From the History Channel, this episode of the series explores the possibility that Sodom and Gomorrah actually existed and were destroyed by God. Prompted by new archeological findings, this episode puts the findings in context with possible theories with input from religious scholars, historians, and archeologists.
Narration: David Ackroyd. Recreation actors: Michael Bridges, Melanie Bulujian, Sean Fodor, Carole Fontaine, Clarissa Harlow, P. Kyle McCarter, Constantinos Politis, Walter Rast, Thomas Schaub, David Wolpe.
Sadly, this was another disappointing entry billed as an investigative series or documentary. The first half of the film was spent convincing us that they have actually found Sodom and Gomorrah while the second half seemed focused on proving that they hadn’t. When we finally get to the end, a bit confused, we are bluntly told that it really doesn’t matter. An empty ending to a somewhat empty 40 minutes of film. Hoping for new information, what we got from this was a regurgitation of bible stories that weren’t even verbatim or quoted, they were summaries. There were even some writings and stories mentioned that were never explained well nor supported in any way seeming to be included only because they contained a morsel found useful in the film.
Even the portrayals of life in the time of Sodom and Gomorrah were poorly done, with candles and other objects that didn’t exist at the time. Not very historically accurate for a historical investigative series.
For anyone not familiar with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah this is a good entry level overview that will help you decide if you are interested. For everyone else, skip this one and find something with some real meat. Or at least quoted, accurate sources and portrayals.
Nothing in this one to limit audience age.
Star rating: 1 out of 5
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