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Charlie Jade

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Parallel universe sci-fi is too intense for kids.

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The series does an admirable job of developing its three similar-but-distinct worlds, though all of them seem very familiar. Jade's home in the Alpha Verse -- a chaotic, dystopian future in which wealth trumps law and everyone can be electronically tracked at any time -- feels a lot like the visions of the future famously created in Blade Runner and Minority Report. The slightly-less-advanced Beta Verse -- well, that's got to be Earth, today. And the lush and beautiful Gamma Verse is clearly an undeveloped paradise, unspoiled by technology and ready to be pillaged by Vexcor.

Charlie Jade deserves credit for starting with a unique premise, but the execution of the parallel-universe concept makes it seem like so many other sci-fi movies and TV shows, complete with a roguish-but-caring hero, a nefarious corporate villain, and a host of assorted supporting characters straight from central casting. It's not all that original, but it's entertaining.

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