the building of the idol by the Israelite while Moses was on the Mount. But
hopefully there will be interest stimulated in going to the Bible and learning
for themselves the rest of the story. I have read the Bible front to
back numerous times and find myself in the Book of Exodus even now and I never
find it boring or without finding something I missed the last time. What never
ceases to surprise me is the continuous repetition by man to repeat behavior
that has brought nothing but heartache to previous generations. Failure to study
history is partly responsible for that. Educate yourself, Read the Bible!.
Cats, I feel your pain. Some recreations are just too off, even from the
historic script. Would you apply the same standards to LDS
productions? My pioneer grandmother used to laugh at the Hollywood versions of
the pioneers, who she said were "way too scrubbed" to be believed. Her
heavy iron was used only for Sunday worship in a building. I guarantee you
there were no ironed frocks on the trail. Her photo albums revealed a different
reality: women of 30 who looked 60; very gnarly-looking children;
unpleasant-looking, toothless men in some photos.It is quite an
education to visit a DUP (Daughters of the Utah Pioneers) Museum, if you
haven't. The true photographs there make a mockery of all the 20th-century
church-made slick flicks. Joseph and Emma could be Hollywood stock. And where
are the "other" wives in any production?The book is always
the best journal of truth.
Ha! Had a good laugh reading all the reviews here. I agree with many of the
critiques for various reasons, even though I enjoyed the message and the effort.
We all know it's a movie of real life from ancient history, and we'd
probably be shocked at a peek into reality. I would have enjoyed
more Middle Eastern features, a beautiful Sarah, and more Hebrew-looking Jews in
Egypt and Sinai, too. Yeah, lose those Ninja's! Neither Aryan Moses,
Charleton Heston, or Nordic Jeffery's Jesus were believable either. I WILL
take a scrappy Noah locked in an ark of animal dung! But you can only do so
much on a budget, as Roma explained. And we don't need American accents
for a universal audience, dudes.All preferences aside, I celebrated
the production and feel God is in the details. If it sends you back to His
original Word, then Mission Accomplished.
I watched the first episode, and found it mildly entertaining, but was
disappointed by its Bullet Point approach. Abraham was unconvincing, as he and
Sara were very old, I too LOL at the Ninja angels. Major timelines were skipped
such as the Joseph story and how the Israelites got to Egypt. Way too cocky of
a Moses, (spoiled by Charlton Heston). Missed out on why 40 years in the
desert, what happened to Moses? My point is that if you were unfamiliar or only
vaguely familiar with the bible stories it may have left you scratching your
head at times. May I suggest that you record it and watch at a later time so
you can F/F through all those endless commercials!
What a surprize to see a quality show get the most viewers. The graphic and
numbing CSI episodesare finally able to be topled by the Bible. This shows
that people will watch more spiritual and values based programs.
Re; Cats, There's no reason historical figures always need to be depicted
as dirty, scruffy and unkempt. They knew how to wash themselves and comb their
hair.Poor Cats, I can relate, I spent 1969-1970 in the humid jungles of
Laos and Vietnam, there were troops so dirty they were not allowed to enter the
chow halls on AF bases unless they took a shower which were not always
available. There were rivers where I was, but we needed to lookout for various
poisonous snakes looking for giant rats. In the villages the flys were so
thick they covered chicken hanging on food poles. The villagers were happy to
eat a delicacy, ricebugs. Plus the VC were trying to kill us.We should be more concerned with,…” rid of all moral filth and the
evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can
save you.”(James 1:21 NIV)
This series was pretty much panned by the major reviewers. In spite of that it
garners the most viewers. I'd say there is a market for family programming.
Didn't see it but I am going to get out the copy of "Ten
Commandments" with Charleston Heston. That was a movie!
"...an advance copy of a book version of the series." Isn't there
already a book...?
Dear Star Bright: The fact is, pioneers actually did take care of themselves
the best they could, even while they were traveling across the plains. They
bathed at night in the river and washed their clothes. Believe it or not, they
actually ironed their clothes with those old heavy irons all across the plains.
Once they got to Utah, they took care of themselves and kept as clean and
groomed as possible. There's no reason historical figures
always need to be depicted as dirty, scruffy and unkempt. They knew how to wash
themselves and comb their hair.I wanted to like it and I'm
going to try watching again. Unfortunately, it's really hard to depict
biblical figures since everyone has their own idea about what they were like.
I watched it, but I am not a fan. It was just ok until the Ninja angels cleaned
out Sodom. Really??? Ninjas??? That is what my grand son called them and I
agree, we were waiting later on for the Hulk to help out too. The
British accents from all the actors made it silly, they could have neutralized
it a bit, and given it a more middle east flavor. Then when the
young Moses was shown, I about lost it. He looked like some sort of a scarey
alien. Come on, he had to be the son of a friend or how else would would he
have gotten the part. The older Moses looked like a reject from the Hobbit
movies. I wanted to like this program, but I just thought it was a
terrible presentation I guess what I was expecting was more like
the very good TNT Bible stories from about 20 yrs ago. Those were top quality
and I loved them. But I just couldn't get over the silly presentation this
time around. Not for me this time.
This series may "resonate" with a number of people, but the p;producers
can count us out as viewers due to the gore and incredible amounts of blood.'This isn't a family friendly series; it is a "R"
rated movie being shown on TV.
I don't often agree with Cats, but this time I do. It is really silly to
think the "blue faced savages" of yesteryear were all dirty, disgusting
people. They had soap, water (running streams, wells, etc.), and every reason to
stay clean and presentable -- just as much as we do today.Good
It's because the bible is inerrant truth, of course.
I completely forgot about *the Bible* show & might give it a try On
Demand.On a tangent, Vikings on History just wasn't
captivating. Gabriel Byrne as the head Norseman? Really?
Wow! Dirty faces and clothes. Too bad they didn't go to the laundramat
before the filming. For Heaven's sakes remember what era we are talking
about. I sometimes wonder how the women pioneers stood all they had to go
through and they were unable to wash their clothes, their hair. My only
comment - it was hard to realize all the evil and the wars/fighting etc., that
went on. I know it was true, but sometimes hard to watch. Otherwise
I'm pleased that the ratings were so good and showed that there are people
out there who want to see the story of the Bible on film.Thanks to Roma
Downey and her husband for putting it on at great expense to themselves. I will
be watching all the other shows.
I'm sorry to say this, but I watched about 20 minutes of it and turned it
off. I really wanted to like it, but I'm so sick of seeing movies where
everyone has dirty faces, hair all matted and clothes that look like burlap.
Everyone and everything just looked dirty and unkempt. I don't see why
biblical and historical productions always need to depict it that way. I
believe people in those days also knew how to wash their faces and comb their
hair. I'm sorry, I just didn't like it and I found the
characters unconvincing. Maybe I'll watch some more and see if I feel
I have been wanting to watch this for months and had to work on Sunday. Does
anyone know where I can find it?
Was anyone in Utah watching?! I know there was interest in the Mormon dad
& son. Just hope the DVRs were set, because this was a unique opportunity
to revisit our religious heritage.Thank you for reporting on it.
There's a hunger for quality TV programming that's been going unmet
for a long time.
The fresh approach and unknown actors made it very realistic for us. That they
stayed true to the text made it a moving experience.Congrats to the
hard work of all involved.