NeXt

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Sci-fi thriller explores the dangers of technology.

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Positive Messages

NeXt is about the value of humanity over technology, and it emphasizes how people working together can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Positive Role Models

NeXt's characters are ethical, ingenious, technologically savvy, and unwavering in their pursuit of truth.

Violence

NeXt creates suspense by implying bad things will happen, rather than showing them. An intentional car crash puts someone in the ICU; a man is forcefully removed from a room; a hospital's machines are turned off, allowing someone to die, etc.

Sex

Sexual content is limited to an occasional reference to sex in the dialogue, for example "getting laid."

Language

Mild profanity is sometimes used and includes "damn," "hell," etc.

Consumerism

NeXt is a show about the dangers of technology but it also continuously features technology in action, like self-driving cars and smart speakers. Product and brand names are mentioned frequently.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NeXt is a sci-fi thriller about rogue technology that begins to terrorize humans. A tech company creates an advanced artificial intelligence program called NeXt that begins to manipulate people and take over other computers, such as self-driving cars, virtual assistants, and medical equipment. The show builds suspense by implying the bad things NeXt can do to people, so though it infrequently shows violent acts, like an intentional car crash, the threat of violence permeates the storyline. Even though NeXt is a show about the dangers of technology, it also serves to showcase new technologies like self-driving cars. While it steers clear of pure product placement, brand names are mentioned throughout the series. Mild profanity includes "damn" and "hell."

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What's the story?

NEXT is a sci-fi thriller about a rogue computer program that starts manipulating people and taking over other technology. Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade) is an FBI Special Agent specializing in cybersecurity. After one of her friends mysteriously dies, she finds a videotape addressed to former tech CEO Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery), warning him about the possibility of a rogue superintelligence. LeBlanc, ousted from the company he helped found, suspects his former partner and brother (Jason Butler Harner) of reopening an old, powerful Artificial Intelligence program. This program, called NeXt, has leaked and started manipulating other people and technologies for purposes LeBlanc can only assume are nefarious. Salazar and LeBlanc must team up to stop it before it can cause destruction throughout the country and maybe the world. 

Is it any good?

The Singularity -- the point at which technology gains a life of its own and can no longer be controlled -- has long been a subject of science fiction. Today, the idea that technology could take over the world feels as frightening as ever. NeXt combines sci-fi horror with familiar TV drama elements. For example, there's a team of FBI investiagtors, and the outsider is the only person that can help them crack the case. The premise is strong enough to overcome some melodramatic plot points and create a genuinely suspensful show in the style of 24. Better yet, NeXt takes the opportunity to ask powerful questions about the impact technology has on our everyday lives, as well as the ethics and motives behind those who create and control it.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about technology. How does your family use electronics? Are there any parts of your day that technology doesn’t play a role in? What are the benefits of putting aside your device for a while?

  • How do people use technology on NeXt? What happens when that technology becomes untrustworthy? How do characters adapt to this new reality?

  • What responsibilities do scientists and engineers have when technology is used to cause harm? How do characters on NeXt respond when their creations go awry?

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For kids who love sci-fi thrillers

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