In the Beginning - The Complete Miniseries

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  • 2000
  • 1 Season

In the Beginning - The Complete Miniseries from Sonar Entertainment is a historical drama that explores the story of the book of Genesis from the Bible. The miniseries consists of two parts, with a total runtime of 176 minutes. The show was released in 2009 and was directed by Kevin Connor, who is known for his work on other epic miniseries like The Land That Time Forgot and Attila.

The show focuses on the creation of the world, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the flood, and the Tower of Babel. It is a retelling of the biblical narrative with an emphasis on the development of human civilization and the consequences of disobedience to God's commands. The series uses a mix of live-action footage and computer-generated imagery to bring the world of Genesis to life.

The show's first part deals with the creation story, starting from the void and chaos that existed before time began. The narrative then goes on to detail the creation of the world in seven days, along with the story of Adam and Eve and their fall from grace. The sequences involving Adam, Eve, the serpent and their banishment from the Garden of Eden are quite well done and help to set the tone for the rest of the show.

The second part of the show deals with the story of Cain and Abel, the descendants of Adam and Eve, and how their resentment towards each other leads to violent conflict. The narrative then moves to the story of Noah and the flood, where God decides to cleanse the world of humanity and starts anew with Noah and his family.

The sequences involving the flood are probably the most visually impressive parts of the show. The water effects and the portrayal of the animals being gathered onto the ark are quite well done. The performance by actor Martin Landau as Noah helps to anchor the narrative and keep it grounded amidst all the epic spectacle.

The final part of the show deals with the Tower of Babel, the development of human civilization, and the rise of different languages. This part of the show moves at a faster pace than the previous parts and tries to cram a lot of history into a short runtime.

Overall, the show is a good attempt to retell the story of Genesis in an engaging and accessible way. The computer-generated imagery is impressive, and the use of live actors helps to ground the narrative emotionally. The show is also notable for the diverse casting of actors, with different ethnicities and nationalities being represented.

One of the minor criticisms of the show is that it can feel a bit rushed at times, especially towards the end. The show tries to cover a lot of ground in a short time, and this can sometimes lead to a lack of depth in the storytelling. There are some plotlines that feel underdeveloped, and some characters who could have benefited from more screen time.

Another criticism of the show is that it takes some creative liberties with the source material. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as adaptations should be allowed to explore different interpretations of a story. However, some viewers may take issue with the show's treatment of certain themes or characters.

In conclusion, In the Beginning - The Complete Miniseries from Sonar Entertainment is a well-produced and engaging retelling of the story of Genesis. The show is visually impressive and features strong performances from its cast. While there are some minor issues with pacing and creative choices, these do not detract from the overall quality of the show. Whether you are a fan of the Bible or just looking for an epic historical drama, In the Beginning is definitely worth checking out.

In the Beginning - The Complete Miniseries is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (2 episodes). The series first aired on November 11, 2000.

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In the Beginning, The Complete Miniseries, Part 2
2. In the Beginning, The Complete Miniseries, Part 2
November 12, 2000
Sacrificing none of the dramatic sweep, power and passion found in the original stories, this four-hour saga starts In the Beginning...with the "story of creation" and Abraham's call to find the Promised Lland. It then unfolds into the epic quest of a people as dramatized in the stories of Isaac, Rebeccah, Esau and Jacob. Witness the remarkable rise to power of Joseph, despite having been sold into slavery by his envious brothers; Moses and the burning bush, and the origin of Passover; the magnificent parting of the Red Sea, through which the Hebrews escape the Pharoah's army; the storm of locusts as foretold by Moses; plus the amazing blood-red winds, hailstorms and twisters of God's wrath--all culminating with Moses's deliverance of the Ten Commandments and the liberation of the Hebrews from Egypt. Throughout the interwoven stories are authentic passions, jealousies, betrayals, power, human failings and, of course, love. Behind it all is the quest for the Promised Land embodied by magnificent characters all impressively portrayed by an international cast including: Oscar winner Martin Landau (Ed Wood) as Abraham, Emmy nominee Jacqueline Bisset (Joan of Arc) as Sarah, Golden Globe nominee Billy Campbell (Gods and Generals) as Moses, Oscar nominee Alan Bates (Arabian Nights) as Jethro, Golden Globe nominee Geraldine Chaplin (A Christmas Carol) as Yocheved, and Ed Cibrian (The Cave) as Joseph, Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) as Rameses I, and Emmy winner Diana Rigg (Samson and Delilah) as Rebeccah. As the story concludes with Moses handing the staff of Abraham to Aaron as they gaze upon their new land, there is a sense that a new chapter in the life of these people is just beginning. Indeed, In the Beginning ends where it began--with hope, faith and promise. A genuine inspiration for all who watch.
1. In the Beginning, The Complete Miniseries, Part 1
1. 1. In the Beginning, The Complete Miniseries, Part 1
The oldest and greatest spiritual texts of the Western world provide the basis for an epic retelling of the people's quest for the Promised Land, beginning with the story of creation to the parting of the Red Sea and finally to Moses's deliverance of the Ten Commandments.
Where to Watch In the Beginning - The Complete Miniseries
In the Beginning - The Complete Miniseries is available for streaming on the Sonar Entertainment website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch In the Beginning - The Complete Miniseries on demand at Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    November 11, 2000