Tommy Nelson recently asked me to review the new Bibleman Powersource Combating the Commendant of Confusion: a Bibleman LIVE Adventure. The Commandant of Confusion and his side kick, Chaos, interrupt the Bible Adventure Training Academy and steal the Bible Team’s secret weapon, which helps them put on the full armor of God “anytime, anyplace.” There is a warning label on the secret weapon that reads in part, “this device contains the most powerful weapon known to man, follow instructions closely to prevent severe harm.” Will the Commandant heed the warning? Will the Bible Adventure Team recover it? Scripture lesson: “God is not a God of confusion but a God of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 (ICB)
This was my first experience with the new actor playing Bibleman. Maybe it’s because I grew up with Willy Aames playing Buddy on Charles in Charge. I could tell right away this was not the original Bibleman. Also during a particularly physical scene it was obvious to the adults in the room that the characters were lip syncing. When we pointed this out to The Thinker he didn’t notice it at all. Bibleman’s actions seemed very choreographed and exaggerated. Perhaps it was because the movie was shot live and he wanted to make sure the back of the auditorium could see.
Regardless of any “cheese” factor, I still really appreciate the Bibleman movies. Mr. Steady and I do not let our children play with any other superheroes because they get their power from themselves or mutations they’ve experienced. But Bibleman always points out that his power comes from God and he wins his battles by quoting scripture and drawing his strength from God. At the end of the movie Bibleman gives his testimony and presents the message of the gospel.
Since this was a children's DVD I asked The Thinker to join me in this review. The Thinker thought the explosives were cool. He would have preferred that the movie be longer. The Thinker thought the new actor playing Bibleman looks and acts like the original scientist and teacher. His paraphrase of the message of the movie “This was about putting on the full armor of God. The villains tried to confuse (Bibleman) by telling him wrong things.”