The Evangelical Dark Web is finally embarking on a review of The Chosen, a product of Angel Vision and the Mormon Church that has captivated so many, becoming the most successful crowdfunded show of all time. In this article/video will be a review of episode 1, “I Have Called You By Name.”
With so much hype, The Chosen’s pilot episode is hot trash. It’s got boring characters and a largely uninteresting plot. Focusing mostly on Nicodemus, Simon (Peter), and Mary Magdalene, The Chosen slugs along. Simon is a young degenerate making one think that he was Simon the Zealot and not Simon Peter. I was certainly confused as Peter is widely believed to have been the oldest of the twelve, yet is portrayed as down on his luck youth with money troubles taking inordinate amounts of risk to get out. This has only been done a thousand times, and to apply this trope to Peter is very ill-placed.
Nicodemus is a celerity teacher who after a traffic stop by the Romans is compelled to get the Jews to pay their taxes. The Romans later compel him to heal Mary in which he fails, eventually citing that only God can do it. Afterwards he has ramblings about “What if the law is more beautiful and more strange than we’ve ever imagined?”
Mary is a demon riddled (implied) prostitute in this show. At the end of the episode, she is healed by Jesus, being the first of the chosen.
The Mary Magdalene Question
I can’t help but wonder whether Mary was chosen first to send a feminist message. Mary Magdalene doesn’t appear chronologically until Luke 8, after the twelve disciples have been chosen, making this a major deviance from Scripture from the onset of the show. Having not seen the rest of the show yet, this question is difficult to answer.
None of the first episode takes place in Scripture in the order that it happens in The Chosen. It’s primarily about ordinary affairs apart from the demonic possession. The one event that is in Scripture is done poorly and unfaithful to the source material.
Despite being well made and competently acted the first episode of The Chosen is boring and unbiblical.