I'm torn over watching NBC's Revelations next week. Based on your review, I was going to watch, then I heard a commercial that the end of days is near and they are going to search for Jesus. Do you know how much they are actually going to follow the Book of Revelation? I know they have to "spice it up" for TV, but if it is too much, I think it would turn people off. I would also like to answer your question about how they will be able to sustain the end-of-the-world scenario. I would like the producers to handle this series like Babylon 5. From the beginning, Michael Straczynski had mapped out the series to last for five years. I would think the same formula could be applied to Revelations. The producers should pick a point in time from the Book of Revelation and then map out from now until that time. Jon S.
Revelations is one of the riskiest shows of the mid-season, because of its daring mix of spiritual content and suspense. The producers will no doubt be criticized for either taking the Book of Revelation too literally or not literally enough. All I can judge is its entertainment value, which from the pilot and two subsequent scripts seemed pretty high. As for a five-year plan, I'm sure the producers would love to be so lucky. If Revelations is successful in its six-week "event" broadcast, the likelihood is that it would return in another short burst of episodes, but not as an open-ended weekly series. I'll be fascinated to see how it turns out.
On the same subject, Greg wrote in to say he was "very intrigued" by the idea of Revelations, but was "still a little miffed" at ABC for cutting short the similarly themed Miracles two years ago for a Michael Jackson special. He asks: "Do you think Miracles would be better formatted in a six-episode miniseries like Revelations?" Sounds good to me. I wish the networks would get serious about reviving the miniseries "event" format, and some of these cult-oriented shows might have a better shot being presented this way. I even think an HBO series like Carnivle would benefit from airing in a more concentrated fashion than in weekly chapters. But the good news is that all 13 episodes of Miracles will be released on DVD later this month.