Sunday, July 2, 2023

Eleanor`s Bench Directed by Stephan Schultze - Series Overview & Episode 2 Review


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ries Name
Eleanor's Bench


 Release Date
Streaming on Pure Flix June 30th

 Series Synopsis
Eleanor Thomas’s success as a Washington DC juvenile court judge is challenged when her inner-city past comes to court and demands more than judgment, prompting her to return to her impoverished neighborhood of youth. Will her renewed sense of purpose reinvigorate her faith?


Series Info
“Eleanor’s Bench” is a powerful reminder that we’re all equal in God’s eyes.

 “Eleanor’s Bench” is a touching show that shines a light on the juvenile justice system in an informative and enlightening way.

“Eleanor’s Bench” is full of important lessons about following God’s calling, practicing self-control, learning from your past and discovering that we are enough and deserving of God’s love.

“Eleanor’s Bench” is a truly relatable story with many complex issues that deal with spiritual, emotional and physical healing.

“Eleanor’s Bench” explores timeless themes of renewal, faith and healing.


Cast List
Cameron Arnett, Reginald (Saved by Grace, RUNNING THE BASES, Vindication, DISCARDED THINGS)
Demond Wilson, Isaac (Sanford and Son)
Lori Schultze, Pat
Wesley Williams, Elijah
Rebecca Rogers, Heather (LIFEMARK)
Kamillah Matthews, Jewels
Durrel Nelson, Eddie (director and producer of AN UNLIKELY ANGEL, TEXAS REIN)
Caleb J. Avery, Drayvon
Scotty Curlee, Attorney Banks (WAR ROOM, OVERCOMER, EXTRAORDINARY)

Series Bible Verses
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. – Luke 6:37 (NIV)

Episode 2 Themes
Hurt people, hurt people
Our past is never completely in the past
Eleanor’s heart for helping at-risk kids
Self-restraint and self-control in the face of bullying
Family sacrifices for family

My Review (episode 2)

Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.
Eleanor's Bench is a new series streaming on Pure Flix. It follows Eleanor, a juvenile court judge who sort of reminded me a little bit of Judge Judy. Someone who is no-nonsense but will give the kids who come her way a chance to get their lives back on the right track instead of punishing them and sending them to juvie straightaway. At least that was how I viewed it after only watching the second episode. 
Eleanor also has an ailing father who refuses to go to the doctor. She's clearly got a lot to deal with, but she handles it well, even when things seem tough.
Episode two was a very emotional one. It made me angry at times, and it made me sad as well. I feel like the justice system for kids is broken. The teenage girl in this episode did have some issues, but juvie obviously wasn't going to fix them. And seeing the other lawyer trying to seek that as a punishment was frustrating. I was glad when Eleanor gave her a chance and ordered proper treatment for her instead. Too often, it seems like adults would rather use a one size fits all approach for kids/teens (and even adults), when some of them just need a helping hand instead. 
This show also shines a light on other issues. In episode two, there are adults who seem like they're trying to use a child to get involved in something drug related to earn money to help his mom pay rent. And there's the implication of domestic violence. That ending was very sad. 
While I need to go back and watch episode one, I will say episode two kept me engaged and made me want to watch the rest of the show. I'm curious to see just how the rest of Eleanor's path plays out in this limited series. 
If you are a fan of faith-based dramas with characters dealing with complex issues, you'll want to give Eleanor's Bench a watch. 

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