YMMV / Brimstone

YMMV for the TV Series

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Was Gilbert Jax actually part of the break-out? He was too new to Hell to have any powers, too unstable to control, and had no useful skills of any kind. Sending him back would have been child's play if not for the Devil's interference. It's not hard to argue that the Devil let him go just to mess with Zeke.
  • Genius Bonus: In It's a Helluva Life, the Devil accusing Zeke of imagining a "Saintly" life that could get him into heaven, and Zeke insists "I never said saintly." The joke here seems to be that Zeke (like most people) doesn't actually realize that anyone who goes to heaven is a "Saint." When a denomination declares someone a "Saint", it merely means that they believe there is proof that person is in heaven.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: You get exactly one guess whom he (go down) plays on that series.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: As recently as 2008, a representative of Warner Home Video commented on the series.
    "Despite the wonderful work of Peter Horton and John Glover, there are no plans at this time to release Brimstone."
  • Retroactive Recognition: In the episode 'Ashes', there's an appearance from Supernatural's Mark Pellegrino.

YMMV for the Novel

  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: The Harriman-Reverend Buck-Laura Hayward subplot ultimately has nothing to do with the main plot, beyond being started by it.

YMMV for the Movie

  • Anvilicious: All believers are Covert Perverts, but in general All Men Are Rapists, understand?
  • Americans Hate Tingle: The film was highly appreciated in Europe, but American critics everywhere disliked it, blaming the exploitation of violence and sex for effect.
  • Broken Aesop: In particular, although he certainly fits Ax-Crazy, Covert Pervert, and Parental Incest, the Reverend is meant to symbolize the hidden hypocrisy of Christianity, but he is such a mad and obvious villain that many people did not associate his crimes with his religious views directly, preferring to perceive him as an ordinary mentally ill person, who was also an Abusive Parent.
  • Broken Base:
    • Is this an outstanding feminist film about the hell in which women lived in the 19th century, or is it a primitive anti-religious film that abuses violence and sex to shock a sensitive audience?
    • Was it justified that the Reverend is portrayed as an immortal maniac slasher killer, or was it an alien element that prevented the film from being taken seriously?
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Did anyone doubt that Elizabeth was raped by her own father after she was insulted hearing a Parental Incest joke in the brothel?
  • Complete Monster: "The Reverend" is a stern, misogynistic, religiously-obsessed man who uses the Bible to justify his mistreatment of women. After physically and psychologically abusing his wife Anna for many years, ultimately leading to her suicide, the Reverend begins to lust after his daughter Joanna, intending to force her to marry him. When a friendly bandit sheltered by Joanna tries to stop him, the Reverend shoots him in the face with a cattle gun before dragging his daughter to his chambers to beat and rape her. Joanna escapes and finds a new home in a brothel, where the Reverend tracks her down many years later in an attempt to beat her back into submission to him. Joanna fights back and escapes again, but not before the Reverend stabs one of her best friends to death. After Joanna marries a new husband and becomes a mother, the Reverend once again finds her and proceeds to stalk Joanna's family, slaughtering the livestock, trying to turn her daughter against her, and murdering her husband by cutting open his stomach and strangling him with his own intestines. Joanna flees to her father-in-law's cabin in the mountains, during which journey the Reverend shoots and kills her young stepson. The Reverend proceeds to murder the old man as well before capturing, tying up, and beating both Joanna and her daughter, indicating that he intends to rape the little girl — his own granddaughter — as retribution for Joanna having spurned his perverted advances for so long.
  • Counterpart Comparison: The Reverend is effectively a blend of Noah Cross and Harry Powell, combining the sexual crimes of the former with the religious fundamentalism of the latter.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: While the film received recognition as feminist, some women accused it of being overcrowded with Straw Misogynist and too primitive in its criticism of Christianity.
  • Ending Aversion: Some of the people, in their own words, were disappointed that the Reverend was not a mystical demonic villain, but only the Ax-Crazy father of main character.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The general view is that the film is too subtle with its feminist message, repeatedly hinting that "a woman has the right to freedom," but openly saying it only at the very end of the film.
  • What An Idiot: Why does Elizabeth say nothing to her husband when she finds out that the Reverend is her sexually abusive and sociopathic father? The plot would be resolved very quickly if she immediately told the truth, and did not arrange hide and seek with him.