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jeff house
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posted 12 April 2005 04:23 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So, now NBC will have a prime time tc series predicting that "the endtimes" have come.

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COULD THE END OF DAYS BE NEAR? -- "Revelations," a six-hour event series starring Bill Pullman ("Independence Day") as Harvard professor Dr. Richard Massey, an astrophysicist who is certain that all worldly events can be explained by Science.

In the series premiere, Dr. Massey is dealing with the tragic murder of his 12-year-old daughter by a maniacal murderer, Isaiah Haden (Michael Massee, "24"), who was captured and imprisoned.

After a strange course of events, Massey is challenged by a nun, Sister Josepha Montafiore (Natascha McElhone, "Solaris"), who leads him on a journey through the unfamiliar world of faith. Drawn together by personal tragedy, these unlikely partners -- one who worships God and one who worships Science -- are propelled into a deepening mystery, finding evidence that the world, as predicted by The Book of Revelation, has reached The End of Days.


http://www.nbc.com/Revelations/


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skdadl
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posted 12 April 2005 04:30 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What I hate most about this is that that spelling -- Revelations -- is going to be fixed in even more minds and turn up even more frequently as an error in people's writing.
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Hephaestion
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posted 12 April 2005 05:26 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, it's official. It's no longer "NBC: The Peacock Network", it's "NBC: the Pee-YOOK Network".

[ 12 April 2005: Message edited by: Hephaestion ]


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venus_man
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posted 12 April 2005 05:45 PM      Profile for venus_man        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Surely, they may get what they are calling for and so eagerly expecting and attracting (The End of Days that is).
For the rest of the civilised world thought- the apocalypse has been expired.
Armageddon however implies positive actions and thinking. No whining attitude of the dogmatic church is acceptable and in fact appreciated.

[ 12 April 2005: Message edited by: venus_man ]


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Surferosad
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posted 12 April 2005 09:40 PM      Profile for Surferosad   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's just a bit of the old "pandering to the lowest common denominator in search of the almighty ratings". Ah, the things a lowly TV exec can do for some precious Nielsen points!

15 minutes of commercials per hour, stupid reality shows, infomercials, propaganda, fake news, fluff and now religious bullshit... And some of my friends don't understand why I stopped watching TV!

[ 13 April 2005: Message edited by: Surferosad ]


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brebis noire
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posted 12 April 2005 09:51 PM      Profile for brebis noire     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What I find to be a truly odd probability is that many people will end up thinking that this show is a TV portrayal of what's written in the book of Revelation (thanks, skdadl...for me, c'est simplement l'Apocalypse!) rather than a whole new fictional story - possibly also written under the effect of hallucinogens. It'll be just another small, incremental effect on wacko USian Christianity.
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B_Nichol
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posted 14 April 2005 09:57 PM      Profile for B_Nichol   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Did anyone else watch this? I had to out of morbid curiosity, and it didn't disappoint.
lowlights:
When acknowledging God may be a possible theory to the universe, John Rhys-Davies' cosmologist character beseeches the ceiling "... but why won't he show himself!"
Near the end, the nun makes it known that the hospital is out to harvest the organs of a young lightning victim the moment her heart stops; she has been diagnosed as brain dead within a day of having been struck. The hero, Bill Pullman, a lecture-circuit professor/biblical-sceptic manages to bring the girl back with a touch.
Anyway, it struck me as very coincidental, so soon after the Schiavo case.
Besides some of the weird and wacky events, the story didn't really spin: I felt liked I was being hit over the head with the messsage in nearly every scene. Boy, them non-believers and scientist types are gonna get theirs in the end.
Unlike last year's Taken, which was a fictional story based on a rather new myth (Roswell), Revelation never hinted or teased the story path, it just makes sure you know what the writers want. As a fictional story based on an old myth, I thought they could have done a waaaay better job.
'course, I could toss a prayer or two in, just in case... right? No hard hard feelings?

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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 14 April 2005 11:28 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I give it a
out of five possible eye rolls. Too bad the MST3K crew isn't around to send this one up.

It stinks!


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Hephaestion
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posted 15 April 2005 05:37 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Egalitarian American:
Too bad the MST3K crew isn't around to send this one up.

It stinks!


Whaaaaaaat?! With both Bill Pullman AND John Rhys-Davies in it?! How can that beeeeee?!


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kingblake
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posted 15 April 2005 05:40 AM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Religious Right Takes Over TV
Doesn't surprise me. Luckily I seem to have routed their latest attempt at taking over the internet. See?.

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jeff house
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posted 15 April 2005 06:53 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Skdadl's point that "Revelations" differs from "Revelation" is a good one. But it's not a spelling mistake, it is theological revisionism!

There is only ONE revelation! One, one one!

Two revelations means two Gods! Polygodamy!

This means war.


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Boom Boom
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posted 15 April 2005 07:41 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh, crap, more 'end times' verbiage.
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