One hour was enough. The first episode of A.D. The Bible Continues opened with a question and in one hour presented that question over and over again. "What is truth?" The question Pilate asked Jesus in their moment of confrontation on Good Friday. The program also included this statement from Jesus: "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me."
These words between Jesus and Pilate are recorded in the book of John, yet many people have never heard them. Anyone watching A.D. would have heard them. These words still split the reality of the universe this day. "Everyone on the side of the truth listens to Me."
After one hour I am willing to speak to those who criticized us for endorsing A.D. in advance of seeing all 12 hours. The first hour left me speechless. Downey and Burnett had the courage to ask the right questions. They were honest with the content. They did not betray the historic record of the eyewitness accounts. I pray the balance of the series stays true to the decisions made in this first episode.
As for quality, A.D. does not disappoint. Burnett has owned his indictment against creating "crappy content". Of course he is telling the best story ever written but even with that advantage, he could have messed it up -- and he still might. Episode One, however, was masterful in cinematography, casting, acting and music. At one point the sound editors cued the music at the blinking of Pilate's eyes. Thats the stuff that wins artistic awards. Burnett and Downey had the courage to include powerful biblical imagery like the Passover sacrifice of lambs and the renting of the the Temple curtain at the moment of the death of Jesus. They clearly have studied the text with passion.
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