January 7, 2006

Book of Daniel

Filed under: Uncategorized — chapterhouse @ 4:01 pm

We loved it. The writing was brilliant. The acting was great, especially the three kids — they just sparkled. Yeah, there were lots and lots of plot twists, but it will be a hoot to watch them all play out. It’s a comedy, after all (but of course there are lots of layers to it, so some very serious things were going on, too.) Today one or the other of us will start giggling, and we know that it’s because one of us had remembered another funny line from the program, then we share it and giggle together, and then remember another one, and another… not many shows have that kind of impact, so I definitely think this one’s going to be a hit.

There were many priceless moments, like the kid falling from the window and landing on the JAG (of COURSE it was a Jag), and prior to that, when he was in bed with the girl, his elbow kept squishing one of her stuffed animals, making it squeek (oh, the layers to THAT one!), and he said it was like making love on Sesame Street, which SHE liked! And what about “Super Priest” in the anime script, and the daughter asks her Community Service partner, “Do you think that’s offensive?”

This is one big dysfunctional family, which makes sense because a family gets dysfunctional in the first place because these behaviours get passed down through the generations. It’s rare that an entire generation will get well; usually it’s only one or two per generation, if that.

I’m eternally grateful to the Funda-Mentals for protesting this thing; otherwise, we might never have heard of it. One thing that bugged me was that Jesus was way too Gentile-looking. I’m not sure, but I think he even had blue eyes. What’s up with that?



  1. You don’t know any blue-eyed Jewish people? I do.

    Comment by Monika — January 7, 2006 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

  2. I don’t know any blue-eyed Jewish people personally, but of course I know blue eyes are not unheard of. I think that after the flap over all the blue-eyed Saviors in Hollywood movies, I was hoping for a traditional brown-eyed Hebrew-looking Jesus. But then, Fr. Daniel’s Jesus — his personal Jesus — would tend to look more … Episcopalian. 🙂
    I did love the depiction of Jesus as a loving, compassionate friend.

    Comment by Candace — January 7, 2006 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  3. Haha! I TiVo’ed it and shall watch it tonight. I can’t waiT! I love Aiden Quinn and the premise of the show is truly ground-breaking for NBC.

    Comment by Garnet — January 8, 2006 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

  4. I liked it, too. Looking forward to seeing it again next week, though I’m NOT looking forward to adding more “must sees” to my television habits. House, Boston Legal, American Idol, now this.

    Comment by pooks — January 8, 2006 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

  5. Yeah, last picture of Jesus I saw, he was mulatto. How come they can’t settle on just one picture? Maybe he was India Indian. Or one of them Beiruts.

    Comment by OldHorsetailSnake — January 8, 2006 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  6. Candace, I just watched it and loved it, has something for everybody to relate to….very good.

    Comment by Creta — January 8, 2006 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  7. I assume the movie was about me. No wonder it’s brilliant.

    Comment by Dan — January 8, 2006 @ 11:37 pm | Reply

  8. Everybody seems to be enjoying this one, and the reviews have been generally positive so far.

    Note to DAN: No, it’s not a movie; it’s a new TV show on NBC. Don’t tell me Canada doesn’t have it! That would be awful to miss out on this. Episode 3 airs Friday night down here. I hope you get to see it.

    Comment by Candace — January 9, 2006 @ 8:44 am | Reply

  9. We do have it in Canada, and I did watch the first episode and thoroughly enjoyed it, but find the visual presense of Jesus just a bit stereotypical.

    Then I taped the wrong channel and missed episode two.

    Comment by Without You — January 17, 2006 @ 1:07 am | Reply

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