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A.D. The Bible Continues

"A.D. The Bible Continues" review by Suzanne 4/1/15
Airs Sundays starting April 5 on NBC

I watched the first two episodes of this miniseries and I enjoyed it. They made it a very compelling drama with good actors. I'm not religious at all, so to me it's more of a mythic or fantasy story than history, but they do seem to try to get everything as historically accurate as they can.

This is a sequel to the popular miniseries "The Bible" that ran on The History Channel a few years ago. It doesn't appear to have any of the same actors, writers or directors in it, but it's still produced by Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. Maybe they realized that the first one could use improvement, or perhaps they just got a bigger budget with NBC. Whatever the reason, it seems to have worked.

The story is a good one, even if you know it well, and they do a great job of making the people some like real people. They flesh out the more minor characters a bit. It's not boring or talky. There's a lot of action, and not just from Jesus's crucifixion. The Romans chase the Jews around; the Romans kill people (even each other); there's a big earthquake. It's a good show to watch. It's certainly fine Easter fare.

It stars Richard Coyle, who was so good in last year's "Crossbones". I don't recognize the other actors, but they all are good. The first episode is all about Jesus getting condemned to death, getting crucified, and then everyone else argues and waits around to see if he comes back to life. There is a lot of political intrigue going on between the Romans, the Jews, Jesus' Disciples, and the Zealots (who are kind of like terrorists). Coyle plays Caiaphas, the head Jewish priest that condemns Jesus for blasphemy.

In the second episode, Jesus' body has gone missing, so it's all about how everyone reacts to that. Of course, he does re-appear to his followers. It's interesting to watch. I look forward to seeing the rest.


From executive producers Roma Downey (“The Bible”) and Mark Burnett (“The Bible,” “The Voice”) comes an uplifting spiritual journey through the later chapters of biblical history. “A.D. The Bible Continues” picks up where the smash hit miniseries “The Bible” left off, continuing the greatest story ever told and exploring the exciting and inspiring events that followed the Crucifixion of Christ.

The immediate aftermath of Christ’s death had a massive impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the era, completely altering the entire world in an instant. Beginning at that fateful moment of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, “A.D. The Bible Continues” will focus on the disciples who had to go forward and spread the teachings of Christ to a world dominated by political unrest and the start of a whole new religion that would dramatically reshape the history of the world.

Jesus (Juan Pablo Di Pace) dies on the cross at the hands of the Romans, deserted by even his most loyal of followers. Peter (Adam Levy) and the disciples are hunted by Temple authorities led by High Priest Caiaphas (Richard Coyle) and Roman soldiers under orders from Governor Pontius Pilate (Vincent Regan). For the tiny band of followers, every day is a fight for survival, and their mission to spread the word to the world seems impossible.

Yet, they have hope and soon they have power: the amazing miracle of the Resurrection, and the shocking arrival of the Holy Spirit upon them all at Pentecost enables them to inspire more people to join. The growing church brings challenges for Peter, John (Babou Alieu Ceesay) and Mary Magdalene (Chipo Chung), and they are pushed to the limit, facing trials and imprisonments, persecutions and punishments, all while trying to understand the God-given power granted to them as they transition from the sorrow of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice to the awe-inspiring wonder of the Resurrection and beyond.

Richard Bedser serves as executive producer alongside Downey and Burnett. “A.D. The Bible Continues” is a production of LightWorkers Media.

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