MECH-X4

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Action series offers monsters, humor, teamwork, and mystery.

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age 9+
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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Affirming themes of friendship and an evolving relationship between brothers in a hero story with reminders about the value of teamwork and blending talents. When characters make bad choices, there are consequences they must deal with. There's potential in every person, but it must be cultivated for success. A significant character hides her true intentions. Racial diversity in the cast.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ryan learns to set aside his own ego for the greater good of helping his community. The team benefits from each member's individual talents, including Harris' intelligence and Spyder's loyalty. On the other hand, most adult characters are scheming, self-absorbed, and, in one case, duplicitous.

Violence & Scariness

Some peril with people in danger. Oversized monsters with large teeth, claws, and spikes threaten the general population and clash with Mech-X4. Ryan feels some of the hits the robot takes and has bruises and scrapes but no major injuries. Mech-X4 has weapons like a plasma punch and an ax. When monsters die, they transform into piles of goo.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MECH-X4 is an action comedy series about a teen who pilots a giant robot to protect his city with the help of his best friends and brother. Though short on originality, the story has strong themes of friendship, teamwork, and realizing individual potential. It also has oversized monsters of different shapes and sizes, and they put the characters at risk. Intense battles ensue between them and the Mech-X4 robot, with lots of slashing, punching, and crashing. Some adult characters have ulterior motives while they plot against the main characters and the city's population as a whole. A diverse cast and some tween-friendly humor round out this decent action series.

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Kid, 12 years old September 16, 2017

Crazy, thrilling, and mysterious sci-fi show for pre-teens craving intensity!

Mech-X4 is a heart-racing show appealing to older kids who love science fiction and mystery. The main characters are loyal and learn to work together over time... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byB3rn1c3 N30H May 13, 2017

Yes,I love Mech X-4

Mecha anime references?Check.Morals about friendship and teamwork?Check.Parents knowing its Pacific Rim references?Check. If you are a regular kid or otaku who... Continue reading

What's the story?

Ryan Walker's (Nathaniel J. Potvin) life gets notably more interesting the day he realizes he's a technopath and can control machines with his mind. It has its perks, like scoring free snacks from a vending machine, but when he inadvertently awakens a giant robot called MECH-X4, he becomes his hometown's only hope against monsters that target Bay City and the duplicitous forces behind them. He recruits his best friends, Harris (Kamran Lucas) and Spyder (Pearce Joza), and his older brother, Mark (Raymond Alexander Cham Jr.), to help him maneuver Mech-X4 through the battles that ensue. Together the teens also work to uncover the secrets behind the robot and Ryan's connection to it.

Is it any good?

Its visual effects won't win any accolades, but this action-packed show maintains intrigue well enough to tempt return viewers of the tween variety. Intense battle scenes are the highlight of each episode, and it's anybody's guess what the monster of the day will look like, which makes it fun. Each encounter challenges the Mech-X4 team -- and their friendships -- in new ways, but in every case the experience has an overall positive effect on them going forward.

With action and humor dominating the forefront of the show, mystery lurks in the background. There's the evolving story of who's behind the attempted destruction of Bay City and why, as well as the collection of clues to Ryan's destiny as Mech-X4's pilot. Ultimately this is what will encourage fans to keep coming back to the slow reveal in this palatable action comedy series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about heroes and what defines them and whether there are examples of heroes in MECH-X4. Can a person be courageous with their words and ideals instead of with their fists? Who are some of your kids' role models, and why?  

  • What challenges exist when you work as a team? To what degree must you set aside your own goals to meet the group's? What makes a good leader? Is that a position your kids like?

  • When he discovers he's a technopath and tasked with saving his town, Ryan's focus must be more selfless. Is it difficult to put other people's needs before your own? What are the rewards of doing so?

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