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Fridge / Jesus Christ Superstar

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  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • In the 2000 version, by the end of the movie, Judas's shirt is pretty torn up. Kinda confusing until you remember that the tearing of clothing is a Jewish mourning ritual.
      • Not only that, but it is a humiliation ritual too. Note how in the Bible, the High Priest/Pilate rips Jesus' clothes after he condemns him.
    • In the 2018 NBC performance, Pilate is wearing a bright purple tailcoat and metallic gold shirt, making him look more like a circus ringmaster than a political leader. That's the point. Pilate finds himself at the center of his own dark "circus" when confronted with a furious mob and a suspect who refuses to give him straight answers to his question.
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    • These lyrics in "Trial Before Pilate". The crowd unintentionally tells Pilate the only way he can "help" Jesus to fulfil his mission:
    Pilate: You're a fool, Jesus Christ!
    How can I help you?
    Crowd: Crucify him! Crucify him!
    • In both films, before Damned For All Time, Judas appears in several scenes in the background, looking disapprovingly. It tells what was that really drove Judas into the betrayal.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • If Judas' "mind is clearer now", and considering the sheer weirdness of this last week of Jesus' life, what were the previous three years of his ministry like?
      • Although he does say this before the weirdness of the last week starts. In fact, the Ironic Echo once everything is thoroughly mucked up with Judas saying "[his] mind is in darkness now" indicates that whatever the previous years of following Jesus around were like, clearly nothing measured up to what we see in terms of awfulness.
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    • The question of Jesus' divinity raises this once you think about everything Judas went through. Basically, if this version of Jesus is divine, he essentially deliberately pushed his best friend into having a breakdown and committing suicide (thus damning him for all time which is exactly what Judas was most afraid of happening)...and what makes it even worse is that Judas has the potential to be fully aware of all this during Superstar.

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