Fall TV First Impressions: Fox
- Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Though Fox’s upcoming fall programs can’t be considered Christian by a long stretch, it’s likely the network will see an uptick in faith-based viewers. Early summaries and trailer clips reveal content many Christians are interested in discussing. How do we handle suffering? Can you really build a perfect society? What was Batman like as a teenager?
Here are the new series premiering this fall on Fox.
Probably the most anticipated new show of the fall, Gotham takes viewers on a journey into DC Comic’s infamous city. The twist? It begins at a time before Batman, when Bruce Wayne was just a scared, orphaned boy, and most of his rouges gallery were still low-level thugs. Instead, the show will focus on a young Jim Gordon (played here by Benjamin McKenzie) as he navigates the underworld of early Gotham. During his investigations the detective forms an unlikely friendship with Bruce, one that will set him on the path to becoming the Dark Knight.
First Impressions: A Batman series with no Batman? Talk about risky. Gotham could easily be this season’s biggest flop or greatest hit, but it’s too soon to tell which. As for Christian viewers, Batman has always been one of the darker superheroes in comics, but if they didn’t take issue with the recent movies they probably won’t mind Gotham.
The Red Band Society
The Red Band Society can only be described as bittersweet. Based on a Catalan series of the same name, the show takes place in a hospital where several teenaged patients attempt to live their lives despite battling cancer, anorexia, and heart problems. In the end, they form a unique bond of friendship that’s symbolized by their medical bracelets. The Red Band Society mixes heavy emotion with a playful artistic touch, like making the narrator a ten-year-old coma patient. Casting Oscar-winner, Octavia Spencer (The Help), as a no-nonsense nurse wasn’t a bad call either.
First Impressions: The Red Band Society will be a hard show for Christians to watch, but it looks like one worth pursuing. Like The Fault in Our Stars, the story refuses to accept fake emotions, false hope, and spiritual clichés. Rather, the characters embrace the reality of their suffering, leading to many great questions about life, love, and faith.
Reality shows are fickle creatures, but Fox seems to believe this latest entry has the potential for great things. In Utopia, 15 everyday Americans will spend an entire year in an isolated, undeveloped setting, to see if they can build the perfect civilization. Will the result be enlightened peace or utter chaos? Given what we know about human nature (and reality TV), I suspect the latter.
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