A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is meant to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some take-away lessons in self-confidence, perseverance, and teamwork.
The show reminds kids of the importance of teamwork by showing how Johnny and his teammates rely on each other to back them up in combat. Perseverance and self-confidence are other dominant themes throughout the show.
Positive Role Models
Civic-minded Captain Strong is a good mentor for the teens, as he keeps them on task and always inspires the best in them. He treats each of them as individuals, respecting their individual strengths and encouraging them to do the same.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent air combat scenes show planes shooting down adversaries. No one is shown injured, but it’s implied that the pilots die in the process.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting between teens, but nothing physical.
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Products & Purchases
The show is tied to an online game that puts players behind the controls of the characters’ jets.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this futuristic cartoon centers on a team of teens who protect the world from a would-be evil dictator and his legion of thugs. The two sides square off in airborne battles, shooting at (and sometimes downing) each other's supersonic jets, so there's the implication of some deaths, but nothing is shown. Cartoon violence aside, this series offers tweens a storyline of more substance than many other TV shows for the age group thanks to the dual storylines of Johnny's search for the truth behind his father's disappearance and his own growth into a renowned pilot. The show also reinforces the value of teamwork, perseverance, and self-confidence.
Is It Any Good?
In a tween TV market that's saturated with shows that are light on content and heavy on product tie-ins, METAJETS is a refreshing change of pace for both parents and kids. Johnny is an average teen who earns a spot on an elite team of flyers -- but despite his natural talents, he takes nothing for granted and must prove his worth to his teammates and his captain. What's more, his new position offers him a new connection to his father -- whom, Johnny discovers, disappeared while flying for Metajets as well. Both storylines offer teaching moments in teamwork, perseverance, and strength of character.
Parents' only concern with the show will be its frequent violence, which in this case plays out in firestorms between warring aircraft. Although the exchanges can be intense and some of the planes do explode, the violence is downplayed, and no injuries are ever shown.
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