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046: The Shepard and the Giant
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October 29, 1988

Connie experiences the story of the Shepard and the Giant using "The Environment Enhancer", a new creation by Whit.


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Character
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Production Team
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Phil Lollar   Dave Arnold
Phil Lollar   Dave Arnold
Writer
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Written By: Chandler

It's time for Whit's End to close. In the Bible Room, Connie finds Whit working on his latest invention--the Environment Enhancer. Connie is not eager to hear a "boring" Bible story, but Whit convinces her to give it a try.

Although the idea of this show is cute, it is extremely unrealistic. How do you "witness" a Bible story by listening to a narration through headphones? To compound the problem, Connie interacts with the characters and even with Whit part way through. Odd considering Connie jumped when Whit spoke to her after she threw off the headphones thinking David would be eaten by the lion. But I'll drop the complaints about the Enhancer. Really, it seems like an Imagination Station adventure. But the Imagination Station hadn't been invented yet, hence the Environment Enhancer. Kind of the same idea as "Return to the Bible Room"--someone tells a Bible story while someone else participates in it.

Concerning the actual story, this seems to be a fairly accurate rendition of the story of David with one major exception. That would be Samuel. Yes, I do find his character quite funny, giving some of the best lines of the show. However, much literary license is used in his portrayal, an aspect that somewhat bothers me because some kids will probably think of Samuel that way even when they hear the story elsewhere.

Connie's actions throughout the story are interesting to hear since we know the story. We can listen to her worry about David being eaten by the lion or her suggestion that David wear King Saul's armor and think "Ha, silly girl." But she's a non-Christian, experiencing this story for the first time. And I like the way that Connie aligns herself with wrong thinking each time. She thinks one of David's brothers should be king, she tells David to forget about Goliath, and she laughs with everyone else when he's called to come before Saul. In the end, however, Connie gets to see David's success due to his faith in God.

This episode is like several other early Bible shows: "V.B.S. Blues", "Return to the Bible Room", and "By Faith, Noah". A lot of extra humor lines are added to the original story. While this adds some comic relief, the stories aren't particularly compelling, although this episode is the best of that group. "The Imagination Station" really takes things to a new level that is lacking in these earlier Bible shows.


Trivia
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This episode marked the first (and last) appearance of the Environment Enhancer, the predecessor of the Imagination Station.
- "Bubba"

This is not have Bob Luttrell or Steve Harris in it.
- Jared DeWhite


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