Guidestones

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Award-winning Web thriller touches on occult, conspiracies.

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Positive Messages

Based on actual events, the story centers on secret societies, conspiracies, and the occult and deal with concepts such as population control (eugenics and selective reproduction, for example) and the apocalypse. They're esoteric topics, and little of what the investigators turn up could be seen as hard proof, but it's interesting to consider nonetheless. People's loyalties are hard to pin down, and some would do Sandy and Trevor harm to keep secrets hidden. Even though they're the good guys, Sandy and Trevor do their share of lying, misrepresenting themselves, and stealing to gain access to the people and places they need.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sandy and Trevor are determined to see their project through to the end, often to the detriment of their other commitments and possible danger to themselves. Even in the face of danger, they search for truth. Some of those they encounter have sinister motives, though, and there's always a sense of foreboding as Sandy and Trevor search for the next clue.

Violence

Lots of suspense and some scares. The show isn't violent, but there is an eeriness to the story that keeps viewers on the edges of their seats. In some cases, symbols appear to be drawn in blood. Talk of murder by decapitation.

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Language

"F--k," "s--t," "hell," and "a--hole."

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Guidestones is an engrossing, Web-based thriller series about actual events surrounding an investigation into the significance of the Georgia Guidestones. The show is packed with suspense designed to keep you on the edge of your seat, and often the characters are stalked, chased, or otherwise threatened. There are implications that others have died in pursuit of the same answers now sought, and there's mention of murder by decapitation in particular. Language ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole") is sporadic but unedited. This fact-based story raises issues such as population control, a one-world government, and the occult, so proceed with caution if your teens are sensitive to topics like these.

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What's the story?

When journalism students Sandy Rai (Supinder Wraich) and Trevor Shale (Dan Fox) stumble onto clues concerning an unsolved murder while completing a class project, it draws them into a worldwide search for answers. From their college campus in Canada, they travel to the United States and eventually to India, piecing together mysterious symbols and messages that allude to a shocking conspiracy about the future of the world and its residents.

Is it any good?

Filmed in three-minute segments on a shoestring budget, this award-winning Web series takes viewers along for a fascinating glimpse into the real-life mysteries of the Georgia Guidestones. Inspired by actual events, GUIDESTONES is a must-see for conspiracy buffs and thriller fans, and those who want even more can immerse themselves in the interactive content on the show's website. The episodes' length works to the show's favor as well, playing up the suspense and leaving every segment in a cliffhanger.

If this story is your first introduction to apocalyptic predictions and concepts such as population control and a one-world government, it may launch you into research of your own even as Sandy and Trevor embark on their own journey. With marginal language but plenty of tension and suspense, Guidestones is fine for most teens. Because it raises some potentially worrisome topics, though, those sensitive to such anxieties might want to think twice about delving in, since once you're invested, it's hard to stop watching.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the issues this series raises. Have you ever heard of them before? Why would ideas such as controlling the population and creating utopia gain a following? Are any of these ideas viable?

  • Sandy and Trevor break multiple laws in their quest for the truth. Does a greater good ever justify doing so? Where does the line between legality and morality lie?

  • Teens: Does any aspect of this series scare you? Do you like to be scared by the shows or movies you watch? Does it inspire you to learn more about the subjects of the show? What reliable resources do you use for answers in cases like these?

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