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Parents need to know that 9-1-1 Lone Star, a 9-1-1 spinoff, features all the hair raising emergency situations its parent show is known for. The loss of firefighters and others on 9/11 and after is addressed, as is coping with fatal illness and tragic loss. The challenges people of diverse racial backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations face on and off the job are discussed, but the overall message is one of acceptance. There’s some strong sexual innuendo, drinking, and in at least one instance, an attempted suicide by opioid overdose. All this being said, it’s a sensitive series, and one that highlights friendship, teamwork, and community.
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What's the story?
The 9-1-1 series spinoff 9-1-1- LONE STAR follows New York firefighter Owen Strand (Rob Lowe) as he helps restart an Austin, Texas firehouse. The lone survivor of his Manhattan firehouse on 9/11 twenty years ago, Captain Strand had to reassemble a new team of firefighters and help it start over. Now he’s in Texas to help reassemble Firehouse 126 after a tragic explosion killed all but one firefighter. Tasked with assembling a talented and diverse new crew, he recruits devout Muslim Marjan Marwani (Natacha Karam), openly transgender firefighter Paul Strickland (Brian Michael Smith), and detail-oriented rookie Mateo Chavez (Julian Works). Strand’s troubled son and firefighter T.K. (Ronen Rubenstein) joins them. Along with the help of chief paramedic Michelle Blake (Liv Tyler), Officer Carlos Reyes (Rafael Silver), and emergency dispatch operator Grace Ryder (Sierra McClain), they risk their lives to help people during major emergencies. But struggling to cope is Grace’s husband Judd, (Jim Parrack), who was 126’s sole surviving firefighter.
Is it any good?
This dramatic series offers a compelling and sensitive story world in which firefighters and rescue crews are committed to doing their job while grieving those who have died doing theirs. Through Captain Strand, the memory of 9/11 is a consistent theme as he deals with its far-reaching aftermath, and uses this experience to help Judd Ryder and the rest of the team. But 9-1-1 Lone Star offers enough action-packed scenes, daring rescues, romantic entanglements, and funny tension-easing moments to keep it from feeling too heavy. No doubt that fans of the original series will enjoy tuning in.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about some of 9-1-1 Lone Star’s central themes. What messages does it send about the ongoing deaths and illnesses associated with 9/11? The lack of diversity among firefighters?
What is the role of first responders like the ones depicted in the 9-1-1 series? Do you think their jobs are as dramatic as they appear on these shows?
What kinds of pressure do real-life first responders face on a daily basis? How do they cope?
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