A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Cast boasts good racial and ethnic diversity; most characters in this drama are intent on good instead of evil.
Positive Role Models
Damien is at war with what he's told by the story and everyone is his evil nature; he generally attempts to help those around him.
Violence & Scariness
Armed soldiers forcibly evacuate a village, dragging out residents; people are clubbed and kicked in a riot; a man is set upon by large dogs, his throat torn open with spurting blood; violent Christian imagery, such as blood flung on a crucifix.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters are single and interested. Expect dating, kissing, references to sex.
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References to "hell," mostly in the "heaven and ... " sense.
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Products & Purchases
Real brands are mentioned: Time, Huffington Post, the New Yorker.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Damien is a horror series that purportedly takes place 25 years after the events of the 1976 movie The Omen. A main character is said to be the Antichrist; biblical imagery such as crosses, Bibles, churches, candles, and crucifixes mix with standard horror-movie visions: crows, scary music, growling dogs, blood splashed on a cross. Deaths occur on-screen: A screaming woman is sucked into a black pit by an unknown force, a priest is set upon by huge dogs and his throat torn out with grisly noises, spurting blood, and gore. Expect scary imagery relating to the apocalypse, plus some kissing and very mild references to sex.
Is It Any Good?
If only this drama didn't make the unfortunate stylistic choice to show clips from the original movie -- it only points out how great that movie was and how bland this one is. Besides repeatedly displaying one of the logical lapses Damien is rife with -- if that movie took place in the 1970s, why is Damien 30? -- it also contrasts the acting of Gregory Peck and Lee Remick to James', whose acting doesn't quite stack up. Things should move along more crisply in an end-of-the-world-drama, or there had better be terrific sympathetic characters if the plot isn't going to snap. But no.
The only one who looks like she's having fun is Barbara Hershey, who appears to be playing some sort of devil's henchman/Mrs. Robinson character as she murmurs to Damien about his evil possibilities. Otherwise, the drama is fairly inert, and so cheap! A statue breaks apart and falls to the ground in the most Styrofoam-y of ways; a near-massacre in Syria clearly takes place on a back lot. For Bible-horror completists and Hershey or James fans only.
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