In a previous column, I mentioned a documentary that I had seen about Noah’s [F]arc[e], and how much I enjoyed its shredding of that fantasy. I thought it was on the History Channel, because 95% of the documentaries I watch are on that network.
Looking through the upcoming shows, I see that the Discovery Channel has a 2004 documentary on Noah’s Ark scheduled for Feb. 26 at noon (this is the only showing listed). This might have been the documentary I saw; I just misremembered where. If it is, I strongly urge you to tune in.
The National Geographic Channel has a pretty good series called Science of the Bible. They use archaeology and other scientific techniques to try to find out more about what really happened back then. It airs Wednesday nights at 7 and 10 PM, as well as a few oddball times that they can’t fill with infomercials.
I had also mentioned the History Channel’s “Bible Code” shows and how truly awful they were. It turns out that they are part of a series called Decoding the Past. Unlike other History Channel shows that are relatively balanced, the Decoding the Past shows are more biased than Fox News. I recently watched one on alleged psychic Edgar Cayce. It gave a couple of token minutes to a skeptic, then quickly forgot everything he said and gushed about all of the so-called “predictions” Cayce made. They shouldn’t show crap like this. It just hurts their credibility.
Nevertheless, the episode of Decoding the Past scheduled for Mar. 2 at 9 PM and Mar. 3 at 1 AM is called “Secrets of the Koran.” It’s probably just as bad as the rest of the series, but my curiosity compels me to check it out.
The excellent South Park episode about Scientology is rerun on Mar. 1 at 10 PM and Mar. 2 at midnight. If you haven’t seen it, it’s required viewing! (but it doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of this crazy cult)
Here are a few other things I saw in the TV listings:
If you like your demigods unspoiled, you can watch “Saints Preserved!” on the History Channel Feb. 24 at 8 AM and 2 PM. The description says that the corpses of some saints are just as supple and fresh today as when they were live, feeble old men (and women) stinking up the house so Junior was embarrassed to bring his friends over after school. OK, I’m paraphrasing. Caution: The description suggests that they’re taking an uncritical look at the subject.
The two-hour documentary “Banned from the Bible” airs on the History Channel on Feb. 24 at 9 AM and 3 PM and Mar. 4 at 8 PM and Mar. 5 at midnight. I know I’ve seen it, but I don’t remember much about it.
For those of you who like to watch religious extremists (Is there any other kind? I’m beginning to wonder.) ruin sporting events, you can watch “Munich: The Real Assassins” on the History Channel Feb. 26 at 11 PM. Then follow that a week later with “Revenge!” on the History Channel Mar. 2 at 11 PM and Mar. 3 at 3 AM.
The slightly-annoying series Declassified shows a new episode on Ayatollah Khomeini on Mar. 2 at 10 PM and Mar. 3 at 2 AM on the History Channel.
I could never get into Digging for the Truth, but I see they are going to do a show on the Holy Grail, if you’re into that sort of thing. History Channel, Mar. 3 at 8 AM and 2 PM.
The History Channel is showing a two-hour documentary from 2004 that I somehow managed to miss. Tune in Mar. 5 at 8 PM or Mar. 6 at midnight to see “Hell: The Devil’s Domain.”