A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Dar acts like an early forest ranger with magical powers who tries to protect wildlife from humans. This often puts him in conflict with people who hunt too much (in Dar's estimation) or who are willing to destroy the forest in their efforts to pursue progress. Good usually triumphs over evil in conflicts, but female characters don't branch out much beyond the "scantily clad babe" type. A fair amount of diversity within the cast.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of hand-to-hand combat featuring swords, spears, bows, and fists. Most of the fights are pretty tame, with little blood or gore, and Dar takes pains to avoid shedding blood when he fights. But other characters are less gentle, and some fights end with brutal, bloody (off-screen) deaths.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No onscreen sex or nudity, though many of the women wear revealing outfits. The BeastMaster himself also has a very small costume and is typically bare-chested.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters drink wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are only two types of female characters in this fantasy series: old ladies and scantily clad babes (and there aren't very many old ladies). With some of the male characters walking around in heavy furs and others wearing various kinds of armor, it seems odd that the women are all so uniformly underdressed. The BeastMaster himself also wears very little, though the other male characters prefer more modest outfits. Most of the fight scenes are pretty tame, but some end up being to the death. Though the fatal blows occur offscreen, it's clear what's happening, and the killers don't always express much remorse.
Is It Any Good?
Despite its proto "eco-terrorist" premise, there's little that makes BeastMaster stand out from a field crowded with other brave wanderers seeking wrongs to right. In fact, one of the show's most interesting themes is the tension between progress and nature; at times it seems like Dar is trying to fight the future. Though this battle is clearly important today, it seems less critical in a series that's supposed to take place centuries ago, when humanity had far less mastery over the environment.
Ultimately, BeastMaster seems so much like so many other series about heroes looking for damsels (and others) in distress that it wouldn't seem strange to see a cameo appearance by Hercules, Xena, Krull, or any other generic, underdressed adventurer. On the plus side, since the series was filmed in Australia, it features plenty of great wildlife footage, particularly Dar's noble pet tiger (although the BeastMaster insists he doesn't keep pets, and the tiger just likes his company).
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