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Following in the footsteps of Zero Hour, this is one complicated and intriguing show. There are a zillion moving parts, but I’ll try to break it down for you. Jason Isaacs, best known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies and the big bad cavalryman Tavington in The Patriot, plays FBI agent Peter Connelly. While investigating the catalyst event of a murdered archaeologist, he discovers there’s something bizarre going on at an underground dig beneath Jerusalem and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A weird Christian cult in New Mexico is raising a mysterious boy evidently being groomed for an upcoming Bar Mitzvah. This cult is also collaborating with a group of rabbis involved in the rearing of an unusual calf somewhere in Norway, and they in turn are being hunted by the Essenes. Who are the Essenes, you ask? If you don’t already know, the show’s producers encourage you to look things up, to do some “digging” of your own, but I’ll give you this one for free. The Essenes were an ancient sect of Christianity thought to be extinct for thousands of years but now, at least in the show, have resurfaced as a sort of paramilitary League of Assassins. There are so many connections and storylines crisscrossing one another that it’s almost inevitable we’ll wind up with one gigantic knot. The title is fitting on many levels, as there are a multitude of layers to the story. This is a conspiracy of, er, Biblical proportions (yeah, I know that was bad) and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what the ding is going on. This has the potential to be a mind-blowing show and I’m fascinated to see where the writers are going with it. [Addendum: USA cancelled this after one season, but the story does have a conclusion and won’t leave you hanging.] – BETHANY

For more detailed information, visit: the Internet Movie Database

                     Agent Peter Connelly and Emma Wilson (Alison Sudol) – “It’s all about the water”.

Connelly (Jason Isaacs) and Lynn Monahan (Anne Heche)

Connelly and Israeli Detective Golan (Ori Pfeffer).

Madam Ambassador Ruth Ridell (Regina Taylor).

Joshua (Zen McGrath) and Debbie (Lauren Ambrose) in New Mexico

Avram (Guy Selnik) and “Red”, a.k.a. the Unblemished Heifer

 

Photos courtesy of G. Raff Productions, The Jackal Group, Keshet International, Universal Cable Productions and USA network

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