Netflix : MESSIAH
Remember how you felt watching Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
for the first time?
That's what I'm feeling at the end of Season 1 Episode 2 of
It's not what you think it's going to be.
It's not Jeffrey Hunter in King of Kings, or Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, or the Left Behind series, or Temptation of the Christ, or The Greatest Story Ever Told.
This isn't a Hollywood version of anything.
Folks, at the end of Episode 2 I'm thinking I'm watching extraordinary storytelling fresh, original, superbly acted and -
best of all: no bullshit.
Don't read anything about it. Don't watch previews. Go into it cold.
I don't know what's up ahead but for now - this is the best thing I've seen of its kind.
Give a couple of episodes a try.
"Who are you?"
"I am the Word."
I'm on Episode 9 with 1 to go.
Each character is a living, breathing, flesh and blood person given time to develop. How rare this is!
I love how the slow unfolding of plot always leaves the viewer revising an opinion as to WHO this man is. Just when you think you know - there is more information.
That's why my Close Encounters of the Third Kind analogy is apt.
Exactly how would we react - each of us?
We all bring our point of view and expectations and doubts.
Is seeing the same as believing?
The Sunni Muslims see Messiah as either an Anti-Christ demonic persona - OR - the arrival of the actual promised figure bringing about the end.
Christians, Buddhists and Jews - how do they see and react?
What about the sick and dying?
One by one these human beings are confronted with a true test of their humanity, spirituality, and suspicious intelligence.
This is a GREAT MYSTERY to be solved.
Here I am with two episodes to go and I cannot guess what comes next. I have been wrong again and again.
Folks, give it look-see!