A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The people in the show's world are born into a fairly rigid caste system, and their rating classification plays an important role in defining their life. It's possible, but very difficult, to move from one to another. This world seems to be controlled by powerful business interests rather than a government; the wealthy often treat those in lower classes badly, and the law does little to prevent this abuse.
Violence & Scariness
A fair number of action sequences, including gunfights, fistfights, bombs, car chases, etc. Some characters die, though there's little blood or gore. Some scenes might be too intense for younger kids, including shots in a morgue featuring dead bodies. There's also a disturbing rape scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity, but some scenes clearly suggest sexual activity.
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Not much swearing. "Crap" is about as bad as it gets.
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Products & Purchases
No endorsements for any products or companies in our universe, but a key part of the plot concerns the efforts of Vexcor, a massive corporation in a parallel universe that's determined to exploit this one.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are shown drinking at night clubs and in other social situations. One villain sometimes slips drugs into women's drinks. Charlie Jade regularly takes a special drug designed to inhibit his psychic visions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sci-fi series has lots of action sequences, as well as a good bit of violence, drinking, and sex. The main character's exploits in the underworld sometimes include scenes that could be tough for younger teens, including rape, murder, and images of dead bodies in a morgue. Because the show involves frequent traveling back and forth between parallel universes, it can get confusing. Some characters know when they're shifting to another universe, but others don't and are clearly baffled. The portals to the various universes are controlled by a powerful company that seems to be above the law. Characters in the show's world are born into a rigid class system.
Is It Any Good?
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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