DATELINE: Been There, Done That
After a short hiatus in its second season, William Shatner’s UnXplained is ready to tackle more mysteries, but the latest episode is a dud.
In fact, it may be worse. If you have a sense of déjà vu, it isn’t because you know your Bible stories. This episode is a duplicate of Ancient Aliens that appeared just a few weeks ago, down to the same stories, illustrations, and standard talking heads.
“Mysteries of the Bible” might seem like Shatner, with wide-eyed skepticism, taking on God, but there is little here of controversy. The usual experts from Ancient Aliens check in with their usual comments. It is either embarrassing or insulting.
Flip the coin.
Both shows zero in on the Book of Enoch, an apocrypha O.T. tale about giants and God sending the flood to rid the human race of these big pests who were perverted the countryside.
There were thousands of these big bad boys seduced little women.
The Bible history is put down to religious factions, various authors, and bad translation. Oh, it tells us about those who dared to put the words into a local language and suffered execution, but this is old hat.
We have the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls also retold without much new insight or latest shocking findings. Maybe there are none. The show takes a few additional pokes at the Ark of the Covenant, the Christmas stories of Jesus, and Gnostic gospels. Nothing new.
We hear as a throwaway that Henry VIII needed his own Bible for political reasons. He wanted a divorce.
Producers are cutting corners by merging the shows with more than less brazen contempt for the audience.