Parents' Guide to

Full Metal Jousting

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bloody but contained competition teaches a bit of history.

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The series offers an entertaining look at how the Medieval sport, versions of which are normally featured at Renaissance festivals and other entertainment venues, has been restored into a powerful event that reflects the honor, tradition, and courage it stood for 5,000 years ago. It also offers interesting details about the history of jousting, as well as about the armor, lances, and other equipment developed for its modern-day equivalent. Throughout each episode, Adam offers additional details about jousters' technique, as well as the rules of the game.

It's interesting, and the matches are often dramatic thanks to the brutal nature of the sport, which requires jousters to be hit hard with lances at top speeds without having any way of defending themselves from the impact. These testosterone-laced violent scenes are offered in context, but it would be best to remind viewers of all ages that what they see here is occurring in very controlled environments, and should never be tried at home.

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