Found this beautiful poem called "In and Out of Time"
The sun has come. The mist has gone. We see in the distance… our long way home. I was always yours to have. You were always mine. We have loved each other in and out of time. When the first stone looked up at the blazing sun and the first tree struggled up from the forest floor I had always loved you more. You freed your braids… gave your hair to the breeze. It hummed like a hive of honey bees. I reached in the mass for the sweet honey comb there…. Mmmm…God how I love your hair. You saw me bludgeoned by circumstance. Lost, injured, hurt by chance. I screamed to the heavens….loudly screamed…. Trying to change our nightmares to dreams… The sun has come. The mist has gone. We see in the distance our long way home. I was always yours to have. You were always mine. We have loved each other in and out in and out in and out of time.
Although I am definitely in the minority, I thought A&E’s new Horror series “Damien” was unfairly ripped apart by critics.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the site that averages reviews of films and TV shows, “Damien” currently holds an 11% rating.
11% is what any Tyler Perry “Madea” movie deserves. 11% should be the go-to figure for every new Adam Sandler movie that unnecessarily gets greenlit. 11% should be in the memo section of Kevin Hart’s paychecks. “Damien” was no masterpiece, but it certainly warranted more love than a measly 11%.
When A&E unleashed their prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s esteemed “Psycho” in 2013 with “Bates Motel,” I expected an immediate flop but have since gobbled my words. Now in its fourth season, thanks to strong performances by Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates) and Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), “Bates Motel” is a fantastic reimagining of the “Psycho” brand.
Due to the success of “Bates Motel,” A&E clearly thought they could hit pay dirt twice by revitalizing another Horror classic and this time set their sights on “The Omen.” Where “Bates Motel” follows a young Norman, “Damien” revolves around the adult Damien Thorn (played by Bradley James) as he starts to realize his purpose in life.
“Damien,” which premiered on March 7, 2016, begins with the title character on his 30th birthday. While working as a war photographer on assignment in Syria, he sees visions of a mysterious old woman he cannot explain. When he returns home to New York, Damien continues to see visions of the old woman (she even appears in numerous photos he has captured) and is also haunted by repressed, traumatic events from his childhood. The memories Damien is experiencing are actual scenes from the original 1976 film “The Omen,” which is a nice touch since the series is being faithful to the movie that started it all.
An interesting aspect of the show is that the audience knows more than Damien. Based on the history of “The Omen” franchise, the audience is fully aware that Damien is the Antichrist. Damien on the other hand has to learn he is the Antichrist and the visions are his first steps towards the truth.
Two key supporting characters are hell-bent on making sure Damien embraces his destiny. After his important role on “The Walking Dead” as Hershel, actor Scott Wilson takes another stab at the Horror genre by playing John Lyons, a trusted guardian of Damien who looked after him during his time at the White House (remember, at the end of “The Omen” the president is holding Damien). Damien tells John about a woman, Anne Rutledge (sinisterly played by Barbara Hershey), he’s recently met who has told Damien he is the Antichrist. Given the recent weird occurrences, on top of the fact that Damien recognizes he inexplicably never gets hurt while others die around him in war-torn areas, Damien worries she is telling the truth and confides in John the omen Ann revealed. John quickly laughs it off and assures Damien he is not the Antichrist. However, unbeknownst to Damien, John is actually in cahoots with Ann and both are committed to protecting Damien so that he can fulfill his prophecy. Damien will need all the protection he can get since he is being stalked by a curious detective, the Vatican is out to assassinate him, and Damien himself is a threat because he refuses to accept his fate.
As you can see, there’s quite a bit going on in “Damien” and some critics seemed to think it was too messy. However, I can attest that the series was never hard to follow. Another grievance I read was that “Damien” was light on gore. I’m certain this particular critic never got passed the pilot episode because the show had some extremely shocking deaths. For instance, “Damien” featured the most brutal shower attack since 1960’s “Psycho” and an escalator death so in-your-face, it should keep frequent users off of them for quite some time.
Despite the negative reviews, “Damien,” which just concluded its 10-episode first season, will return for a season two. Considering I was always entertained, the cast was believable, and the writing was suffice, I am convinced that critics did not give “Damien” a fair chance. There are far worse programs on television that are more deserving of the ire “Damien” received.
Hopefully, word-of-mouth praise will help “Damien’s” small, but loyal flock of viewers grow before its second coming in 2017.
Concert Update: Sticking with the theme this week, you can have a devilishly good time at Slayer, Anthrax and Death Angel live at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO on September 22, 2016. Tickets are currently available through Ticketmaster.