Parents' Guide to

Hard Sun

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Great sci-fi premise, bloody violence in overstuffed drama.

TV Hulu Drama 2018
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There's an intriguing sci-fi premise at the center of this overstuffed drama -- a drawn-out doomsday scenario -- but competing stories pull the focus and aren't nearly as interesting. In just six episodes, major plot points include: a big bad government conspiracy attempting to cover up the impending destruction of humanity, a serial killer who believes he has a message from God, a damaged cop with a schizophrenic son who tried to stab and burn his mother to death, and a detective who may or may not be responsible for the untimely death of his partner (whose wife he's been having an affair with). It all comes off as hectic, confusing -- not to mention rather grim, which you'd probably expect from a drama based on David Bowie's dark album "Five Years," but it's just not a lot of fun to watch.

Some viewers may additionally be disturbed by the violence, which frequently targets women. Before the show's first scene has elapsed, characters have been stabbed in the gut, gotten a fork stuck in their cheek, and hit each other with heavy pots and pans, and then gasoline is poured over a woman, including in her face and eyes, before a match is dropped. On a later episode, a woman is attacked by a hammer-wielding maniac in bed; later, the camera pans up her naked, bloodied body, a rivulet of blood dried on one wrist, in a way that's as exploitative as the seamiest TV police procedural. Hard Sun has a killer premise but doesn't stick the landing -- there are better British imports to spend your time on.

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