True story, so subheadings appear with year and date of action.
Think Highway to Heaven, Touched by an Angel & Superman. Episodes will center around young people Jesus meets and their life issues.
Today’s young people like to do things on their iphones. The audience gets to use its computers and iphones to vote on the ending of each episode.
Actors in their 20s. Most of the primary actors will be in their twenties. After all, Jesus had just turned 30. (See below)
21st-century vocabulary in robes. To help young people connect with first-century Bible-based episodes, 21st-century vocabulary is used.
Today’s teens and young adults like superheroes and science fiction. There are subtle similarities in this series. (a) The pilot begins with a shooting star landing and becoming Jesus. (b) Jesus is called the God-Man and the God-King. (c) When he works a miracle, there is likely to be a glow or lightning flash to indicate the supernatural just happened.
The twelve “aides” interact in subplots in every episode to emphasize the ethical point of that episode. See below on how the audience will be able to easily identify such a large supporting cast (12).
Today’s young people have world views. Their unique dress will help viewers keep track of who is who (and encourage international distribution):
- Peter (26) is a fisherman from Galilee, Palestine, so wears a rope necklace with a fish on the end and knee-length brown work tunic. (He eventually went to Turkey and Italy where they dress the same as Palestine.)
- Andrew (23), Peter’s brother, dresses the same. (He eventually went to Turkey where they dress the same as Palestine.)
- James (28) is a fisherman from Galilee, Palestine, so wears an anchor earring and a knee-length brown work tunic. (Died in Jerusalem)
- John (26), James’ brother, dresses the same. (He eventually went to Turkey where they dress the same as Palestine)
- Philip’s (23) name means horse and he eventually went to Egypt as a missionary. Therefore, I made his parents are Egyptian and Arabian Horse breeders and were from Alexandria, Egypt, where half the population was Jewish. He wears a knee-length Egyptian kilt and a neme on his head to keep the sun off his neck.
- Nathaniel (22) is from Cana in Palestine I made his family be in the tapestry business. Therefore, he wears a tapestry robe and a short beard.
- Matthew (32) eventually went to Ethiopia as a missionary. Therefore, I made him a tall black man. He is rich, so wears a tapestry robe and tall cone-shaped tapestry headdress.
- Big Little James (30) is Matthew’s brother, but tradition says he was an Essene, so he wears a plain tunic with a headband. He is Ethiopian and tall.
- Thaddeus (21) is traditionally Syrian. He wears a tidy square beard and blue tunic with fringe on the bottom, red shawl with fringe, and a long sash around his head.
- Simon the Revolutionary (19) is the “hood” of the group and is from Canaan (today’s Lebanon) known for shipbuilding. He wears a 3-tiered leather kilt, short cape, large circle earring, and a flimsy cone-shaped hat.
- Thomas the Twin (31) is traditionally from Syria, but he went to India as a missionary, so made him a sailor. He wears a turban, short beard, and a bright-colored sari.
- Judas (33) is from Kerioth in Judea and was their egotistical treasurer. He wears a colored tunics and a white Roman toga.
Today’s young people like superheroes but don’t understand “Savior”. Jesus is called the God-Man or God-King, his miracles are called superpowers, and he reads minds. Further, Jesus was not just a carpenter. They did not have lumber yards then. He had to go up in the mountains and chop down his own trees. He had to be a strong lumberjack.
Jesus has the personality of a cross between the caring and muscles of Superman and the energy and instincts of Robin Williams.
For example, if he sees a crippled man begging on a mat, he gets down on his belly, props his chin up with his hands and talks with the cripple. When he stands, he says, “By the way, you can get up now. You’re healed.” If he sees a woman with a hand missing, he may talk to her a while, then offer to shake hands, and, when she raises her stump, her hand is back. Jesus grins.
Smart young people want proof. A special education teacher for young teens told me the thing they are most frustrated about is that everyone lies to them. On the website are citations for viewers to double check the biblical and historical accuracy of each episode.