I continue to be impressed with this show’s accuracy, in terms of painting an (almost) realistic portrait of what life was like in Judea around the time of Christ’s death. And I like what they are doing with Pilate, in the sense that he is becoming the personification of Rome itself within the Judean government. He is the villain of the story, a domineering force literally threatening to crush the life from Caiaphas, who lives in a subdued constant state of fear as to what Rome might do. I love what they are doing with Caiaphas… he is sympathetic, despite being the man who schemed to bring about “The Nazarine’s” death. To make me like, care about, and fear for the man who bayed for Jesus’ blood is a testament both to good writing and good acting.
This episode pulled no punches in the violence department and in doing so revealed a lot about Roman rule for those ignorant of how the process worked. After all, if you cannot silence a story, as Pilate says, “you kill it.” And he chose to terminate the Roman soldiers who witnessed the happenings at the tomb in front of the shocked, horrified, and terrified Caiaphas… whose mind no doubt flitted back to Joseph of Arimathea’s earlier warnings that he would “come to regret” an alliance with Rome. The writing is on the wall, so to speak. I have actually seen some viewers stunned at Pilate and his behavior, though it is wholly in keeping with his historical character and the methods of Rome. (Please read the history of the period, not just your Bible.) Continue reading