The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

AFA Takes on 'Lucifer'

Should Christians tell FOX to drop their upcoming show, "Lucifer?"
Lucifer (Tom Ellis) is confronted by Angel Amenadiel in Lucifer. (FOX)
The American Family Association and its offshoot, One Million Moms, are mad as H-E- double hockey sticks at FOX and for their upcoming program, Lucifer. Basesd loosely on a character from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comics, Luicifer is scheduled to debut on FOX's 2016 slate of shows, but Christians are not standing for it.

To date, the petition asking FOX to withdraw the series, has had more than 126,000 signatures from AFA and 16,000 from One Million Moms. Why the uproar? The Lucifer show “will glorify Satan as a caring, likable person in human flesh” states OMM on their website. The show is about the devil who is bored with the underworld, quits his “job,” movies to Los Angeles, opens a nightclub and helps police solve crime in his free time. Apparently, God isn't too keen on this arrangement and send down Angel Amenadiel in hopes of changing Lucifer's mind.

From the trailer from FOX, Tom Ellis who plays Lucifer, is certainly likable and has some great lines, but overall, the show looks more silly than sinister. The petition says that the show “mischaracterize Satan, depart from true biblical teachings about him, and inaccurately portray the beliefs of the Christian faith,” which is definitely true. Somehow though, I doubt that FOX didn't already know that or even cared.

As a Christian and with the limited knowledge I have about the show, I see no value in watching it. My biggest concern about such a show would be keeping little ones away from it, who could possibly get confused that the devil could actually be a good guy. However, children shouldn't be watching a show about nightclubs and street crime to begin with.

Unless the show is much better than the pilot shows, I doubt that it will last long on the air to begin with. So, what about this petition? Do you think it is worth the effort or do you think that all of the negative publicity will backfire making the show more interesting to watch?

Here is the trailer for the upcoming show. What do you think of the show?


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