A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Weaponry is presented positively. The craftsmanship and historic use of various weapons and military equipment is discussed, but the consequences of their use is not.
Positive Role Models
Rich and his team are knowledgeable and informative, but at the end of the day they also want to make money off of a sale. Not much racial or gender diversity on display.
Violence & Scariness
Weapons are fired, detonated, and or operated to show the damage they can cause, but this is done in a safe environment and no one is hurt. Historical accounts occasionally detail what the weapons were used for; quick conversations about wartime, assassinations, etc. are common.
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Occasional words like "s--t" are fully bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for Sean Rich's company, Tortuga Trading, Inc. The logo is prominently shown on his clothes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lords of War offers historical details about weapons and military-related items from collectors who are excited about them. It features occasional references to violent activities (including murder), slow motion close-ups of weapons being fired, detonated, and/or operated, and the destruction it causes (but this is done in a safe and monitored environment where no one gets hurt). Occasional curses ("s--t") are bleeped.
Is It Any Good?
Lords of War offers a combination of background and mechanical information about the wide variety of weapons and military machinery used throughout history. It also highlights the kinds of things that give these collectibles their value today, as well as the process by which items are authenticated.
There's a bit of drama, thanks to the slow-motion close-ups of the weapons and the damage they cause when used during a demonstration and/or test run. The bidding process during auction also adds a little tension. Nonetheless, there's definitely something to be learned here, even if you don't find these kinds of collectibles inspiring.
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