Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The History Channel’s The Bible Episode “The Mission”

March 25th, 2013 Post by Jim Pierce

The_Bible_Series_-_Art_Preview_587x327When in Napa Valley, and wanting the best dining experience possible, you would likely ensure that you have reservations at the French Laundry to taste the exquisite cuisine of Chef Thomas Keller. Upon arriving at that fine dining restaurant, you are seated at your table and put in your appetizer order along with your first wine pairing. Perhaps you order the “Oysters and Pearls,” which is a Sabayon of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and White Sturgeon Caviar. You eagerly await your order while sipping on the sommelier’s delicious recommendation. After five minutes or so, you see your waiter calmly walking up to your table with a white bag in hand. He plops the bag down in front of you and exclaims “Oysters and Pearls!” and gracefully walks away, disappearing into another room. Uneasy, and a bit dismayed, you open the bag and peek inside to find your face flush with hot steam and anger. Inside the bag is a container of Burger King French fries and a couple packets of Heinz Ketchup. You show the contents of the bag to your dining partners only to hear from one of them, “Isn’t that great! You got some hot American cuisine!” Your head swims as a vein in your forehead feels like it is extruding into the next century. You’re a consumer, and you have been let down by a Michelin starred chef, to say the very least.

The fictitious dining horror story I tell above illustrates my concern with the History Channel’s series “The Bible.” As I sat and watched Sunday’s episode “The Mission,” I became keenly aware that I was being served up a consumable “good” by executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett; both of whom are keenly aware that several...<read at Steadfast Lutherans>