but you're the apple of my eye anyway (newbie1990) wrote,
but you're the apple of my eye anyway

Where else would a child have to pay to enter his father's house?

Oh, man, was re-reading old entries and you guuuuys were so nice. BUT anyway, today I watched The Passion (the BBC version, not Mel Gibson's), because I saw it back when it was on for the first time, thought it was UNBELIEVABLY awesome, then missed the last episode because I was busy being in hospital, then watched that episode on DVD maybe two years later and was like 'This is so not as cool as I remembered'. Anyway.

- It was awesomely nuanced with its representation of Caiphas and the Pharisees! They listened to his views and didn't want to kill an innocent man, and Caiphas' reasons for choosing to kill him were for the sake of the people being saved, not pettiness or cruelty. So, better than what I've heard of Mel Gibson's on that front.

- The Romans were presented as very oppressive and violent, although Pilate did care for his wife and wasn't out-and-out evil, and the guard that offered Jesus wine was kind in a very 'I'm not going to challenge the system I'm a part of too much' way. Possibly they could have increased the police brutality metaphor, but I don't know.

- Barabbas! Barabbas was a Zealot, I think, and he was very passionate.

- Everyone in the main cast except for Joseph of Arimathea and Mina (a sex worker who became a follower shortly after Jesus arrived in Jerusalem) was white. Hahaha hi inaccuracy. There were Welsh and regional English accents, it was bizarre.

- Caiphas was surprisingly hot. Like, his chest, man.

- There were so so many lovely scenes of Jesus being endlessly kind to people. Offering figs to the owner of the colt, and telling Judas to give him all the money he asked for; being lovely to Mina and her sisters when they propositioned him, and completely non-judgey and lovely; and the carrying the child and waving to children and saying 'We are her servants, not her masters' and.

- The part where he says 'The kingdom of God is within you' to Mina was perfect, because the whole cultural context of uncleanliness and sinners was set up and it was so meaningful/radical (unless I misunderstand the meaning of radical) in that context.

- Jesus and Judas were portrayed so beautifully. (I didn't ship them, because shipping anything felt trivialising, although Jesus and Mary Magdalene were lovely and loved each other a lot, too.) Jesus asking him what was in his heart and Judas throwing himself at him and crying and asking forgiveness, and Jesus forgiving him and then saying 'Now tell me what is in your heart'. Although I wasn't sure if Jesus-as-a-human could be that forgiving, I thought he might be more hurt. I have no idea if/how much this subconsciously influenced my portrayal of Jesus and Judas. And there being room in Heaven for all of them, including the one that would betray him!

- The speeches and the political awesomeness! Turning the world upside down, the great being humbled and the humbled honoured as leaders.

- And defying the ideas of being a king and pointing it out! 'Does this look like an army?' And him consistently calling himself their servant!

- I think possibly the turning-tables scene would have been better in the context of the money-changers overcharging and the dove salesmen making money off poor pilgrims, plus it all being in the prayer area for Gentiles, but as an anti-capitalist thing it works.

- I liked the way it was changed to reflect modern values! With the releasing the dove instead of sacrificing it, although I was wary it was kind of anti-Judaism. Possibly I don't know enough about Judaism to make that judgement.

- And saying 'I love you either way' to Peter regarding the betrayal.

- The scene in the garden was wonderfully done and painful.

- Oh, the symbolism of Jesus being put in the pit was excellent.

- The part where the man came up to Jesus and gently wiped his face was beautiful. In a Christian 'God-loving-people-through-people' context I really liked it, but as plain human kindness it's wonderful/hopeful too. In the context of Jesus being abandoned by everyone who loved him and so hurt by that.

- Mary was brilliant; she loved him so much and didn't need him to teach her about love and 'I loved you before the world' and she was angry about his death and the scene where he talked to her about wondering why his Father would ask such awful things of him and she comforted him and he said she'd already done so much.

- The make-up in the crucifixion scene was probably not the best? The whole scene looked kind of stage-y, and I doubt they would have been that clean/non-bloody.

- I have yet to see the last episode, so! Here's hoping.

So, yes, favourite representation of Jesus. I would say favourite TV thing, but I'd have to rewatch Angels In America before making that decision.

Oh and HAPPY EASTER :D I love Easter. I used to prefer Christmas but new life and symbolism and hope.
Tags: christianity, jesus/judas, judas iscariot, the passion
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