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January 07, 2006

"The Book of Daniel"

Did anyone else watch that last night? I tuned in, only because of all the hype I read about on Google News.

Essentially, it's about an Episcopalian priest, who's got a Vicodin problem, and his family, which includes a gay son, an adopted Asian son, a drug dealing daughter who's into Anime, an alcoholic wife, a pot smoking housekeeper, a mother with Alzheimers, and a father who's the bishop, and a lesbian sister-in-law.

And, oh yeah, Daniel has conversations with Jesus.


I admit it, I liked it! After two hours last night, I came away thinking that some of us can be pretty two-faced when it comes to our spirituality...in that we go to church on Sunday and are all nice, but the other six days we're gossiping, stealing, lying, bigoted. And I also took away that just because a man has answered a call to the church, that doesn't make him any less human than the rest of us.

And the conversations with Jesus were great, I thought, because Jesus actually says things like "I used to talk to him, but he stopped listening," and "You know it doesn't work like that" when Daniel asked Jesus to help his ailing mother.

Was it Liberal? I don't know, I wasn't looking into the politics of the whole thing. They did make a fleeting mention, however, of the gay bishop, and that was only because the priest was talking to his gay son. I just looked at the show as a drama, a story, nothing more. Does it make a mockery of relgion? Only when Daniel is on the pulpit high on Vicodin. Homosexuality wasn't glorified, only mentioned because it was essential to the plot.

I guess the reason I liked it so much was because of something the Pastor of my church said a few weeks ago, about being a regular person like everyone else. He's certainly had his life experiences, and he's proof that forgiveness is possible...but I won't go into that here.

What did bother me, though, was all those damn "music video" commercial spots for the upcoming Olympics and those "Earl" commercials.

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Posted by Groovyvic at 08:51 AM | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)


I didn't watch. I probably never will. With all the fuss, I don't understand the difference between this show and any others. Just a few weeks ago world net daily had a piece about The Median-show. People were upset that they mentioned that oh so popular body part on a male. The uproar was, if I remember correctly, from Christians. My question is this: If you're Christian why are you watching a show about a "Median" in the first place and then getting upset about "that word" being used? Hello! This book of daniel doesn't seem so different than any other shows. Since when does television represent the church or Christians well anyway? That day will never come.

Posted by: thirdee at January 7, 2006 09:48 AM

If I'm not mistaken, there was a show on several years ago about a "regular guy" type who had conversations with Jesus. It was an animated show, in hopes that a cartoon could "get away" with more than a live show. I don't think it lasted long.

Anyway, interesting to hear your review of the program. Not that I'll be watching it or anything. But it's just nice to get a non-media POV.

Posted by: junebee at January 7, 2006 10:08 AM

There was also "Joan of Arcadia" which was a big deal too.

I don't look to this "Book of Daniel" to spark any relgious conversions or anything. Like I said, I fell into the whole hype thing and got curious. I don't watch TV for any relgious info, though, just entertainment, and I needed a break from Nickelodeon!

Posted by: GroovyVic at January 7, 2006 10:41 AM

I didn't watch it, but from the ads it seemed to have a "Six Feet Under" feel to it. I actually meant to watch it, but forgot.

Posted by: Anna at January 7, 2006 11:31 PM

Oh yeah, I agree with the "if you don't like it, don't watch" premise.

BTW we watched Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. I hadn't watched it before...I know, I know!

Posted by: Anna at January 7, 2006 11:35 PM