Wednesday, April 5, 2017
I'm cheap so I passed on the $24.99 for the full season. Anyway, the easiest way to describe the show is American Bible Challenge on steroids. Four hopelessly likeable teenagers compete in the toughest Bible quizzer you'll ever see. They even have to recite long passages from the Bible on demand, which is a lot more than I could do. About all I could manage is "Thou shalt not steal."
I don't mind the show. It's always nice to see contestants who know their stuff and can strut their stuff, on any subject matter. There are a few quibbles. The music is annoyingly repetitive and overdramatic, the proselytizing is heavy (but nobody makes you watch the show), and the pace tends to be leaden. Kirk Cameron hosts competently, and the semi-celeb panel that quizzes the kids is okay.
Of course, the show has attracted a bit of controversy, given the topic. One particularly ugly racial swipe: "It's like the Spelling Bee, but with fewer brown people." Some critics - I confess to the offense myself - are just going to be nasty now and then.