Cleopatra in Space

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Light, fun tween sci-fi series explores future and past.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Mixed messages. Cleopatra's character flaws (impulsive, impatient, overconfident) often lead to negative consequences, which are somewhat teachable moments. Cleopatra is a tough lead character, but that means that she takes delight in kicking the bad guys' butts with violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

On one hand, Cleopatra is a strong, fearless female warrior. But she can be impulsive, immature, has no interest in schoolwork or working hard. Her character flaws sometimes lead to negative consequences, but other times she is rewarded for her "just-wing-it attitude." 

Violence

Fantasy violence throughout. Main characters use weapons (laser guns) to defeat bad guys (the robot Xerxs). No gore, but you do see bullet-like holes in the robots' armor, robots are dismembered. Main characters delight in kicking the bad guys' butts. Fight sequences are lengthy and show many robots meeting their demise.

Sex

Several sets of characters have crushes on each other.

Language

Characters say they are going to kick the bad guys' "butt" and call the bad guys "jerks" and "dumb."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 and 8-year-old Written byJennyms September 1, 2020

Not my favorite

Cleo is dismissive to her teachers and hasn't worked particularly hard at anything, but, luckily, she's "chosen" to be special and all the k... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byrwoods204 September 21, 2020

THE BEST

This series is great! I love the comics so much. I recommend for anyone to watch this (although you have to read the comics first). Cleo is a very good role m... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Cleopatra approaches problems or danger. She often acts first, and thinks later. Is this a good strategy to use when there's a problem?

  • Do you think Cleopatra and her friends are good role models in Cleopatra in Space? Why or why not?

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For kids who love sci-fi and history

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