Reviews of television shows are few and far between here. But last Sunday's NCIS Los Angeles show, Warrior of Peace, deserves mention. (Skip this post if you care about spoilers.)
For all of Hollywood's aggressivly secular, if not outright anti-Christian bias (and I don't deny that), every once in a while there is a show that cuts straight to the heart of the Christian story, without any overt mention of Christianity at all. What the regular NCIS Christmas show of 2014, House Rules, did for Christmas, Warrior of Peace has done for Good Friday. The more I think about it, the more parallels I see, but for certain the basics are all there: The protagonist is taken by governmental authorities and turned over those those who demand his execution. He deliberately refuses rescue and walks calmly into certain torture and death, offering himself in exchange for others who are otherwise condemned to die.
Whether planned thus by the writers/producers, or simply in the Providence of God, it can be no coincidence that Warrior of Peace aired on Palm Sunday.