Wednesday, 15 June 2016

It's a Meaningful Life by VeggieTales

It was the biggest football game of his life and Stewart (Larry the Cucumber) had a chance to win it all.  Injured in one bad play, his hopes of playing in the Salad Bowl - and living a life of fame and fortune - are dashed forever.  Years later, silly-but-sweet Stewart loves his family, friends and job at the toy train factory, but still wonders "what if" things had been different.
When he meets a mysterious train conductor who can turn back time, Stewart gets a chance to have the life he always wanted.  Will he finally find all he's been looking for?  And what does this mean for those he loves most?  Find out in this story of wonder and a lesson in being content.

What did I think?
It’s a Meaningful Life, is a wonderful episode of the famed Christian TV series, VeggieTales.
For starters, the episode was visually engaging with the animators having done a wonderful job. The little town of Rockwell is a real cute place that kids are sure to relate to and like.
Stewart (Larry the Cucumber), is having doubts about if he is doing well enough for his family by living and working in his small town. The journey he goes on is an exciting and creative one; in which he makes some realizations that are helpful for people of all ages.
I’m very impressed by the creator’s clean sense of humor. The children won’t get all of the humor, but the adults will get a good chuckle out of it.
The story will hit everybody in a different way, but there are lessons to learn for both kids and adults. I’d highly recommend you watch this episode.

You can watch the trailer on Youtube.
You can buy It’s a Meaninful Life, on VeggieTales’ website.

About VeggieTales:

Through hilarious storytelling, silly songs and lovable characters, VeggieTales presents meaningful lessons with faith-based values - like forgiveness, honesty and thankfulness - that are easy for kids to understand and that help guide them in their day-to-day lives.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

NCIS: New Orleans: Collateral Damage (Season 2, Episode 21)

Episode Storylines:
  1. The team investigates the death of a woman who was meeting with a US General.
  2. Pride’s old friend asks him for help in the investigation.
  3. Brody seems to be dealing with some issues brought on from her job.
  4. Conflict between LaSalle and Pride. 

Violence, sex, drugs, other:
  • LaSalle embraces a girl he knows on the streets.
  • Brody references going to nightclubs and staying out late.
  • Episode starts and ends in a bar.
  • It’s suggested certain characters are having an affair.
  • I don't recall any foul language 

Questions to consider after watching episode:
  1. Should the status of somebody matter in prosecution?
  2. Are you avoiding confronting fears and anxieties in your life?
  3. Have you made yourself available to talk to friends that need to talk?
  4. Are you willing to endure the consequences of doing the right thing?
  5. Do you have a team of people around you to support you and spur you on? 

What did I think?
I did enjoy this episode, and there were some interesting points brought up. I will say that perhaps I enjoyed the mystery of this episode more than the lessons I gleaned from it.

There were quite a few references to going out to nightclubs and staying out late, but they were countered as being something negative in some dialogue.

I appreciated how the team stuck together. No matter if they disagreed on how a situation should be handled, they were able to help one another, and keep the big picture of what they were trying to accomplish in front of them.

I think about that in light of Christian fellowship. We’ll all have different gifts and personalities, but we should be able to push each other in the right direction, encourage one another, and have each other’s back no matter what.

The episode was well presented and keeps you engaged throughout it. I’d consider watching this show again.

Rating: 4.1 out of 5

What did you think of this episode?

Monday, 2 May 2016

Chicago Med: Hearts (Season 1, Episode 14)

Episode Storylines:
  1. Dr. Choi is struggling with PTSD.
  2. An army veteran hears his heart beat in his head, and seeks treatment.
  3. A boy is brought in with a broken arm. A shocking discovery is made about his brother.
  4. Dr. Reese is matched for pathology, but has second thoughts about it.
  5. April considers going out with a patient’s father against Maggie’s wishes.
  6. Dr. Rhodes must deal with a child dying on operating table

Violence, sex, drugs, other:
  • The episode starts with Dr. Glass sleeping in Dr. Choi’s bed. Dr. Choi leaves her and goes for a run at 3am (as he struggles with his PTSD).
  • I don’t recall any foul language.
  • A boy picks up a button covered in blood. Has concerning reason to become a doctor.
  • A man stabs himself in the ear with a pencil.
  • Dr. Halstead goes to the bar after work

Questions to consider after watching episode:
  1. Is it more difficult to deal with things we can’t see like emotional trauma, or physical and tangible issues we can see?
  2.  Are you willfully blind to any areas or problems in your life?
  3. Are you fighting as hard for yourself as your heart does?
  4. What would you do as Griffin’s mother?

What did I think?
This was a solid episode that makes you ask some tough questions. This was the first episode I watched of this show, but I can say I look forward to watching more in the weeks to come.

Feel this show could be a good example of the need for people to work together to get tasks complete. In this show, they work together to treat patients and help families. As Christians, we must work together in the great commission and bringing God glory.

Rating: 4 out of 5

What did you think of this episode?