“Everything was beautiful. Nothing hurt.”
Laugh, cry and contemplate the infinite, as one of America’s most influential novelists, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. dives headlong down the rabbit hole exploring death, all the while paying tribute to life. With a wink and a nod, the TV miniseries brings his divine comedy, God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian,
to the screen.
Vonnegut enlists the aid of Dr. Jack Kevorkian at the state-of-the-art lethal injection execution facility in Huntsville, Texas. The plan is to administer a series of “controlled near-death experiences” guiding him through death’s door just long enough to interview the dearly (and not so dearly) departed about the social issues of today; racism, gun control, prison over-population, censorship, war, and nuclear proliferation.
As Vonnegut navigates through history, time, and space, he encounters the notable deceased, as well as angels, demons, love interests, and none other then the crotchety yet philosophical Saint Peter, who strives to keep Vonnegut’s journalistic aspirations in check.
Not one to give up easily, the writer engages in witty conversations with the likes of Isaac Asimov, Mary Shelley, James Earl Ray, Carla Faye Tucker, Eugene Debs, John Brown, Vivian Hallinan, Adolf Hitler, Sir Issac Newton, William Shakespeare, the writer’s own alter ego, Kilgore Trout.
What began in 1999 as a series of ninety-second interludes for WNYC Public Radio, continues in the miniseries as an exploration of questions and answers about who and what we live for, and how much it all matters,
in the end.
Ultimately, it shines a light on the uplifting truth, as felt in our hero’s
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