A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that, as with most action-hero cartoons, good and evil are clearly defined and good always wins. Gun violence is at the heart of every episode, but the repercussions are minimal since the G.I. Joe operatives wear protective suits and the enemies are machines. Joe members, including commander Duke, exemplify teamwork and must trust each other to get out of sticky situations, while the Cobra Commander dictates his troops' moves and uses threatening language to encourage hard work.
What's the story?
G.I. JOE: SIGMA SIX continues the militaristic theme and many of the characters originally introduced in Hasbro's 1980s toy line "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero." Although the Sigma 6 team members' appearances and high-tech arsenal have received an update for the 21st century, the mission of the covert operatives remains the same as it always has: Save the world from the ruthless Cobra organization. Sigma 6 members, whose unit code name refers to the state-of-the-art sigma suits they wear for protection from laser shots, were chosen for their unique abilities in martial arts, marksmanship, weapons, and intelligence. Under the strong leadership of Duke (voiced by Frank Frankson) and second-in-command Scarlett (Veronica Taylor), the operatives struggle to stay one step ahead of the Cobra Commander (Marc Thompson) and his army.
Is it any good?
While mostly predictable in plot, the series does make attempts to work in some good lessons. One episode features a mission that pairs an unlikely duo: cool-headed Scarlett and impulsive Tunnel Rat (Pete Zarustica). When asked why he partnered these particular operatives, Duke responds that "their working methods will complement each other." In the end, the lessons learned are two-fold; Scarlett learns to place more trust in Tunnel Rat, which then increases his self-confidence.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about teamwork and how it helps the Joes defeat the Cobra Command. How do the operatives use their individual strengths to build a strong team? How do they rely on each other to get the job done? Families also can talk about the differences in the two commanders. Which commander is a more effective leader?
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