What is ‘The 99’ in Lakeville?
Posted by Leah Putz on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 12:00 AM By Leah Putz / October 31, 2013 Comment
The show got even cheesier when a voice commanded, “Come into the light,” and a white light appeared, leading viewers into the next room while Satan begs us to stay in hell. Behind the light is Christ in the process of Crucifixion. A voice-over describes God’s sacrifice of his only son in order to save the sinner from the certainty of Hell. At this point, the purpose and message is astoundingly clear. The point has been hammered home entirely. However, that isn’t enough for The 99. Again, we are shuffled into the last room, where a pastor is waiting. The pastor again gives the message of the previous voice-over, saying “Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, Hell is not our only option.” He concludes his message with a prayer, saying that whoever follows along with the prayer will henceforth be 'Saved,' and by accepting Christ you will avoid the torment of Hell. Even as a Christian that has already made such a prayer years ago, I felt pressured into doing this. They made it seem as though if you didn’t follow along, you were ensuring an eternity of Hell for yourself. After this, a large group of people waits for you to exit the show. Each of these people are seated at a small table with a single empty chair. Immediately they pounce, forcing you to sit down and talk to them about the show, whether you belong to a church, and how it feels to be ‘Saved.’ This portion was extraordinarily uncomfortable for anyone who isn’t extremely extroverted. They also have information cards to fill out, and immediately ask you to do so. Needless to say, I was glad to get out of there. The 99 definitely isn’t for everyone. In fact, I’d say that unless you are extremely religious, extroverted, and don’t mind seeing death re-enacted, The 99 isn’t for you. If you do fit these criteria, The 99 is open in Lakeville, Friday-Sunday, 7 pm – 11 pm, until November 3rd. For more information, visit their website. Images via: The 99