Monday, September 26, 2016

Concussion (2015) An Impartial Point of View

Based on a true story, Concussion depicts the heartbreaking journey of Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2005 when he makes a groundbreaking medical discovery.

“Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma.” (Concussion Legacy Foundation)

Dr. Bennet Omalu is a brilliant and devoted neuropathologist. He is also a devout Christian with a heart of gold, a deep compassion for the victims he examines, and a drive for the truth. He does his job very well, because he heeds his instincts. It is those instincts that leads him to his discovery, a discovery that could save lives.

So, what is the problem?

There shouldn't be a problem.

Dr. Bennet Omalu simply does his job.

What does he get for his revolutionary discovery? His credibility is questioned and attacked. He is shunned. He is called un-American. He and his wife are harassed, and the tremendous stress leads to an even greater loss. His boss is investigated. There appears to be no end to the reach of the football world, and they use it to shut down a humble doctor. Meanwhile, people continue to die in confusing and terrifying ways.

Dr. Omalu has the truth on his side. No amount of money and power can bring them close to the power of the truth. No amount of pulled strings or character assassinations can get in the way. They cannot deny the rising body count, especially the death of a powerful football veteran. Inevitably, Dr. Omalu wins his turn to speak.

Luke 8:17 says, "For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all." (NLT)

There are few things I find more despicable in this world than abuse of power, and those who enable it are no better. It sends the message that the only people who deserve justice are those with money or high rank, and it gives them an unchristian sense of entitlement. What happens to Dr. Omalu over his pursuit of the truth is a travesty.

It makes me glad that I never wasted a second of my attention on professional football. Like Dr. Bennet Omalu, my sight is not tainted by prejudice against the pure intention of saving lives. I celebrate Dr. Bennet Omalu for his genius, his devotion, and his kindness. Despite all opposition, his discovery led to better care for athletes and veterans. He prevents death. Let us all celebrate him.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Blacklist (2016) Season 4 Premiere

Season 4 of the Blacklist premieres tomorrow night, September 22 on NBC.

The Blacklist is the story about the important FBI work of Raymond Reddington (James Spader) and Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) taking down the most dangerous criminals in the world.

The trick is that Reddington is a member to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. He is a cunning, dangerous criminal. He is a thief, a murderer, and everything in between. He is also a man of steadfast wealth and wisdom.

Why, then, would he risk it all by turning himself into the FBI and betraying his fellow criminals?

There in-lies the true mystery of The Blacklist. Why?

That reason's name is FBI Profiler Elizabeth Keen. Who is she? From where does she come? What is her connection to Reddington?

Throughout the first three seasons, these questions are slowly answered. The pair put away many horrible criminals, and Elizabeth experiences many revelations about the depth of Reddington's role in her life.

He is protective of her. He takes care of her. He goes to great lengths to save her life. She is the only human being on the Earth he would risk his life to keep safe. He loves her.

One question that remains unanswered: What sets her apart? Why is she so special? What is their connection?

One of the most common theories is that Reddington is Keen's biological father. Though it is understandable, I doubt it. With three years in the running, there is no need for a biological connection. Over three years, their relationship rises above technicality. They are forever linked by the good work they do together.

He becomes her surrogate father and guardian angel.

I am eager to see what answers Season 4 will provide. Hopefully, the premiere will tell us more about this new villain, Keen's captor, who claims to be Keen's biological father in Reddington's attempt to save her from him. It is bound to be an exciting journey.