Body's response to strain is fascinating for teens and up.
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this science-based series offers an intriguing look at the inner workings of the human body under extreme strain -- including fighting specialties like special operations, self-defense, and mixed martial arts. It's interesting and educational, but it isn't really age-appropriate for young kids and impressionable tweens, who may be able to not distinguish between fighting and weapon use within the confines of a controlled testing environment and in real-life.
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What's the Story?
In FIGHT SCIENCE, scientists study the physiology and unique styles of fighting masters in three disciplines: self-defense, mixed martial arts, and special operations. Test subjects -- including elite military personnel and UFC fighters -- take part in experiments to gauge their response to extreme conditions like heat, cold, and dehydration. Computer-generated imagery gives viewers an inside look at the body's remarkable processes under these scenarios of physical and mental strain.
Is It Any Good?
This fascinating series uses top-notch CGI to literally peel back the skin for a unique look at how a trained body can function under duress. The show is intriguing on a number of levels, and viewers will learn a lot about human anatomy and physiology even as they're awed by the subjects' physical abilities.
That said, since the show essentially celebrates the mastery of fighting techniques and weapon use, it's not an age-appropriate choice for tweens or young kids. Most scenes include either hand-to-hand combat or the use of guns or martial-arts weapons, and it's difficult for youngsters to make the distinction between this staged scenario and the impact of such exchanges in the real world.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether a series like this can be considered "educational." What did you learn from watching? What did it offer you that a textbook couldn't? How has technology like what's shown here changed the way we learn? Families can also discuss violence in the media. How has our sensitivity to violence changed over the years? Do you think the media has affected that change or simply followed suit?
- Premiere date: August 20, 2006
- Cast: Bren Foster, Cynthia Bir, Robert Leigh
- Network: National Geographic Channel
- Genre: Educational
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: February 24, 2022
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