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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cleopatra in Space is an animated series about a teen girl from ancient Egypt who ends up 30,000 years in the future. There is a lot of fantasy violence. The main characters use weapons like laser guns and spears to fight the bad guy robots, and delight in kicking their butts. The main character, Cleopatra, is a fearless female lead, but her role model potential is offset by the fact that she can be impulsive, impatient, overconfident, and not so dedicated to her schoolwork. There is mild language ("dumb," "butts," "jerks") and flirtation. The show isn't overtly educational even though it features a historical character; it's mostly entertainment-focused (in the vein of '80s Saturday morning cartoons).
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What's the story?
In animated series CLEOPATRA IN SPACE, teenage Cleopatra enters a space-time portal and is catapulted 30,000 years into the future, where she is prophesied to be the "Savior of the Nile Galaxy." Her best friends are the friendly alien Akila and the anxious cyborg Brian. They spend some of their time in the P.Y.R.A.M.I.D. high school dealing with typical high school troubles. The bulk of the series is spent under the leadership of Khensu, a talking Egyptian cat teacher who puts the team through training missions. These missions often turn into real danger at the hands of the robot bad guys, the Xerxs. Cleo and her friends have to defeat the Xerxs while Cleo tries to figure out how to return home to ancient Egypt.
Is it any good?
Kids who are into sci-fi and fantasy will enjoy the premise of this series, which is a mashup between a futuristic space environment and ancient Egypt. There are interesting alien species, exciting fight scenes, and fun gadgets like robots and hover boards.
Cleopatra in Space focuses on fun and adventure first, and the characters feel a little flat as a result. Lead character Cleopatra is not really interested in hard work or preparation, and instead relies on her natural talent to defeat the bad guys. She is fearless and strong but also a bit reckless and impulsive. Her friends don't seem to have much agency and mostly are just her sidekicks along for the ride. The bad guys are depicted as "dumb," and the characters gleefully engage in moderately violent fight scenes to defeat them. The world the characters live in is pretty cool, but the characters themselves are a bit disappointing.
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