A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's intent is to entertain rather than educate.
A mixed bag: Although a teen must set aside his differences with an old enemy and draw on his inner strength to conquer evil, physical force is also the only method of conflict resolution between enemies.
Positive Role Models
Ben makes a hard but valuable choice in deciding to put his goals over his differences with his longtime enemy. Ben's cousin Gwen is a level-headed female role model.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of punching, kicking, and hurling objects at opponents. Both good and bad characters use guns that shoot lasers. Some characters are injured or killed, but it's not a bloody event; victims simply progress toward an assumed death by growing weaker and possibly oozing fluids of some kind.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild flirting between teens.
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Products & Purchases
The series comes complete with a broad line of toys and games for kids.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this action cartoon spin-off features lots of physical violence, including hand-to-hand battles and weapons that shoot lasers. Though there's never any blood or realistic reactions to pain, occasionally characters are seriously injured, and some die, so be sure kids can differentiate between fantasy and reality before you let them watch. The alien morphing scenes may also confuse and/or frighten very young kids. All of that said, Ben 10 fans are sure to latch on to this show and its now-older hero, who must set aside differences with an old enemy and draw on his inner strength to get the job done.
Is It Any Good?
Packed with action, adventure, and alien transformations, BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE beckons to science fiction-loving tweens, particularly boys. The combination of an ever-changing cast of colorful villains and the underlying mystery of Ben's grandfather's disappearance is sure to keep viewers guessing -- and coming back for more.
If your tweens have followed Ben's previous adventures, they're likely to notice that he's grown up quite a bit for this series. At 15, he's more reflective and thoughtful than before, which allows him to team up with a former enemy for the greater good. He's also determined to take the lead in battling the aliens -- not for glory, but because his grandfather is depending on him. At the same time, he's often reminded that there's no substitute for teamwork. All of this offers some worthwhile lessons for the tween boys that the show aims to entertain. But be smart about letting kids tune in, since the show does feature a lot of violence (which occasionally results in death), and some of the aliens and monsters may scare little ones.
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