Hot Takes are student-written reviews of relevant books (especially books in the library of the Bible), movies, shows, events, technology, and anything interesting or important to students (13-17 years of age). Usually light-hearted, each piece is all about developing a Biblical worldview, increasing Biblical literacy, and supplementing student ministries.
Bullies, baddies, and monsters beware!
Because Wednesday Addams is on the case and has taken Netflix by storm (resulting in even a TikTok dance trend). But before you hop on the dance floor with your hands above your head like Jesus said, What would Jesus think of the show?
*Caution: Some spoilers!*
Although the show starts out with Wednesday standing up for her bullied brother, Pugsley, she takes it a bit too far by putting piranhas in the pool to punish her brothers tormentors.
Watching this vengeance may feel funny and satisfying, but it leads to Wednesday’s expulsion from school. So the show at least does get that right, revenge is always more expensive and less fulfilling than forgiveness.
For the rest of the season, Wednesday, played by Jenna Ortega, sleuths the halls of Nevermore Academy, a school for outcasts in Jericho, Vermont.
The show’s town is based of the real-town of Jericho, Vermont – but both towns get their name from one of the oldest cities ever named in the Old Testament, Jericho. This town is of course the first town the Israelites conquered following their Exodus out of Egypt into the Promised Land.
Based off an old TV show your leaders and parents would know more about called the Addams Family, Wednesday is spooky, but it is absolutely not cooky.
Blood pours over every episode and dark themes prevail, so be careful not to process this show all by yourself. Invite your parents to weigh in, watch it first (if you haven’t already), and talk through the good, the bad, and the scary.
Paul reminds us all, Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. -Philippians 4:8
If you cannot do this while watching Wednesday, maybe steer clear until you are older.
If you can focus on how the show avoids drug and alcohol abuse, includes a diverse cast, and stirs admirable ideas of how our differences are no excuse to draw lines that divide us from each other.
Then watching Wednesday, will be a snap. [Snap, snap]