Ben 10: Alien Force

 
Boy hero grows up, but still fighting aliens.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show's intent is to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff

Some mild flirting between teens.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The series comes complete with a broad line of toys and games for kids.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's the story?

Five years after he defeated his nemesis and took off the Omnitrix that gave him shape-morphing powers, alien conqueror Ben Tennyson (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) is happy to be living a normal life. But when he finds out that his grandfather is missing, Ben -- now 15 -- and his level-headed cousin, Gwen (Ashley Johnson), are drawn back into the battle of the life forms. Joined by former enemy Kevin Levin (Gregory Cipes), and supported by 10 new alien forms courtesy of the Omnitrix, Ben faces his most difficult challenges yet: finding his grandfather and saving the galaxy from aliens who aim to destroy it.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how heroes are portrayed in the media. What makes Ben a hero? Does being heroic mean never showing fear?

  • What role does violence play in heroes' triumph over evil? Is fighting the only answer, or are there more constructive ways to solve problems?

  • How is Ben different now that he's older?

TV details

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
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

A must-read book for every 8 year old

Teen, 15 years old Written byTheton1789 June 29, 2014
age 9+
 

Sequel Series Takes Darker Tone

Ben 10 Alien Force is the sequel series to fan favorite Ben 10. It is okay for a sequel series and features all the characters four years older. This show is much more mature than the previous series. Violence is still over-the-top and similar to that of comic book violence, but there are more deaths in this series and unlike the original series, this includes the good guys as well. The series takes on a more serious dark tone and this series is much less colorful than the original. Fistfights, car chases, shootouts, assassins, bounty hunters, and much more menacing villains are featured along with many family issues involving Gwen and her new found super powers and many story lines revolve around bullies and people having problems with family. Insults such as idiot, moron, stupid, dumb, heck, darn/dang, and occasionally crap are sometimes used. Occasionally background characters might smoke or drink. Overall, this is all right for kids 9+ who can handle the higher level of violence and more frequent deaths.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 9 years old September 22, 2013
age 6+
 

Awesome

I love this show its so awesome I love the what are little girls made of episode I love verdona and Gwen and Charmcaster
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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