Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Darker and still violent, this Ben 10 not for the sensitive.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than educate.
Mixed messages: There’s a clear definition between good and evil, and the heroes always strive to preserve the greater good, even at their own expense. The show demonstrates the importance of teamwork and cooperation among friends and teammates, but also shows violence as a way to resolve disputes.
Positive Role Models
Ben struggles with his newfound fame but never lets it go to his head, as the safety of others is always his primary goal. His friends are supportive and always willing to lend a hand in his battles.
Violence & Scariness
Ben and his friends have an arsenal of weapons for defense against their enemies. Kevin’s high-tech plane packs missiles for shooting down other aircraft, and Ben uses laser guns, sword-like objects, and the variety of special skills his alien forms boast. Some villainous characters are killed, but the actions are usually implied rather than seen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very mild flirting between teens. Rarely a girl kisses a boy on the cheek.
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Products & Purchases
The Ben 10 series is tied to an extensive merchandise line of toys, books, and games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cartoon features more of the explosive exchanges that were prevalent in the two previous incarnations of the Ben 10 series, so if violence is an issue for you, then this one isn't a good choice for your kids. Teenage Ben is a brooding hero who's struggling with the double stresses of fighting aliens and managing his newfound worldwide notoriety, and the show feels a little more intense because of it. Alien monsters and Ben's own transformations can be frightening for kids as well. In other words, tweens with a good grasp of fantasy vs. reality should be fine, but younger or more sensitive kids might find the show too scary.
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What's the Story?
BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN picks up where Alien Force left off, with now-16-year-old Ben Tennyson (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) still taking on a host of alien intruders to Earth. His enemies have gotten stronger and more elusive, but Ben's acquired a revamped Omnitrix called an "Ultimatrix," which puts more variety and power at his fingertips. With his friends Gwen (Ashley Johnson) and Kevin (Greg Cipes) at his side, Ben also faces the daunting task of handling his newfound fame after his long-kept identity is revealed.
Is It Any Good?
Kids who have followed Ben's journey from the original show won't notice many changes besides his age in this latest incarnation of the series. He's still a morphing master, now drawing on an even more extensive wealth of alien forms and honed skills to wage war against the imposing creatures. In addition he sports slick new rides for both road and air travel, which is sure to impress gadget-loving tween boys.
That said, this grown-up Ben has more on his plate than just blasting aliens now that the whole world knows who he is, and it makes for some uncomfortable times when his efforts to help people are misinterpreted as menacing and dangerous. There's a noticeable change in his demeanor, which is more brooding and reflective than jovial, and by association, the show seems slightly darker than in the past. Then, of course, there's the frequent battles between the good guys and the bad, which might frighten kids and sends iffy messages about nonviolent methods of resolving conflict.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about fantasy. What is fantasy? What aspects of this show are rooted in fantasy? How much of it is realistic? Is fantasy appropriate for everyone? How can you tell the difference? Do you like shows that have a lot of fantasy? Why or why not?
Tweens: Do you believe in the existence of aliens? What evidence exists to support the theory that they exist? Do you think we'll ever know for sure if they do?
What did you think of the violence portrayed in this show? Was there too much violence? How does it compare to other cartoons you've seen? Is violence more upsetting when it's in a live-action show than in a cartoon? Why or why not?
- Premiere date: April 23, 2010
- Cast: Ashley Johnson, Greg Cipes, Yuri Lowenthal
- Network: Cartoon Network
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Space and Aliens
- TV rating: TV-Y7-FV
- Last updated: June 3, 2023
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