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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Review of NBC's "The Book of Daniel"

This is the very first review of anything that I have ever attempted, except for maybe book reports that I did back in high school; that was over thirty years ago. This type of writing is new to me and I’m not quite sure how to go about it.

Needless to say, the show made quite a splash, didn’t it?

According to the Baptist Press on Jan.6th the producer of the show is a homosexual ex-Catholic. The writer of the article doesn’t state how they know this to be true, but I figured as much just from watching the show. By the light manner in which The Book of Daniel handles the subject it is obvious that somebody at the top, like the producers, directors or the writers, are either extremely sympathetic to the homosexual lifestyle or they are homosexual’s themselves. I don’t know if I would have guessed the ex-Catholic part, but there is enough anti-Catholic stereotypes there to make it a good bet. Mainly I’m thinking of the Italian, Mafia connected Roman Catholic Priest, that Father Daniel runs to for help whenever there is a question of criminal activity or a lone shark is needed.
But homosexuality is not the only conservative Christian taboo that the show flaunts in face of the viewer. There are so many it is hard to remember them all. We have a whole variety to pick from: teenage sexual exploration, unwed couples experimenting with co-habitation and fornication, using illicit drugs, drug dealing, internet piracy, an Episcopal Pastor desecrating his marriage to a wife afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease and having an affair with another high ranking member of the Episcopal clergy, lesbianism, drug addiction, church board members stealing from the church coffer, racial prejudice, ménage a’ trios and I’ve probably forgotten a few since Friday night. It just seems to me like these people did everything they could think of to offend just about everyone on the planet that isn’t a sexually and Spiritually dysfunctional ultra-liberal. They really went out of their way to challenge norms and to tic people off.

That said, I don’t think it was unentertaining.
The cast is excellent and the acting superb, given the material with which they have to work. I liked the relationship between the Jesus character and Daniel, even though I feel that it too was handled a little too lightly. I appreciated the fact that Daniel had an open dialogue with Jesus even though I don’t recall any of the conversations occurring during prayer. I missed Daniel’s sermon at the top of the show, but I suspect that that was probably a nose-thumb at the establishment as well.

If this show would have aired in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s I would have loved every minute of it. That was when I was a drug takin’, drug sellin', hell raisin’, anti-establishment, promiscuous, greedy, spoiled brat. That life put me on a path that eventually lead to brokenness, misery and imprisonment.

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American Flier is a comparative study of World Arts, Science, Music, Literature,
History & Culture: past, present and future,
to encourage truthful examination of the Human Spiritual Condition.