Denzel Washington recently appeared on Instagram Live with Brooklyn Pastor A.R. Bernard of Christian Cultural Center to talk about his relationship with God and his faith journey. Washington, who is devout Christian, shared that he had given his life to Christ three times when he was younger, Fox News reported. The Academy Award-winning actor described […]
TNT has certainly been successful at creating summer series centered around strong female characters, whether it’s my favorite “The Closer,” “Raising the Bar” or it’s big hit, “Saving Grace.” I felt like the first two seasons of TNT’s police drama “Saving Grace” were just a little too in your face, but in the third season opener, tough as nails police detective Grace Hanadarko ( Holly Hunter) has mellowed ever so slightly while still fearlessly pursuing justice. Although Grace is still getting into trouble for her crazy after hours antics, gone are the days of flashing the neighbor from her bathroom window, elaborate sequences of Grace fighting with her guardian Earl against some ethereal backdrop, and some of the other gimmicks that made the show a little too over the top for my taste.
One theme that has run throughout the entire series, and has continued through the storylines in season three is the idea of free choice. Grace continues to look for the angle that will allow her to bargain with God to get what she wants while Earl continues to teach Grace that God is about free choice, otherwise He wouldn’t be God. In this way, “Saving Grace” truly is bold dramatic programming. It’s a timeless question that continues to receive a refreshing twist as in the second episode of the season when Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham makes a guest appearance as an angel who is jealous of Earl’s relationship with Grace.
These plot points don’t serve as gimmicks, but as genuine character growth as viewers track Grace’s spiritual journey. I think I am going to be one of those viewers who returns this season to discover exactly where that journey will lead her.