A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This series intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Kids see Ben adapt to the loss of his longtime friends and partners and learn to work with a new sidekick. The arrangement takes some work, and each party has to be open to change, but the end result is a strong partnership that works because of how the two teammates' strengths complement each other. Messages also include respect and patience, but characters do also tend to turn to violence to resolve conflict.
Positive Role Models
Ben can be cocky, which leads him into trouble at times, but his head and heart are in the right place. Even in the midst of a battle, he's aware of his surroundings and takes steps to minimize the impact on the human population. He's resourceful and good at thinking on his feet, which is important when your enemies change daily. Although he's mostly left to his own devices, he has a caring grandfather who offers guidance when Ben asks for it.
Violence & Scariness
Ben's encounters with evil-minded aliens always erupt into violence, with punching, kicking, laser guns, explosions, electrocution, and archery-style weapons in the mix. Because the players are usually in alien form rather than human, the content's impact is slightly lessened, and there's never any blood. No characters are said to be killed, but some crumple to the ground and lie motionless, implying that that's the case.
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Name-calling like "doofus," "dweeb," and "scuzbuckets."
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Products & Purchases
This series joins a franchise that includes multiple TV shows, animated and live-action movies, video games, toys, accessories, and books. It's accompanied by its own line of action figures and other products marketed toward kids as well.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ben 10: Omniverse is the fourth installment in the Ben 10 TV franchise, which also boasts a number of movies, games, and an extensive marketing line. The story centers on now-16-year-old Ben and his new partner, who hit plenty of bumps on their way to becoming an efficient team. The good news is that there are strong messages about respect, patience, and being a good role model, all of which Ben learns because of his unexpected relationship with Rook. The bad news is that, like all of the Ben 10 stories before it, this one has a lot of cartoon violence marked by laser guns, hand-to-hand fighting, explosions, electrocution, and the like. Because there's no blood and the players are aliens (or, in Ben's case, in alien form), the content's impact is less than it would be if they were people engaged in battles, but the bottom line is that fighting is how these characters typically solve their problems. Expect some playground-style name-calling ("dweeb," "bubble brain," etc.) and plenty of kid-pleasing comical mishaps as Ben learns the ropes of his new alien forms.
Is It Any Good?
Ben Tennyson has grown up before viewers' eyes as his character has evolved through multiple TV shows and movies, ultimately becoming the 16-year-old star of Ben 10: Omniverse. In many ways, this series is a starting-over point for Ben as he breaks in a new partner whose naivety reflects just how far Ben has come since his first alien encounter years ago. Kids who've followed his previous adventures will enjoy this latest addition to the story, marked by a new Omnitrix and 10 new alien personalities at Ben's disposal.
Of course, Ben's new maturity doesn't preclude his penchant for impulsiveness and bending the rules -- usually to a comical end -- both of which contradict Rook's carefully measured approach to alien fighting. The partners' vastly different personalities create some problems for them, but they also offer opportunities for each to adjust his expectations and appreciate the other's unique talents, which ultimately makes for a stronger team and a more effective defense against the show's villains.
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