Aqedah - Drama

Aqedah is a supernatural drama containing Angels, demons, new secret Christian Gospels being discovered and Vatican conspiracies, much like “The Da Vinci Code.”   It looks at religious artefacts in a way comparable to “Indiana Jones” (Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail.)  One of the main characters is an Angel, like Castiel from "Supernatural."   Biblical times meets the modern-day in a new and exciting way. 

John McDermott  Aqedah:   1 hour TV pilot   Thriller   Supernatural   Teen    LGBTQ+

Tagline

Sacrifice for paradise. 

 

Logline

Delannie, 21, who recently identified as male, has been told she is a prophet of the Lord: her mission, to guard ancient religious documents from the Vatican, and believe angels and demons are real, otherwise there will be a religious war on a scale never seen before. 

 

Brief Synopsis

The year is 33AD.  Simon travels with Jesus, recording his words and actions.  He now believes Jesus is who he says he is.  He writes his Gospel and collects writings from other eyewitnesses.  He hides these writings in the caves.   Present day, JOSHUA, 24, enters the cave.  He finds the writings of Simon.  He can't believe it.  He photographs some of the scrolls and emails them to several people. 

 

However, that night two scrolls were stolen from his house by a MYSTERY MAN who travels to America with them in a protected suitcase.  On the way to their destination in New York, the car they are in crashes and the suitcase ends up travelling downstream in a river, perhaps lost forever.    

 

One month later, DELANNIE finds the scrolls in a briefcase stuck against a branch in the river.  She fishes the briefcase out of the river.   Later, at home curiosity gets the better of her and she opens the briefcase.   She puts on gloves and carefully reads the scrolls.  There is a flash drive – she puts it in computer.  She spends the night reading them.  When she put flash drive in – it activated a homing beacon.  The Vatican and Father Michaelangelo are now on the case – they know where the scrolls are – New York.  She shows some of the scrolls to her hundreds of followers on Instagram.  They all think they are cool, but have no idea what they are. 

 

Meanwhile demons are starting to wreak havoc in New York.  We meet the ANGEL for the first time.  He makes himself known to Delannie and reveals his true angelic self to her.  DALE RICHMOND, a Supreme Court judge and Delannie’s dad, is confronted by the Angel who tells him he has to prove his faith in God.  He has to sacrifice his daughter like Abraham did with Isaac.  Dale dismisses him as a lunatic. 

 

Delannie meets another angel PHILO who informs her she is a prophet of the Lord.  Delannie is still not convinced, how can angels and demons be real?  This is too much for her to take in.  Dale consults his law books to find a way out of sacrificing Delannie, according to the Gospels, Jesus said we should not be put to the test. 

 

The Vatican priests arrive in New York.  They meet with a local Bishop and commence their quest to find the scrolls.  Michaelangelo spots the angel walking along 5th Avenue.  He recognises him forom a painting in the Vatican basement – he is the angel that was by Jesus’ side throughout his later life.  He finds a piece of the scrolls and he now is sure they are eal.  He must find them before they are made public.  He finds Delannie and ask her to hand over the scrolls.  But other parties and the secret religious Moabite sects want the scrolls for themselves, and they would not hesitate to kill. 

 

Dale learns that Aqedah is a Hebrew verb which means to bind, as in the binding of Isaac to be sacrificed.  Reluctantly, Dale takes Delannie to the park.  There is an altar laid out for him.  Delannie lies on the altar.  Mr Richmond lifts his hands with a sharp knife in it above Delannie's body.  He brings the knife down.   He knocks her skin drawing blood.  The angel appears to them both.  He reveals once and for all his angelic being.  Delannie has now accepted her destiny and her new calling.  She will guard the scrolls with her life and with the angel’s help, they will overcome any challenges this new supernatural religious life will throw at them.  There will be many sacrifices for paradise.    

 

Characters

DALE RICHMOND – He is a Supreme Court Judge and a Roman Catholic. He has worked hard all his life, and perhaps too hard as he has made excuses for not spending time with his son Daniel.  After being confronted by the angel, his faith is strengthened and his relationship with his transgender son is healthier. 

DELANNIE - Delannie is a 21 year old Theology student.  She is also transgender.  She was born a boy called Daniel.  She is finding her place in the world and is in love with TARA, 19.  When she is told she is a prophet of the Lord by the angel, she starts to question everything.  When she accepts her destiny, she must believe in angels and demons quickly, and adapt to this new supernatural life. 

ANGEL – His vessel looks like a 30 year old male, but he is thousands of years old.  He was present during Jesus’ ministry, and is now present in New York to watch over the new scriptures that have been discovered. 

MICHAELANGELO – He is a Vatican priest who has been sent to New York to recover the Gospel of Simon.  He is down to earth and has no problem telling it how it is, a priest with real grit.  His faith is strong, and he would die for the church and its mission. 

 

The series

Each episode will be based on a story from the Bible and be set in the modern day.   It will look at the emotions each character faced, and how they overcome their obstacles.  There are dozens of relatable stories in the Bible, each one with a unique character arc and morale.

  

Future episodes

The Good Samaritan – The beggar who was beaten up at the side of the road in the Biblical story is today a Wall Street Banker.  Many people walk past him, but a homeless man wheeling his trolley full of possessions comes to his aid. 

Demonic bubonic – A demon threatens to unleash the Bubonic plague on New York unless a murderer in prison is released within 24 hours. 

The Saviour’s Gospel – This gospel contains the actual words spoken by Jesus.  It also contains accounts of the life of Jesus that don’t match those in the four Gospels.  The Vatican must contain the release of this gospel until they can study it and determine its true meaning.