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Mary McNamara

ABC's 'Of Kings and Prophets' amps up the sex and violence of a familiar biblical tale

ABC's 'Of Kings and Prophets' amps up the sex and violence of a familiar biblical tale

ABC's new drama "Of Kings and Prophets" attempts to treat the Bible as just another historical document. Since it is a television show, this means two things: It opens with a horrific battle scene, and it is peppered with steaming/scheming sex.

Just as the primary purpose of the nascent Internet initially seemed to be a wider distribution of porn, television's new digital technology has focused almost exclusively on the awfulness of battle. Vikings, Saxons, pirates, early American rebels — we see them fight, we see them die in bloody sprays of sundered flesh and exploding bone made even more gruesome by stop-motion photography and increasingly excellent sound...

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