“A.D.-The Bible Continues” is a highly anticipated sequel to NBC’s successful miniseries from 2013 called “The Bible”. The lead role of Jesus was played by “Mama Mia” star Juan Pablo Di Pace. The show also stars Vincent Regan of “300” and “Snow White and The Huntsman” fame playing the role of Pontius Pilate, the governor that ordered Jesus’s execution.
Regan admitted in a recent interview that he is actually agnostic but is still a big fan of Jesus. He mentioned that it was a wonderful thing to preach love and peace and he thinks that Jesus’s teachings were beautiful. Regan says that he is not a fan of the church but he is a fan of Jesus. The church and their separation from the participation of women is one of the darkest sides of Christianity in the actor’s opinion. He believes that woman played a substantial role in the church and that role should be respected.
The show begins with a repeat from the previous miniseries, the crucifixion. The crucifixion was handled in more detail in the previous release and “A.D.” covers what happened after Jesus was killed but the story begins where the last one ended. The first two episodes of the series deal with the resurrection of Jesus and what happened to the disciples after Jesus’s resurrection.
This year’s release will get more national exposure because it is being released on NBC as opposed to The History Channel. The sequel is a good series to sit the family around the television for Easter night. “A.D. The Bible Continues” touches on moments of faith and touches on more subtle themes than last year’s event. There are some emotional scenes with Mary Magdalene and Peter as they realize Jesus has resurrected. The acting is on a higher level than it was for “The Bible”. The writing is a bit flowery and there are some expanded roles such as Pontius Pilate’s wife Claudia who has been having dreams about Jesus and she thinks that no harm should come to him. Pilate dismisses her dreams and after the execution he taunts his wife about her dreams saying that Jesus was just flesh and blood and that should quiet her nonsense and dreams.
The Christian audience gathers around the television every year to watch whatever programming caters to them during the Easter holiday. Channels all over television play Bible stories to celebrate the holiday. Entertainment Weekly gives the miniseries a C- for the writing and acting in “A.D.” stating that the miniseries is more Christian pop. The series begins with the crucifixion and continues to trace the actions of Peter and the followers after the resurrection of Christ.
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are the producers of 2013’s “The Bible” and this years “A.D. The Bible Continues”. They are counting on a larger audience this year since they will be released on NBC. The series follows the political, spiritual and social ramifications of Christ’s crucifixion. This series is more difficult to film than its predecessor. “The Bible” was a sequence of well known stories but this series is a commentary on spiritual growth and personal statements from the new testament.
By Deneishia Jacobpito
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