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Incredibly bad and formulaic... is this all there is of it, I hope?
I didn't begin watching this with any preconceptions; I didn't even know about it until minutes before it aired when I saw it in evening program listings. I do love a GOOD science fiction yarn, though, so I watched it. I was not rewarded. It was unbearably formulaic, and THEN it ended suddenly, seemingly right in the middle of the plot! There was no reward for watching, no plot resolution, no moral to the story. Was this some sort of a sneaky cliff-hanger ending for a planned series? I could find no hint of that, neither in the program ending nor program listings nor even here at IMDb. Mercifully this was all there is of it, it seems.
I find it unbelievable that Fox would have the audacity to air this: Fox is the same network that first abused and disrespected and then canceled a far better science fiction series, "Firefly". What's worse, Fox has a history of doing this: "Space: Above and Beyond", "Keen Eddie", and others.
Then Fox turns around and tries to feed us this SF sewage. Peter Berg, I think, should focus on acting, and Fox should stick with the horrid reality shows and repulsive animated vulgarity that pays the bills.
The Last Templar (2009)
Utterly formulaic, cowardly, and pointless affront to reason
This production was worse than bad: it's literally dangerous to mental health and intellectual progress to watch it. I should first note that I haven't read even a synopsis of the book from which this allegedly derives, so my observations may or may not apply to the novel.
Where this movie is concerned, I found no redeeming value at all except an opportunity to indulge my infatuation with Mira Sorvino. It was thoroughly formulaic, and even the script itself acknowledges this with wisecrack references to Indiana Jones.
What is far worse, however, is the intellectual cowardice on display in the script. The famed Templars of old may have feared the heathens and heretics, but this script cowers in abject fear of the might and angry wrath of The Church. Unlike the Templars, it makes no effort whatsoever to resist the delusion and stupidity of those it fears, instead completely selling-out in exchange for... what, ratings? The Vance character is early on depicted as having atheistic values, as is Sorvino's Tess character, but Sorvino predictably "repents" before the end of the movie; the climactic scene in which the character Vance battles Sorvino's Tess for the supposed Gospel of Yeshua strongly paints the unrepentant atheist as a violently delusional dogmatic lunatic, who seemingly gets punished by God for his heresy.
Further, it completely ignores basic history and even geology, as another reviewer has noted. I was especially angered by a particular scene in which the protagonists find a village supposedly buried by ash and a lava flow, Pompeii-like, but which conveniently has a massive underground stadium-sized cavern over what was once an open courtyard in front of the temple which happens to be their objective! This cavern even had a built-in skylight or two! There isn't a known phenomenon of physics, geology, nor vulcanism that could justify such gratuitous ignorance. Continuing this break from reality in true Indiana Jones style, the very instant they retrieve the object they sought this entire cavern begins to collapse as if in response to their trespass, again as if some unseen force is punishing them for their hubris.
To sum it up, this production is an affront to reason, logic, and naturalistic fact; the "believability factor" suffers horribly throughout the movie. Its only redeeming value, if it can be considered redeeming, is indulging those who might harbor an infatuation with Sorvino, who is truly an Amazonian creature at least in appearance if not always in her choices of roles. She may live to regret this one; I most certainly regret having endured almost to the conclusion of it.