Eva scrambles to thwart a plan designed to silence al-Masih, while breaking news causes dismay among his followers.Eva scrambles to thwart a plan designed to silence al-Masih, while breaking news causes dismay among his followers.Eva scrambles to thwart a plan designed to silence al-Masih, while breaking news causes dismay among his followers.
On the plus side:
I enjoyed the show - a lot. It is refreshingly realistic (except the few times when it isn't - see: Miracles), the main characters believable if not always likeable. We see and understand their problems - too bad there is no redemption for them. At least not in real life, nor through supernatural means.
I think Rebecca, Felix's daughter, she's best off: escaped Dilley, met the Messiah, went to Washington, D.C. and immediately had a moment on TV. Not bad for a single week.
But back to the bottom line: Diversity.
This show is very international. We hear English, Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, and a bit of French during the Algeria scene.
And we see the Messiah situation from the point of view of American Christians, the CIA, the press, the US government, the Shin Bet in Israel, spiritual leaders in the West Bank and, of course, the Messiah. We also learn the reaction to the Messiah problem from the different sides. On one side: a bomb. On the other side: a bomb. Interesting. US and Palestinian decision makers seem to think remarkably alike, in this show.
We get to see the personal situation of the main characters, and - interestingly enough, not one of them is happy. Or at least content. Maybe the FBI agent, he seems cool with a short assignment and then going back to his lover. All others - the job sucks, their partners are a pain. And the booze is never far away. Even the high powered women in the CIA ... in the end, it is the men who wield the power.
Nice line here. Cameron Collier: "your job is to gather information. Our job is to do stuff with this information". That pretty much sums it up. Eva is pissed, of course. But that actually is the mission of the CIA.
on the minus side
Miracles: Seems that there are so many preachers of all faiths. Words are not enough to get attention. So, a miracle is needed once in a while. One too many, for my taste. The writers should have stopped with the water walk.
Felix: he's just the dimmest candle for miles around. And stays the way he was, from beginning to end. What a miserable life his wife and his daughter must have had.
Still - all in all - a very good show
- Jan 20, 2020