What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this modern remake of the classic ‘80s cartoon has a comparable amount of violence, and fighting is the only means by which either side claims victory over the enemy. Guns, grenades, and the like are the weapons of choice, and there are some casualties (though deaths aren’t actually shown), and occasionally monsters join the fray. The line between good and evil is blurry at times, as some characters are revealed to be enemies in disguise. On the upside, the show casts a woman in a top military role, and she’s respected by her male peers. The soldiers are a courageous, crafty bunch who aren’t intimidated by a challenge.
What's the story?
In G.I. JOE RENEGADES, Lieutenant Shana “Scarlett” O’Hara (voiced by Natalia Cigliuti) leads Sergeant Conrad “Duke” Hauser (Jason Marsden) and his squad on a rogue mission to uncover the dangerous truth behind a philanthropic company called Cobra Industries, but their plans go awry and they’re accused of crimes they didn’t commit. Now the team must go into hiding until they can find a way to prove their innocence.
Is it any good?
As heroes go, kids could do worse than to look up to this squadron of military specialists who don’t shy away from the challenges they’re presented. They epitomize teamwork, trust in each other’s knowledge and skills in tense situations, and stand up for what’s right and just. And as tough as they are, these soldiers don’t raise a fuss about taking orders from a woman, which speaks to how times have changed since the original series’ birth in the ‘80s.
Of course, if your kids are sensitive to violence, then this show won’t make the cut, since a good portion of each episode is devoted to battles between the Joes and the evil Cobra crew. But the fast-paced stories are sure winners for action lovers, and if kids can handle the combat -- and the fact that the show doubles as advertising for an extensive line of toys and other products -- then they can enjoy the series' messages about courage and inner strength.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about courage. How do the heroes display courage? What are some examples of times in which your courage has been tested? Who do you admire as a hero? What qualities do you most respect in him or her?
Kids: Why is honesty important? Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do? How did you respond?
How does this series compare to the original? What aspects have changed as a reflection of how society has changed? Do the characters and situations seem realistic to you? Why or why not?