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Sons of Thunder from PureFlix

Sons of Thunder from PureFlix

Sons of Thunder from PureFlix

Sons of Thunder from PureFlix is a Christian series that follows the life of Simon.  “Combat vet Simon motorcycles across the country, working odd jobs, helping those God puts in his path, and trying to atone for past sins in a biker club.  Parental Warning: Adult Situations”

Yes, there are VERY adult topics in this series.  There is evidence of drinking and violence.  Still, it is a clean alternative to enjoy shows, like this, without the sex and extreme violence.  Now, I there are things I need to be honest about.

First and Foremost

I enjoy Pure Flix.  I have come to enjoy doing my reviews and/or giveaways for streaming clean television/movies.  This is something I wouldn’t hesitate to let my kids just flip on and choose whatever they want to watch without standing over their shoulders.  Again, just because it is Christian based doesn’t mean it doesn’t have adult topics that NEED to be addressed if your children watch.  That doesn’t mean all of the shows or movies, but some of them.

Now for the Nitty Gritty

Complete honesty.  This first episode lacked a lot to be desired, for me.  I was talking to my husband about this first episode (there are more but I’m only referencing the first one).  I was telling him the premise behind the series and what my thoughts were.

So, the main character Simon is a tough looking, mean, bad biker man.  Well, that is what the show eludes too.  In the first episode, there are only flashbacks, so you get a little bit but not a lot.  He is on the quest to return what appears to be a knapsack with a Bible in it.  He reads the Bible and asked the Lord for salvation.  So, all in all, this is a story about a Saul to Paul conversion.  I get that.

Yet, this first episode was an intense theme and it just didn’t play out well.  It didn’t expand the characters.  This one episode could have been the entire first season (there are 7 episodes).  The acting is okay, not great BUT the cinematography and videography is WAY better than some other things that I’ve seen.

I likened this first episode to my Doug.  He is a dear dear friend of mine…a brother to me… and he is this rough looking, big ol, hairy, gruff person riding in on his Harley.  He looks SO intimidating when he rolls up.  Then, he gets off his bike, takes off his glasses…and those eyes…that voice…that laugh…he is a softy who is the most precious person ever.  That is who Simon reminds me of.  Yet, internet land doesn’t know my Doug.  So, not a great analogy.

This is a Good Analogy

Since most people wouldn’t get analogy, this is my next analogy.  Have you ever tried to get a pearl out of an oyster?  You get the tools and you work so hard trying to pry the oyster open.  Finally, you crack it a little and you open it up…only to find sand.

That is what this first episode was like.  So many good elements, such a good storyline…yet it needed development.  It needed to be longer.  It needed to be the season LOL.  I wanted more.  I can handle the not great acting because the story was good.  Honestly, it left me bitter.  I wanted more.

Episode 2

Now, this one was better.  The storyline was okay…it had many “aha” moments in it for me.  Simon is a funny guy and I didn’t get that in the first episode.  I’m finding myself vested in what he does.  Reminds me of the movie Joshua.  I want to know who owns the knapsack.  Does he reunite the man (or boy) with the Bible?  How did it get lost?  What is his backstory?

So now I’m committed.  I want to know the end and I’m anxious to see how this all comes back around.

Let’s Talk

There is a character in the show.  His name is Angie D and he is the head of the biker gang.  He walks in the room and you know he is a seasoned actor.  I felt like he looked a lot like Patrick Swayze in his last television series (The Beast) before he died.

I like his character.  That rugged, hardcore biker who has a story that is written all over his face.  I just couldn’t shake it.  I enjoyed the scenes with him in it.  So, at the end of one of the episodes, I decided to see who the actor was, why he looked so much like Patrick Swayze, and what I had seen him in before.

Low and freaking behold…. I WAS RIGHT.  It is Don Swayze, Patrick Swayze’s brother.  Yes, I feel justified cause I caught it.  Here is his picture, just for reference:

Sons of Thunder from PureFlix

You’re welcome 🙂  Now, go start a free trial at PureFlix and dive into all that it has to offer!

EDITED:

I finished the first season and I am VESTED!!!! I am so excited for the new season coming along. See, I tell ya, if you give me a minute to get in the groove, I will like it.

There are so many things I need to know. So. Many. Things.

First season is only 7 episodes. It is worth getting the free trial just to see it. Very anxious to see the second season. Sons of Thunder: Redemption.

Links

Original Sons of Thunder Website: LINK
SOT: Redemption Press Release: LINK
Sons of Thunder Season 1 Trailer:  LINK

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Vindication Season 2 Review and Giveaway

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Vindication Season 2 Review and Giveaway

Vindication Season 2 Review and Giveaway is a series from Pure Flix that’s a teen-friendly crime drama (some parental guidance suggested for mature some mature themes).  It is releasing its second season this month, and we want to spread the word!  First off, I suggest you check out my other review on Vindication Season 1 and catch up!  You can find it on Pure Flix so that they’re ready for the second season when it drops weekly.

About Vindication

Vindication is a unique crime drama series that alters the perception of faith-based entertainment. Detective Travis (Todd Terry, Breaking Bad) has spent 15 years solving cases in the small town of East Bank, Texas. When the addition of an eager trainee upends his routine, Travis is forced to adjust his ways while balancing a growing number of suspiciously consistent cases. At home, tensions between the cynical detective and his devoutly religious wife escalate when their estranged daughter returns home.
Vindication Season 2 Review and Giveaway
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My Thoughts

Becky and Travis are starting new chapters of their lives.  Their daughter has had her son and is no longer living with them, so empty nest syndrome coming along.  The ending of last season begins a new fire inside Travis to help others in a tangible way.  Becky starts a new ministry and that sets up a whole nother dynamic.  I am so stoked about this show!  I’m excited to preview an episode first and then introduce it to my 15 and 17 year old boys because these themes are very relatable to things that go on today.

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Pure Flix Series Vindication Review

Pure Flix Series Vindication Review

Pure Flix Series Vindication Review

While I am down with Co-Vid19, I took the opportunity to binge watch the show Vindication.  This show is a police drama that is set in the suburbs of Dallas.  Detective Gary Travis is the lead character that is portrayed.

First off, I know this sounds harsh, but I say it when I review most Pure Flix shows.  The acting is good but not great.  The first episode didn’t snag me.  I had to get past that one issue.  The moral of the show was good and it was squeaky clean, which makes me happy.  It was just a struggle.

Then, I watched the second episode.  By the end of last night, I watched all 10 because I was invested in the lives of these characters.  You forget that the acting isn’t great and you see the storyline.  Then, you see the grace of God and how He moves throughout all situations, regardless of if it is good or bad.  He is glorified at the end.

Adult Subjects

Another impressive thing was that Pure Flix did not shy away from tough topics.  I do not suggest this show for 12 and under.  I do encourage that parents watch with their children because the themes of each episode are pertinent to the issues we have today.

Dark web, sex trafficking, drugs, rape, infidelity.  Those are a few of the topics that were written for this show.  There is no nudity, swearing, or anything of that sorts BUT the topics are tough ones.  Please be mindful of that when you watch this (which I highly encourage).

Living the Life

I am a cop’s daughter.  There were things that were definitely relatable as Det. Travis deals with his own family.  He can’t separate “the life” from home life.  It weighs on him, but the wife in this show reminds me of my Oak, my mama.  She is steadfast with her prayers and faith, always trying to reach deeper into him and point him to the cross.  What a beautiful depiction.

I am not super excited about Co-vid19 but I am super excited that season 2 is out 🙂  So, I’m heading over to Pure Flix, signing in, and getting ready to watch it to see what happened to the storylines I was so vested in last night.

Season 1 Episode Themes

E1

THEMES/PLOT POINTS/REDEMPTIVE MESSAGES

–          Affairs / Temptation

–          Grass isn’t always greener

–          Self-control and self-mastery

–          Unanticipated consequences of sin

E2

THEMES/PLOT POINTS/REDEMPTIVE MESSAGES

–          Parenting teenagers

–          Public school relationship challenges

–          Teenage relationships / sexting

E3

THEMES/PLOT POINTS/REDEMPTIVE MESSAGES

–          Missing persons: adult/father

–          Money/Marriage conflicts…

Keeping up with the Joneses / wealth/income

  • Insurance fraud

–          Fake friends, infidelity

E4

THEMES/PLOT POINTS/REDEMPTIVE MESSAGES

–          Autism/Disability

–          Assuming the best in people

–          Misunderstood odd behavior

E5

THEMES/PLOT POINTS/REDEMPTIVE MESSAGES

–          Drug addiction/relapse/recovery

–          Marriage challenges

–          Female small groups / prayer request mistakes/assumptions

E6

THEMES/PLOT POINTS/REDEMPTIVE MESSAGES

–          Human trafficking/Prostitution

–          A man/couple who have made it their personal mission to save those caught in this

E7

THEMES/PLOT POINTS/REDEMPTIVE MESSAGES

–          PTSD/military

–          Drug abuse

E8

THEMES/PLOT POINTS/REDEMPTIVE MESSAGES

  • relinquishing control
  • Budding romance
  • Stressed parent/child relationships
  • Repaired parent/child relationship

E9

THEMES/PLOT POINTS/REDEMPTIVE MESSAGES

  • Making decisions to turn your life around
  • Telling the truth about hard things
  • Dark web and buying people

E10

THEMES/PLOT POINTS/REDEMPTIVE MESSAGES

  • Relying on prayer
  • Deliverance
  • Closure
  • Admitting wrong
  • Sex adiction

Media

Vindication Website

Press Release

Facebook

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