A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A mixed bag. On one hand, the main characters put themselves in danger to rid the world of monsters and others with supernatural powers, which is a good thing when their existence threatens humanity. On the other, the series often takes a sympathetic view of those same monsters, which casts doubt on the justification of humans killing them. There is more gray area than clear distinction between good and evil. Secrecy sometimes is required for people's protection, but when it's revealed, it often causes hurt and mistrust. Some hints at racial and sexual orientation prejudice, as the main characters include a mixed-race couple and a gay teen.
Positive Role Models
Fred and Deloris hunt monsters for the sake of society's safety, but their job forces them to make difficult choices that can have negative effects on both strangers and those they care about. They also keep secrets, even from loved ones, with good intentions but detrimental results. Some supernatural creatures are cast as sympathetic characters.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent, graphic violence. Humans hunt and kill a variety of monsters using guns, knives, and machetes. Scenes are bloody and intense, showing drawn-out deaths, dismemberment, and close-up and realistic violence. Jump scares as intimidating creatures like vampires appear suddenly onscreen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, fondling, and making out is shown, including between same-sex partners. More intense encounters are suggestive, as when a teen enjoys what's presumed to be oral sex from a partner.
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Everything goes here, and there's a lot of it. "F--k," "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," "d--k" (as an insult), "g--damn," and "Jesus Christ."
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Products & Purchases
This series is based on graphic novels of the same title.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink beer, wine, and mixed drinks, sometimes to excess but with few negative consequences. Teens are shown drinking at parties and gatherings as well.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that October Faction is a violent, intense sci-fi drama that is not meant for kids and teens even though it has some characters. Based on the comic book series of the same name, the content includes copious strong language ("f--k," "goddamn," "s--t," "bitch," and "d--k," to name just a few frequent fliers) and graphic killing scenes that show bullet wounds, stabbings, and lots of blood. The story posits that supernatural creatures like vampires, warlocks, and monsters of various kinds exist mostly unnoticed alongside the human population, requiring a secret society of hunters to neutralize their threat. Besides the gory action, the show also sets up plenty of family drama as secrets yield unhappy consequences and people grapple with the realities of their past. Expect some sexual content that shows kissing and making out (including same-sex couples) and hints at (but doesn't show) oral sex and the like.
Is It Any Good?
This high-drama series has all the ingredients for a gripping TV addiction for mature sci-fi fans, but it falls short of the mark on several counts. The cumulative acting is surprisingly clunky for a cast of individual talents such as they are, but that presents as more of an issue of imprecise writing than anything else. And speaking of writing, while the overall edginess of the violent, gritty content certainly warrants some salty language in parts, October Faction interjects excessive and unnecessary amounts of cursing that don't feel at all organic in some cases, ultimately compromising the intensity of some of the scenes.
That's not to say that this well-produced series won't garner a following. There's enough intrigue and tantalizing drama bridging the episodes to ensure that viewers who power through the show's misfires will want to come back for answers on a slow reveal. What's more, the Allens are a likable kind of character in how they ride the fence between heroes and renegade justice seekers. And just how and where Geoff and Viv fit into the picture remains to be seen as the October Faction story plays out for those who are willing to weather the show's considerable rough patches.
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