Having seen that this series was coming soon here in Spain I did not want to read the comments on this post before that. Tonight I have seen part 1... well, I didn't finish it, I had enough.
I am atheist, but I have no problem watching movies or series about the Bible. In fact, I enjoyed past versions of it, but this one...
a) After seing that Asian angel with the two swords killing people first thing I imagined was Sulu in the last Star Trek movie. In fact I have read the credits just to see if JJ Abrams was involved.
b) In many sequences I also thought that those where klingons disguised as humans killing people in the name of God. Too bloody, if I may say, being about the Bible. And always shouting "Aaaaaaargh!!!! Aaaaargh!!!!". Definetely klingons.
c) Jedis and Siths everywhere, or at least that was the first impresson with some characters.
d) Although I understand that the Bible is a huge book and there are many stories to tell and not everything can be filmed. But the storytelling was very poor in many cases, like Sanson and Dalila. Very short indeed, everything went too quick...
Well, I could say many more things but I see that my impression is the same as some of you. A lot of action, good special effects but poor storytelling. I am definetelly not going to watch part two tomorrow.
Oh, and the other versions I mentioned before that I enjoyed are:
. The Ten Commandements (directed by Cecil B. DeMille, 1956)
. The Bible: In the Beginning (directed by John Huston, 1966)
. The Prince of Egypt (Dreamworks, 1998)
... and a couple that I don't remember right now.