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Parents need to know that Glitch Techs is an animated series based on the concept that video game glitches can allow villains to break through the screen and enter the human world, which blurs the line between the gamers' virtual reality experiences and their reality. Technology also allows the techs to wipe people's memories so that they forget the glitches they've seen come to life. Because the story centers on the effort to capture these villains, there is a fair amount of game-style violence at play, including laser blasts, energy balls, and more traditional incidents like crashes and falls. On the upside, the series makes an effort to reflect the inclusive nature of the gaming community by showing racial and cultural diversity among the male and female characters and by emphasizing how teamwork and a shared purpose helps them transcend their differences.
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What's the story?
A chance meeting at a gaming competition leads to an unexpected job opportunity for two teens in GLITCH TECHS. When Miko (voiced by Monica Ray) and Five (Ricardo Hurtado) collaborate to unseat the reigning champ, Mitch (Luke Youngblood), everything seems to be going their way ... until a glitch monster crashes onto the scene and sends everything into chaos. After the dust settles, though, things work out in their favor when the Hinobi video game company hires Five and Miko as undercover Glitch Techs, tasked with hunting down game characters who escape virtual reality and threaten those in the real world.
Is it any good?
Teens using gaming skills, street savvy, and cool gadgets to help save the world? Yes, please! Glitch Techs hits the ground running with a fast-paced plot and a pair of really appealing main characters: Five, a gaming prodigy with admirable loyalty to his hardworking grandparents, and Miko, a self-assured and reasonably rebellious girl who knows what she wants and goes after it with gusto. When their skills and hard work pay off and Hinobi comes knocking, these two join an elite squad that captures walking, talking computer monsters (à la Ghostbusters) and does damage control to maintain their secrecy using memory-wipe technology (à la Men in Black).
Glitch Techs is well-paced, sharply animated, and nicely suited to both gamers and the occasional VR dabbler, as it doesn't overdo industry jargon or other minutia. Even better, the show thoroughly incorporates diversity among the characters, with teens who are Asian American, African American, Hispanic American, and Muslim, reflecting the inclusive nature of video game culture. There's a strong emphasis on teamwork -- especially related to building working relationships with people who aren't necessarily friends -- that helps sell this promising series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Glitch Techs portrays violence in video games. What aspects of it are realistic? How does the show's animated style allow more freedom in what is considered acceptable content?
How do the Glitch Techs demonstrate their commitment to teamwork? How does having a common cause help people see past their differences? What positive experiences with teamwork have you had? Have you had any that didn't work?
How does this show present female characters? Are their skills very different from those of the males? In what ways do video games even the playing field between boys and girls?
- Premiere date: February 21, 2020
- Cast: Ricardo Hurtado, Luke Youngblood, Monica Ray
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Character strengths: Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y7-FV
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: July 17, 2020
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