My mentor wasn’t thrilled by the 1980 mini-series of his masterwork, calling it “the most boring mini-series ever made, apart from ‘The Wimps (sic) of War.” I found it a fair attempt, and the segment in the second of the three episodes contains the moving seen of Father Peregrine (Fritz Weaver) having a conversation with “Jesus” — actually a Martian who has a chameleon-like ability to take on the visage of someone another person is most wanting to see. The martian is dying from “the wounds that you gave me in your secret mind,” from the crown of thorns to the marks of crucifixion. The priest must stop his dream before it kills the martian; he turns away, croaking that final line.

Of course, a proper movie and sci-fi geek like our couple here would know that. At least it’s safe for Cora to go now. The future… well, we’ll have to see, won’t we?


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