The Begats

My brother called me just now because he’s totally stoked about the Bible miniseries on the History Channel. He’s like “They say they’re going to cover everything from the beginning to Peter!” Then he pauses and says, “So, I guess that sucks for Paul. Well, at least we probably won’t have to sit through Revelations, right?”

And then he says, “God, I wonder how they’re going to do all that boring shit in the Old Testament, where it’s just lists of people having kids…” then he stops. As if he’s just considering right then how one might dramatize generations of begetting. “Wait,” he says. “No, that would be the greatest episode of the series. Just generations of men fucking their wives. Give each couple like fifteen seconds of screen time and fill the whole show it it.”

“Could they do that on The History Channel?” I ask.

“Well, they should try!”

7 thoughts on “The Begats

  1. I’m pretty jazzed about it too. I mean, if I had my choice, I’d only have History & H2 on my television with a cameo appearance of ABC & Discovery on occasion. There’s really not much else on television.

    Anyway, if you leave out all the religious subtext of the Bible and the projections of how or how people should or shouldn’t live, the Bible is really interesting as a book of history. There is a great regret in my life that I’m not an archeologist because studying that large period of time fascinates me.

  2. The History Channel version will include little seen B&W footage form World War II. And mention Nostradamus.

  3. Any one remember a film called Sammy and Rosie Get Laid from ’87? Do a split screen for two pairs of spouses like they did. Tres tasteful and artsy at the same time!

  4. Oh, man, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid! I thought I was the only person who remembered that film. Wasn’t that by the same director who did My Beautiful Laundrette?

  5. nm-yes! I saw it in the UT student center. They used to show such great movies. (Maybe they still do, for all I know.)

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