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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Love sometimes doesn't make sense. People deserve to make their own choices, including their own mistakes. Climate change is a real life threat that needs to be taken seriously. No matter who you are or what you're going through, you're never alone.
Positive Role Models
Marcus and Mondo are both flawed characters who are grappling with the responsibility of their new powers. Early on, they each react selfishly to their abilities, but they come to understand the weight and responsibility they now carry. Chloe, meanwhile, continues her growth and evolution from Becoming Mother Nature, now having fully assumed her role.
Mondo's family is Latino and speaks Spanish and English throughout the podcast. Although the two leads are male, Cupid and the Reaper features many supporting female characters, including Chloe.
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Violence & Scariness
Death is a constant presence in the show, as is the Grim Reaper. Mondo's job is collecting souls and ushering them to the other side. Unclaimed souls transform into zombies, though there's no gore or violence associated with them. The Reaper wears a dark cloak, carries a sharp scythe, and uses a deep, menacing voice. Many characters, including children, are put in deadly situations, such as a near drowning.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
With Cupid as a main character, love and romance are central to the story. Characters express romantic interest in each other, ask others to a dance, and deal with the heartache that accompanies young love. Older characters touch on themes like divorce, seperation and falling out of love. The very nature of Cupid raises questions of free will and whether it's ethical to make people fall in love with each other or to keep them apart, both abilities Cupid has.
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Marcus and Mondo's friendship is complicated by their powers, with feelings of mistrust and anger expressed throughout.
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Products & Purchases
A short ad at the end of each episode promotes the ad-free version of the show on the Wondery+ app and Amazon Music, which requires a paid subscription.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cupid and the Reaper is a coming-of-age story in which its two teen heroes confront complicated themes such as death and love. It's volume two in The Natureverse series, following Becoming Mother Nature, and features Chloe Lovejoy, the teen girl who previously assumed the role of Mother Nature in volume one. The podcast very much uses these central concepts as a means to explore the struggle tweens and teens face in discovering their own identities. Themes emphasize the power of nature and the fight against climate change and characters demonstrate courage and empathy.
Is It Any Good?
Cupid and the Reaper might have a more muddled focus than its predecessor, Becoming Mother Nature, but this volume is arguably far more ambitious in its themes and its scope. With a story centered on both love and death, the show tackles big questions such as the nature of romance, free will, and mortality. More importantly, it does so in a way that makes these difficult topics more accessible to tween and teen listeners.
By framing Marcus and Mondo's story much like a superhero origin story, Cupid and the Reaper uses elements of fantasy, sci-fi, and some horror — though nothing too extreme — to explore the internal struggle of adolescence. The dual focus on two main characters makes for a messier narrative this time around, but the production values and imagination remain maintain their high standard, making this an easy podcast to recommend.
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