Thursday, February 15, 2024

[Review] — "THE CHOSEN: SEASON FOUR—Episodes 4-6"

THE CHOSEN is an innovative historical drama that tells the story of Jesus (Jonathan Roumie) as told by those who knew him. Amidst the Roman oppression that characterized first-century Israel, the seven-season series offers an authentic and personal glimpse into the revolutionary life and teachings of Jesus. The newest season—the fourth—debuted in theaters this month in block—episodes 1-3 aired from February 1st to February 14th, 4-6 from February 15th to February 28th, and 7-8 from February 29th to March 10th.

Dallas Jenkins wrote, directed, and produced THE CHOSEN, which Lionsgate distributes worldwide. It's one of the most-viewed television programs in the world, with more than 200 million viewers. The series is a constant top performer on Peacock, Netflix, and Amazon Prime and was a top-rated show on The CW. With, to date, over 770 million episode views, THE CHOSEN—initially crowdfunded—has achieved worldwide success.

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Let me clarify—I have only seen small portions of the first three seasons aired on The CW, and I haven't watched the first three episodes of Season Four. These are my final comments regarding episodes 4, 5, and 6. Without giving anything away, there is a death in episode 3, and throughout the fourth episode, Jesus and his followers—especially Apostle Thomas—are in grief. There's a lot of drama; it feels longer than its 66-minute length. The episode is dark and dismal but the most exquisite of the three I saw.

I won't go into detail regarding the fifth (nearly 68 minutes) and sixth (64 minutes) episodes; they were intriguing—but several dialogue/conversation scenes lasted too long, and I quickly grew bored with what was occurring on screen. As far as I was concerned, these two episodes functioned as "filler" episodes to set the stage for the seventh and eighth episodes.

Jonathan Roumie delivers a strong performance as Jesus, but there was a mixed bag of soap opera-style acting from some of the cast. That's not necessarily negative because the scripts play out in a soap opera manner. Campy? Yes, at times, but nothing too distracting.

Overall, I felt episodes 4, 5, and 6 were decent—nothing to boast about, but I'm sure they'll appeal to the series' devoted fans. ╌★★★½✰

Disclosure: Many thanks to Come and See Foundation, Inc. for providing screeners for this review. My opinions are 100% my own.

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