I love the Allstate Mayhem commercials, they are almost always funny, but the newest one set to air during the Super Bowl is good for more than laughs.
The requisite giggles are present, but viewers will also get a history lesson, and even a slight biblical twist.
It is hard to imagine not having seen some aspect of this series of commercials, but for those that have been a part of a cult that bans television and the Internet, I welcome you to the outside world.
Here is a brief description of the Mayhem series of Allstate ads.
The spots feature underrated character actor Dean Winters playing a metaphorical symbol of mayhem in different situations. Many of the scenarios are over-the-top, but they are entertaining and most importantly, it gets the point across.
He's simulated everything from a falling satellite dish to a streaking fan at an NFL game. All of the roles have been represented with an awesome dead pan and dark sense of humor.
Get ready for the ultimate depiction of mayhem when Allstate's newest commercial runs during the big game.
The insurance giant takes you for a Mayhem-guided spin in a time machine. Winters is an extended metaphor for several instances of calamity in world history.
How far back does Allstate go? Try Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. For more current and relevant comic relief, Winters is Roger Goodell appointing just about anybody as replacement officials.
Once the commercial is over, it seems fairly obvious Winters is portraying Satan and the various ways the devil has wreaked havoc throughout history.
Those that don't buy into general biblical principles may find that to be a stretch, but even from a pure entertainment standpoint, the spot is done very well.
As the transitions and images are being shown on the screen, things are moving too fast to catch every detail.
I've watched it a couple of times and picked up something different each time. It's rare to see such a well thought out ad. This will be one of the more memorable Super Bowl commercials in history.
Check it out below: