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Blood & Treasure

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Violent treasure hunt action series is fast-paced fun.

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Positive Messages

A mixed bag. The protagonists look to recover historical treasures for their value to human history, but they must lie, cheat, and sometimes steal to do so. They also look to thwart the work of a known terrorist by so doing. Longtime grudges sometimes interfere with Danny and Lexi's ability to work cohesively, and Lexi is a professional thief. Many secrets and uncertain loyalties among the characters.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Danny's motives seem mostly altruistic, but Lexi's true nature isn't so easily placed. Their checkered past also complicates the overall mission. Terrorists will stop at nothing to get what they want, and murder is merely a means to an end for them.

 

Violence

Frequent peril and threat of danger. Protagonists are pursued by people who mean them harm and often death. Shootouts result in the deaths of many, and terrorists have no regard for human life as they're willing to sacrifice anything for money and treasure. Explosions, vehicle chases, kidnappings, and supernatural curses are the norm.

Sex

Couples kiss and suggest sex will follow. A man unzips the back of a woman's dress. Another woman is seen in lingerie. Sex-related talk like "Maybe he's boning her." Women often wear clingy, revealing clothing to distract men from their true intentions, and some scenes show men shirtless.

 

Language

Damn" and name-calling like "bastard."

 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blood & Treasure is an often violent action-adventure series that follows a high-stakes quest for archaeological treasure. The antagonist is a cunning terrorist whose attacks kill many by gunfire and explosions, and other dangers involve kidnapping, drugging, fire, and the like throughout the show. One of the protagonists is a thief by trade who joins forces with an art expert for a good cause, but they use less-than-legal means in the process. Expect other adult content like bedroom antics (flirting, kissing, partial undress, and the implication that sex will follow) as well as some language like "damn." This series doesn't wow with originality, but it is a fun and action-packed watch for teens and adults.

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What's the story?

In BLOOD & TREASURE, former FBI agent Danny McNamara (Matt Barr) and art thief Lexi Vaziri (Sofia Pernas) join forces to thwart a malicious terrorist named Karim Farouk (Oded Fehr), who uses stolen artifacts to fund his work. When a priceless archaeological find is blown up and an integral piece of it is discovered to be missing, Danny and Lexi are thrust into a high-stakes, globe-trotting quest for ancient treasure long thought lost. As they trail Farouk looking to settle old scores and new, Danny and Lexi must resolve their own resentments in order to work effectively against their powerful adversary.

Is it any good?

This lighthearted action-adventure has a copycat quality that will be noticeable to anyone who's even loosely acquainted with the Indiana Jones movies. With a debonair leading man and a whip-smart but unpredictable female sidekick, the show plays heavily on their hot-and-cold chemistry while it introduces lists of supporting characters with vacillating motives who mix things up. The historical angle of the story will be intriguing to anyone with an interest in that area, and strong performances from familiar screen faces like Michael James Shaw, John Larroquette, and Fehr help overcome the fact that the show's frequent been-there-done-that feel.

What does work to Blood & Treasure's advantage is that it's a TV series and not a feature film, thus able to capitalize on the inherent suspense that exists between episodes. Add to that the fact that the show obviously doesn't take itself too seriously (there's even an offhanded Indiana Jones reference in the first episode to set the tone) and it's clear that this isn't intended to be a cerebral workout.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Blood & Treasure differentiates between its heroes and its villains. Are they always distinguishable? Do their motives ever make you rethink what side they're on? Can good guys use questionable tactics for a good cause?

  • What character strengths do you see in characters like Danny? Are positive qualities like courage and determination important in the TV and movie characters you like? Can you learn just as much from poorly behaved characters as you can from those who act admirably?

  • Can TV and movies influence your understanding of history? Where can you turn to learn reliable facts about the topics raised in this show?

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