Dogfights

 
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Military docu looks at tactics, not consequences.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show highlights military bravery and skill. It offers a limited number of perspectives on the issues and conflicts covered.

Violence

The show is all about war, though not about dead people. Lots of gunfire and bombing.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Occasional "hell" and "damn."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this historical documentary series is all about conflict and war. Scenes of battles fought in the sky are re-created through computer graphics. The show also uses archival footage of soldiers involved in other missions (some of which involve using weapons and shooting guns), but dead bodies and wounds don't appear on screen. The show's perspective is almost entirely from an American/Western point of view, with limited time devoted to other groups' take on things.

What's the story?

In DOGFIGHTS, viewers revisit wars and conflicts -- from World War II through Vietnam -- to learn about the detailed exploits of battle aircraft like P-40 Tomahawks and F-86 Sabres. Using top-notch computer animation, each episode brings famous air battles to life. Viewers will feel like they're right up in the sky with the planes as pilots make tactical decisions to outwit and outfight the enemy. The narrator dramatically details each element of the fight, building tension and educating viewers on the dynamics involved in this type of warfare. Expert historians, authors, and military personnel also provide plenty of technical information: including how a pilot harnesses the power of the G-forces to best beat his opponent and what type of ammunition, armor, and horsepower accompanies each type of plane. Some archival footage is also used, which gives the graphics some gravitas.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Fans of military history, engineering, tactical planning, and -- especially -- aircraft will probably enjoy the show. Just know that it has an almost unilaterally American perspective and gung-ho attitude toward war. And since the focus is on tactics and strategy, not much time is spent on the fact that people are dying when their planes are shot down.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's approach to its topic. Who's the target audience? Who do you think would be most interested in watching these re-created battles? Does it matter that the subjects aren't approached from multiple/differing points of view? Who else would you be interested in hearing from? Families can also discuss the fact that the show makes little mention of death. Does that make it easier for viewers to focus on technology rather than politics?

TV details

Cast:Phil Crowley
Network:History
Genre:Educational
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
Adult Written byGetReal April 9, 2008
 

Must See! Heroes defending our freedom!

I know this show uses computer graphics and does not show dead bodies and blood everywhere when a plane is shot down. That is not the point of the show! These pilots did amazing things and performed bravely in defense of our country. I think it is important that our young people realize that these men were proud of what they did. It is not the role of this show to show the heroic pilots on the enemy side. The enemy that some are so concerned about showing had no problem at all killing our pilots. There is nothing wrong with being proud of how you performed in a life or death combat situation for your country.
Teen, 13 years old Written bymficl12 April 9, 2008
 

Awesome show

Me, being into avation, and i know a lot more than the average 12 year old, love this show. So what, planes blow up! It is very cool, and i can't wait for teh 2nd season.

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