I once heard someone comment that the reason why we call our entertainment “programming” was because the powers that be are trying to program you. On many levels, I agree. And so, a few years ago I got rid of my television; unless I’m watching news that’s on in my office or a really good show that someone convinces me to check out via Netflix, I don’t see too much of the stuff. Luckily I ran across streaming video of ‘The Rock’s’ new show, ‘The Hero.’ I checked it out, and it’s the kind of “programming” I can get behind; the world needs more heroes.
The premise is simple:
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson brings to TNT an epic competition testing the strength, courage, and integrity of a diverse group of nine individuals. Each week, the contestants will be tested, physically, mentally, and morally, as they try to prove that they truly deserve the title of “The Hero” and the life-changing grand prize that goes with it. With temptations around every corner, America watches to see what the contestants are willing to overcome, undergo, and sacrifice on behalf of themselves and others. In the end, it’s America’s call on who will be “The Hero.”
The show has a wide variety of characters from different backgrounds and, as is to be expected, some are more annoying than others. They’re tested mentally and physically. They have to confront their fears and face moral dilemmas. Contestants are required to work as a team, but also to dig down deep for individual challenges. In short, ‘The Hero’ is great family fare that could spark all sorts of quality conversations around the dinner table. I give it two thumbs up.
Currently, my early favorite is Charles, a policeman and SWAT officer. Unlike some of the other contestants, who seem to be filled with pride, Charles appears to be a rather humble guy. He’s not showy. He’s not flashy. He’s just a man who seems to be seeking the inner peace that confronting one’s fears can provide.
When it comes to a show call ‘The Hero,’ it’s to be expected that the casting call will attract confident individuals. However, a true hero does not think he’s better than anyone else. He does not dwell on his strengths, and instead focuses on minimizing or eradicating his weaknesses. He possesses temperance. He is prudent. He can be aggressive when the situation demands it, or he can turn a situation to his advantage with restraint. Without a doubt, the cast of ‘The Hero’ have a long and winding road ahead of them, but my early hopes are for Charles coming out on top.
There aren’t many shows I root for, but I hope The Rock’s ‘The Hero’ is a ratings success.