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If you watched part 1, what was your impression of it?

I liked it a lot.
1 (16.7%)
It was OK.
0 (0%)
It seemed like a "Reader's Digest Condensed" version of the "Book."
2 (33.3%)
Didn't like it.
0 (0%)
Warning - Revelations 22:19.
3 (50%)

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Author Topic: History Channel's "The Bible" series.  (Read 360 times)

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Offline AlecWest

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History Channel's "The Bible" series.
« on: March 11, 2013, 12:40:55 pm »
It just aired recently and I'm interested in seeing a consensus among viewers.

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Re: History Channel's "The Bible" series.
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2013, 03:02:39 pm »
Since I work nights, don't watch much any BOOBTUBE, didn't know it was on.  Wouldn't have watched even if I had known.

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Re: History Channel's "The Bible" series.
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2013, 03:34:59 pm »

Since I work nights, don't watch much any BOOBTUBE, didn't know it was on.  Wouldn't have watched even if I had known.


Not being a Judeo-Christian personally, I can understand.  But, I do like the direction the History Channel is taking toward history as a "study model."  It's far better than the "what's in it for me" type of history seen on their other shows like "Pawn Stars," "Cajun Pawn Stars," and "American Pickers.  However, I admit to watching the "American Pickers" show where they helped William Shatner fix up one of his country homes (assuming he has more than one).

The sad part?  Insofar as Part 1 is concerned, it seemed to be a real "rush job" and, as such, omitted certain significant history.  At one time, I considered myself a Christian - and know that Revelations 22:19 tells people that if they "take away" from scripture, God would take their names out of the book of life - meaning either Hell or eternal limbo for the film editors (grin).

Hehe, at the risk of blasphemy, there's one story from last night's show that I'd like to redo (and in so doing, risk the plagues promised in Revelations 22:18).  God and his angels (who had impressive martial arts skills) were destroying Sodom.  But, he allows Lot and his family to escape ... under one condition.  As they flee, they must NOT look back at Sodom.  Lot's wife, being a curious sort, looks back - and God turns her into a pillar of salt.  Lot and his children continue to flee.  THAT is where I'd change the story (grin).  Instead, I'd let Lot's family continue to flee - but only if they took the pillar of salt with them.  Then, once at a safe distance, they'd use tools to break up the pillar - putting the salt in bags.  After all, during that time in history, salt was a very valuable commodity (grin).  Lot could have made a "lot" of money selling the salt, hehehe.

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Re: History Channel's "The Bible" series.
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2013, 06:41:29 pm »
That Chinese Kung-Fu Swordmaster Angel sliced right through my interest in the show. I turned it off at the point you mentioned and never gave it another look.
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Re: History Channel's "The Bible" series.
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2013, 11:15:12 pm »

That Chinese Kung-Fu Swordmaster Angel sliced right through my interest in the show. I turned it off at the point you mentioned and never gave it another look.


To me, that part was "pure Hollywood" - perhaps trying to attract the attention of a younger audience.  I recently watched episode 2 and have even more reservations about the series.  As a non-Judeo-Christian, I suppose I don't have a reason to complain.  But as someone who used to consider himself a Christian, the sheer brevity they apply to Biblical history would seem insulting to true believers.  But, I'll continue to watch the series to see if it has a few redeeming qualities.

BTW, getting back to part 1, I have to admit to a mischievous chuckle during the scenes dealing with Abraham.  Sarah, his wife, seemed very insistent that he sleep with Hagar, their servant girl - because Sarah herself was barren and couldn't have children.  But after the birth of Ishmael, son of Hagar and Abraham, Sarah treated Abraham with either anger or aloofness.  Hehe, and I couldn't help saying, "For Pete's sake, lady, it was your idea in the first place."

Anyhow, I just hope they keep the appearances of those "Jedi-Knight-like" Angels to a minimum.

P.S.  I really do think the Bible deserves a proper dramatization.  But my idea of "proper" would probably be once-a-week episodes spread out over 52 weeks (104 hours).

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Re: History Channel's "The Bible" series.
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2013, 05:57:14 pm »
I absolutely AM a Christian, but I fully understand that whatever was actually written down in the original scriptures has been rewritten and translated, and most likely added to and subtracted from, about a thousand times into hundreds of languages over thousands of years. So, I don't necessarily believe that every word in "The Word of God" is literal truth in all its minute detail. However, there are limits to how much "Hollywoodizing" I can accept in ANY program that is supposed to be relatively accurate historically. Kung Fu swordmaster angels are well over that line.
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Re: History Channel's "The Bible" series.
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2013, 08:49:49 pm »
I can't imagine any video version of the whole anthology we call "The Bible" being any good.   Also, I don't get cable!  NOPE when there is nothing over the air, I watch Star Trek Fan Films!

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Re: History Channel's "The Bible" series.
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2013, 10:40:43 pm »
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.




 

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