Miracle Workers: Season 1
March 9, 2019 5:33 AM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

When God (Steve Buscemi) plans to destroy the Earth, two low-level angels (Geraldine Viswanathan, Daniel Radcliffe) must convince their boss to save humanity. They bet him they can pull off their most impossible miracle yet: help two humans fall in love.
posted by DevilsAdvocate (9 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So glad somebody started a thread on this show: it's great! I've only seen the first two episodes, but I'm definitely in. Will check in when/if I have more interesting thoughts and have the time and mental space to express them.
posted by General Malaise at 6:29 PM on March 9, 2019 [1 favorite]

I really wanted to like this, but I'm having a hard time making myself trying to watch episode 3.
posted by porpoise at 12:08 PM on March 10, 2019

The premise is more entertaining than the execution. Part of it is the character of God, who does not seem capable of having created all the things; and the other part is the wish fulfilment challenge is basically an 80s rom-com.
posted by Marticus at 4:52 PM on March 11, 2019 [2 favorites]

I love Steve Buscemi, but I'm wondering if Owen Wilson (originally cast for that part) would have worked better.
posted by porpoise at 10:31 AM on March 12, 2019

I like everyone in this, but the premise is so... what a bunch of hacks throw together around some buzzwords. They all deserve so much better, but it is... relatively painless?
posted by provoliminal at 6:11 PM on March 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

I like everyone in this

Geraldine Viswanathan has been standout. For some reason I watched '(Cock) Blockers' (2018) and she was the standout there, too.

I'm not Christian or anything, but how far the show diverges from authorized mythology completely takes the stakes out of "Earth is going to be destroyed."

Yeah, sure, "Earth." Yeah. Gotcha.

And Angels are recruited from dead mortals - and angels are being headhunted by "other "galaxies."" Change the language and it might work, but this is hack writing.

If I was a believer, this could be really offensive - so maybe the showrunners went in this direction to avoid disrespect? But if I was a believer, I'd just write this show off - but then, I wouldn't, would I?

'The Good Place' does much better largely skirting most of these massive missteps.
posted by porpoise at 9:07 PM on March 19, 2019

"I'm not Christian or anything, but how far the show diverges from authorized mythology completely takes the stakes out of "Earth is going to be destroyed.""

To be fair, Contemporary Christianity (At the very least, American Christian Evangelicals and others who have married mammon and politic to their church) diverges so far from authorized mythology , it would make Jesus' cross spin. Half of the concepts many Christians have don't even come from the Bible, just fiction and media. The majority of christians know embarrassingly little about their own religions, it's history, the goddamn bible, or it's theology, let alone the metaphysics implied by any of that.

That said, I don't disagree their version of xtian cosmology kind of takes away from the stakes, if only because it makes their Earth seem separate from ours in their efforts to not offend. I often enjoy variations of christian myths too, but it depends on why it was changed.
posted by GoblinHoney at 11:30 AM on March 27, 2019 [1 favorite]

That was light fun, and it was short too! It reminded me of the Belgian movie The Brand New Testament, which also features God as an unkempt and narcissistic idiot, except that the Belgian God is an abusive asshole who spends his time tormenting people.
posted by elgilito at 8:56 AM on March 29, 2019

You guys sure are a tough crowd. I thought it was fun, and funny.
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