Detention Adventure

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Some rebelliousness, great teamwork in fun treasure quest.

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Educational Value

The series intends to entertain rather than to educate, but the characters demonstrate creative problem-solving skills. 

Positive Messages

Recurring themes of teamwork and the benefit of being able to cooperate with people who are very different from you to achieve a common goal. Being open to different points of view provides unexpected learning opportunities. Bullying has a human effect, and being exposed to it can change your perspective on those kinds of actions. Rebellious and disruptive behavior is rewarded to a small degree as it facilitates the teens’ desire to search for the hidden lab.

Positive Role Models

Teens break school rules and cause mischief to gain access to the detention room, justifying it by saying that their pending discovery is worth the minor infractions. Adults are mostly willfully or accidentally oblivious to the teens’ actions. Brett is show to be a bully at times, though he is apologetic when he sees the human cost. Prejudice is disproven by experience and a willingness to see things from someone else’s point of view, which yields new friendships and opportunities for teamwork. Resourcefulness and an ability to think outside the box is rewarded in the teens’ treasure hunt.

Violence & Scariness

Some mild scares, as when doors slam or surprises lurk behind a corner.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Name-calling like "loser," "lazy," "jerk." Also "shut up" and "dang it."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Detention Adventures follows four teens on a quest filled with puzzles and obstacles to find a mythical room hidden in their school. Notable to the story is the thawing of tensions between three self-described "nerdy" friends and their notorious bully classmate when they discover a shared interest in solving the mystery, which helps them see each other in a different light. As all of their adventures take place under the noses of school personnel, there’s a certain amount of rule bending and breaking that goes on to facilitate them. Expect to hear some teasing and name calling like "ignoramus" and "loser." These clever, determined teens' ability to find smarter, faster, more effective ways to solve problems emphasizes the value of cooperation.

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What's the story?

In DETENTION ADVENTURE, four teens join forces to uncover a secret lab of Alexander Graham Bell that’s been hidden under their school. Lore long has told of the scientific treasure trove, but no one’s been successful in locating it until now. When best friends Raign (Simone Miller), Joy (Alina Prijono), and Hulk (Jack Fulton) scheme to land in detention together to search for the lab’s secret entrance, they begrudgingly ally with the class rebel, Brett (Tomaso Sanelli), who wants in on the action. Can this unlikely team overcome the roadblocks designed to deter them from finally locating this legendary room?

Is it any good?

These resourceful teens demonstrate that the key to successful teamwork is having a common goal. At the story’s start, there’s a clear divide between Team Raign and outsider/bully Brett, who has to work his charismatic magic on the trio to gain their trust. In the case of Raign especially, that trust is hard fought, and their ongoing battle of wills makes for some interpersonal tension even after the tenuous alliance is established. But when the team’s rounded out, they excel at solving puzzles on their way to realizing their ultimate goal.

Detention Adventure isn’t a particularly witty or clever series (it’s downright corny in parts), but it’s mostly pleasant to watch and has some good representations of cooperation and teamwork. Despite a reputation as a class bully and a school mischief maker, Brett proves he has redeeming qualities and is willing to let his new acquaintances influence him for the better. For their part, Raign, Joy, and Hulk learn to see past Brett’s reputation and recognize the value of his knowledge and experience. Theirs is a joint effort that viewers see is the result of each party being open to changes of opinion.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Brett’s relationship with his new allies evolves as the series plays out. Does getting to know each other personally change their initial impressions? How can bias have a negative effect on our ability to relate to and work with others?

  • How do the teens resolve conflicts that arise among them? Is the assignment of fault important in that process, in your experience? Why or why not? How does bullying factor into their ability to get along?

  • Detention Adventure focuses heavily on the teen characters with adults seeming out of touch or oblivious to the goings-on. Does this send unexpected or unrealistic messages about authority in a school setting? How does this dynamic contribute to the show’s humor? 

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