Ben 10: Omniverse

 
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Teenage Ben's comical adventures are fun but violent.

What parents need to know

Educational value

This series intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Name-calling like "doofus," "dweeb," and "scuzbuckets."

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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. 

What's the story?

BEN 10: OMNIVERSE opens with the departure of Ben Tennyson's (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) longtime alien-fighting partners, Gwen (Ashley Johnson) and Kevin (Greg Cipes), who are heading off to college, leaving Ben and his Omnitrix to run defense against invading villains by himself. But when an eager young alien named Rook (Bumper Robinson) is slated as his new partner, Ben finds himself in the unexpected role of teacher to this by-the-book go-getter, and it's going to take some time for both of them to adjust. Unfortunately time is a commodity they can't afford after Ben discovers an underground city teeming with quirky aliens, including a few old enemies looking to settle a score with him and a mysterious new stalker named Khyber (David Kaye) lurking in the shadows.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about responsibilities. Kids: What responsibilities do you have at home? At school? What are the repercussions if you don't fulfill them? How does that affect other people around you?

  • Kids: How do you deal with unwanted changes in your life? What lessons can you learn from making it through a difficult time? How does facing challenges teach you about your inner strength?

  • If you could take on an alien life form, what would it look like? What features do you think would be the handiest in doing Ben's job? 

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Teen, 14 years old Written byANDREEAHIHNIHV5NI4HW February 15, 2014
 

I HATE THIS SHOW WITH A BURNING PASSION

I LIKED THE ORIGINAL SERIES,ALIEN FORCE AND ULTIMATE ALIEN BUT THIS SHOW IS HORRIBLE.THE WRITERS GAVE A CHILDISH IMATURE STYLE FROM BEN 10 SERIES.IN OMNIVERSE BEN IS REALLY DUMB AND IMMATURE,GWEN LOOKS LIKE A MAN NOW,KEVIN LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE FRANKENSTEIN.THE NEW ART-SYLE IS TERRIBLE.I WAS SEEING AN EPISODE NAMED 'MUD IS THICKER THAN WATER' WHO MADE ME HURT MYSELF.THAT WAS THE WORST EPISODE IN THE ENTIRE BEN 10 SERIES.GWEN IS REALLY STUPID AND NAIVE NOW AND SHE REALLY GETS TO SCARE ME IN OMNIVERSE.NOT JUST THAT,BUT THE SHOW HAVE TOILET HUMOUR NOW!!!!!!!!??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!! THIS SHOW IS HORRIBLE.THIS SHOW IS A TOTALLY MESS.I CAN'T WATCH IT!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byPOPAANDREEAGHGGH March 26, 2014
 

THIS SHOW MAKES ME SICK!!!!!!!!!!

I USED TO LIKE THE ORIGINAL SERIES,ALIEN FORCE AND ULTIMATE ALIEN,BUT OMNIVERSE IS THE WORST:THE NEW ART-STYLE IS SOOOO UGLY AND LOOKS LIKE A 6 YEARS OLD DRAW IT,THE CHARACTERS ARE DUMB AND ANNOYING AND THE HUMOUR IS DESGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S PAINFUL TO WATCH AT THIS SHOW:BEN TRANSFORMED IN AN ARROGANT,SELFISH AND IMMATURE TEEN AND NOW HE LOOKS LIKE A JESTER WITH RUFFLED HAIR AND TWISTED MOUTH,NOT TO MENTION THAT NOBODY HAS PUPILS IN OMNIVERSE!!!!!!!!!!! GWEN TRANSFORMED IN A HIDEOUS UGLY NERD AND KEVIN LOOKS LIKE FRANKENSTEIN. CONCLUSION:THIS SHOW IS HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!! DON'T WATCH IF YOU WANT TO BE SMART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byShawnty320 April 19, 2014
 

Demolishing the Continuity

Im very disappointed with the writers and Derrick. I hate the plot more than the art style. They let Ben and Julie break up because the producers didn't care. It's an insult to the Ben 10 franchise.

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