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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Good forces battle tirelessly to keep evil from their ranks. Among them is one female knight, who's earned her stripes and abdicated her role as princess to fight alongside them. Jestro's insecurities make him easy prey for the bullyish Book of Monsters, who plays on his fears to get him to go along with the book's evil ploys. The knights must learn to work together instead of seeking their own glory in battle to be effective against their enemies.
Positive Role Models
All the knights are courageous and determined, but their varied personalities make it easier to like some than others. Vanity, selfishness, impulsivity are on display, but so are altruism and loyalty. The Book of Monsters only wants revenge, though, and Jestro's low self-esteem makes him fall for the Book's schemes.
Violence & Scariness
Scary, oversize monsters mean the knights and the general public harm. Knights face off with swords, axes, maces, and other weapons. Even so, there's no visible death or blood.
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Products & Purchases
The series is linked to a line of toys and other merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lego Nexo Knights centers on a quintet of knights who battle monsters to protect the people in their kingdom from harm. The premise is hardly unique, and the story leans on its association with Lego products to help maintain interest to a degree, but there are some standout messages that parents will like. First, there's Macy, born a princess but a knight by trade, who knows what she wants and is willing to work for it. Less pleasant to watch is the relationship between Jestro and the Book of Monsters, who bullies and coerces Jestro into doing his evil bidding, but it's a good cautionary example against being swayed by similar influences. Expect many battles between the monsters and the knights, who fight with swords, axes, and other weapons, but there's no obvious death or visible blood.
Is It Any Good?
This visually appealing series holds its own among the bevy of Lego productions, delivering action, adventure, and a lot of well-placed humor, but it doesn't break any new ground. The knights are a spunky group, and the mix of their very different personalities creates problems in some cases and good examples of teamwork and cooperation in others. It's also notable that the lone female character of any count is Macy, who'd rather be a down-and-dirty knight than a pampered princess. Clearly there's a strong undercurrent of girl power at play within this male-dominated story, and that's always a good thing.
Nexo Knights is entertaining enough that it can stand independent of its commercial ties, but, as with every other Lego presentation, it's important to consider your kids' susceptibility to this kind of subversive advertising before you let them watch.
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