Sunday, February 24, 2013
Hollywood's Church Slamming Obsession
This past week I tried two programs that looked promising and both managed to disappoint in a twenty four hour period. I'll start with the newest program (since it was the first to disappoint): Zero Hour (spoiler alert, if you don't want to know any part of what happens in this stupid new show, or in Touch, which I'll be talking about in 6-ish paragraphs stop reading now).
I watched the pilot of Zero Hour and thought it looked promising. It begins, I told Paul when he got home, with priests who seem to be trying to save the world as the Nazi's bear down upon them, ultimately giving their lives as they rush around talking about how it's the end of the world. One of them says something stupid along the lines of "even God can't help now..." but in the realm of current tv stupidity I thought that ranged on the low side.
Part of the premise of the show that becomes apparent is that in order to stop Nazi Germany from destroying the world the Church picked out twelve "new apostles" to protect some secret. In the first episode you see that the first apostle we're to meet is "New Bartholomew" and he walks across the screen, dressed as a Nazi officer with a rosary barely showing in the palm of his hand.
I watched the second episode on Hulu shortly after it was released this weekend. We quickly discover that the second "new apostle" is a Hindi holy woman ("Doubting Thomas"), with characters exclaiming that there are powerful forces (obviously within the Church) that would be determined to keep an apostle from being both Hindi and a woman.
Dun dun duh duh...
I wasn't upset when it became clear that the second "apostle" was a woman. What can I say... it's Hollywood and my expectations are pretty low. They lost me, however, with the comment that followed when it became clear that they were going with the, "there are two forces within the Church and one is good and loving and trying to save the world with their female apostle and the other will stop at nothing, even world destruction, to make sure that women are downtrodden for all time" approach. Yawn. Hollywood portraying the Church as villainous... how original... click.
Last night Hulu told me that there was a new episode of Touch on. Touch is based on the premise that there are 30-something holy people in the world and as long as those holy-people exist, God will stay his wrath and not destroy the world. A Rabbi explains this to the father on the show, who's tween genius son is the main character and apparently one of the "holy." The plot had ambled along through the first season with the boy giving his father numbers which ultimately lead to people being saved all around the world through chain reactions.
Again the originality is astounding. Creative genius and all that (sorry, I just can't seem to overcome the sarcasm this morning). The Church is Hollywood's go to villain these days, which is hardly surprising, but does have me wondering if they ever get bored with writing the same story line over. and over. and over again.
I know I'm bored being not-surprised by the lack of creative thought that keeps pumping out Church-as-evil scenarios and I've only been Catholic for six years this Easter. I guess it's back to searching Netflix for classics that harken back to the days when portraying the Church as the bad guy wasn't quite so cool.