This Week's Review:
For years, Christian storytelling has tried too hard to create an emotional impact by injecting – what I call – “cheap moments of tragedy”. Halfway through the Christian film “Courageous”, for instance, the protagonist’s daughter is randomly hit by a car, a moment that – to some viewers – exists simply for shock value. On Adventures in Odyssey, this narrative faux-pas can be found in the episode “Never for Nothing”, where a child suddenly falls out of a tree in its third act. They’re moments considered too dark and shocking given the stories’ tones, that feel too random and out of place and that, ultimately, make you roll your eyes instead of feeling genuine emotion.