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A THOUSAND TOMORROWS: Episode 1.1-1.3

What You Need To Know:

The first three episodes of A THOUSAND TOMORROWS on Pure Flix introduce Cody Gunner, a bull rider who struggles with anger, and Ali Daniels, a barrel rider with a deadly illness. Both win big at the rodeo and begin to discover God’s plan as they face their own challenges. Cody’s mother tries to get him to reconcile with his estranged father, but he remains bitter. As Ali’s condition worsens, she confronts the fact that her illness will take away everything she loves. Cody and Ali become friends and learn to trust each other with their struggles.

The first three episodes of A THOUSAND TOMORROWS use intense rodeo scenes, sweeping landscapes and purposeful acting to take viewers on an exciting ride on the rodeo circuit. Some rodeo sequences feel repetitive and could be condensed, but the plot and character development are engaging. Also, the first three episodes have a strong Christian, moral worldview. The characters read their Bibles, pray for each another and learn to trust God. The story also stresses family, forgiveness, hard work, kindness, and hope. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children.

Content:

(CCC, BBB, P, V, S, A, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian, moral as characters read their Bibles and pray for one another, rodeo announcers pray before a competition, family and sibling relationships are valued, people discuss the damage caused by anger and bitterness, and characters learn to trust God during hardships, with positive themes of forgiveness, hard work, kindness, and hope, plus light Pro-American, patriotic elements where American flags are shown at rodeos and the National Anthem plays

Foul Language:
No obscenities or profanities

Violence:
Rodeo action scenes show bull riders being thrown off bulls

Sex:
No sex scenes but it’s implied that a character slept with a woman he met at a bar (nothing is shown, however)

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
Light alcohol use where characters visit a bar and drink beer, tequila shots and other liquor, and one character appears hungover the next morning

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking, and no illicit drugs (a character is prescribed pain medication, but viewers never see him take it);

Miscellaneous Immorality:
A character lies to avoid talking about her illness, and a man leaves his family but eventually returns.

More Detail:

The first three episodes of A THOUSAND TOMORROWS on Pure Flix follow a bull rider champion who wrestles with his anger at his father for leaving his family long ago and a female barrel racer who struggles with a deadly illness that threatens to take away what she loves most.

A THOUSAND TOMORROWS begins at the birth of Cody’s brother Carl Joseph. His father, Mike, an NFL player, misses his son’s birth, and viewers learn that Carl Joseph has Down syndrome. The episode then moves to a present-day rodeo as Cody is about to ride a bull, and a flashback reveals that Cody’s dad eventually left his family, creating an anger in Cody that fuels his rides. After the rodeo, Cody and his friends visit a bar, and Cody meets up with a girl. The next day, Cody’s mother calls him, revealing that his father has returned and wants a second chance, but Cody remains bitter. After a ride that injures his hand, he sees Ali coughing and offers her water. The episode concludes with Cody video-calling his brother.

Cody returns home to recover from his injury, and his mother encourages him to forgive his father. Meanwhile, at the next rodeo, Ali gets worse, and viewers learn that she has cystic fibrosis—a disease her sister also had and eventually died from—and needs a lung transplant. While giving up racing could improve her condition, Ali refuses to give up on her dreams.

Episode 3 begins at another rodeo. Cody’s family, including his father, comes to watch him. However, he continues to ignore his mother’s plea to forgive him. Cody and Ali also have their first “date.” They meet outside of her trailer and talk about why they ride. Ali rides for her sister while Cody rides to channel his anger. The two continue to meet up as the circuit continues, and they become close friends.

A THOUSAND TOMORROWS is a six-part miniseries based on a novel by Karen Kingsbury. The first three episodes of A THOUSAND TOMORROWS use intense rodeo scenes, sweeping landscapes and purposeful acting to bring viewers along for an exciting ride on the rodeo circuit. Some of the rodeo sequences begin to feel repetitive and could have been condensed, but the plot is generally engaging. Also, each character develops in ways that will keep viewers watching.

Even better, the first three episodes have a very strong Christian, moral worldview. Throughout the story, characters read their Bibles and pray for one another. There’s even a prayer by the rodeo announcers before the competition. The first three episodes also stress the importance of family and sibling relationships and reveals the damage caused by anger and bitterness. Also, characters learn to trust God during hardships. Finally, themes of forgiveness, hard work, kindness, and hope permeate the story. However, the series has some complex themes such as the theme of dealing with a deadly illness. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children. That said, the first three episodes of A THOUSAND TOMORROWS are entertaining and rewarding, with some exciting, touching moments.

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.