Metal Hurlant Chronicles

Common Sense Media says

Sci-fi stories highlight choreographed fight scenes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Stories generally favor the "good guys" over the "bad guys," but the focus is more on exploring timeless issues of power and humanity, with some focus on how humans interact with technology.

Positive role models

Each civilization has its heroes and its anti-heroes, some more productive or evil than others.  

Violence

Fantastical characters are often frightening to look at. Violent scenes range from gladiator-like matches to gun fights, explosions, and other forms of combat. Blood, open wounds, and injuries visible, but stops short of over-the-top blood and gore. 

Sex

Female characters often appear in tight, cleavage revealing outfits. Occasional references to sex slaves, as well as quick images of women in skimpy outfits and engaging in sexual activity, both opposite- and same-sex. 

Language

Words like "bastard" are audible.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcoholic beverages (beer, wine) are shown being consumed. References are made to using drugs for recreational purposes. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the French comic-book-inspired sci-fi series Metal Hurlant Chronicles features lots bloody fighting and mythical creatures that are pretty scary to look at. Expect a bit of language ("bastard," etc.), some sexual references, and brief images of sexual behavior. There's also drinking and references to drugs. Fans of this sort of thing will enjoy it, but it's not meant for younger viewers.

What's the story?

Based on the popular French anthology comics Metal Hurlant (known in the United States as Heavy Metal), METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES features science fiction stories about a range of planets and their inhabitants, linked only by a traveling asteroid. Each self-contained episode features a different planetary civilization that is in some way impacted by the presence of the Metal Hurlant, the remaining fragment of a long-lost planet making its way through the universe. From warriors of a once great technologically-driven society competing to the death to become king to a human civilization being overtaken by a cyborg-like army, each tale offers a unique out-of-this-world experience.

Is it any good?

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The Franco-Belgian live-action series (which airs in English in Europe) stays true to the science fiction genre thanks to its range of fantastical stories and mythological characters. Adding to the fun is each episode's individual cast, which features renown actors like Buffy The Vampire Slayer'James Marsters,  Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse'Michael Jai White, Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, and Joe Flanigan, known for his work in Stargate Atlantis

Those who enjoy action-packed adventures will like the show's frequent and highly choreographed fight scenes, many of which are offered in slow motion to highlight the drama. But sci-fi fans will enjoy the series' commitment to fantasy, adventure, and dramatic twists, which range from surprising to just plain warped. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about science fiction. What are the characteristics of a science fiction TV show or movie? Why are fantasy and strange-looking characters major parts of the genre? Is it just to entertain audiences, or do they offer something more?

  • What are some the differences between TV shows created in and out of United States? Do some types of shows (like science fiction) appeal to different audiences more than others?

TV details

Cast:James Marsters, Michael Jai White, Joe Flanigan
Network:Syfy
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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