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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Solid doomsday drama looks to STEM for solutions.

TV CBS Drama 2017
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age 14+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 8+

Best end of the world serie

Really great ! Drama suspense and at the end of every episode something come up for you to want more

This title has:

Great messages
age 8+


We are currently watching this on our Saturday Movie Night. It's a bit tricky yo find a movie that appeals to kids aged 14 and 12, but is also appropriate for an 8 year old (and that my husband and I can injoy as well), but so far (3 episodes watched) this fits the bill. It's not big on action but it is slick and easy to watch, with charismatic actors a pleasing pace, and the end-of-the-world theme isn't overdone. As a science teacher I really like that science/STEM is prominent in the episodes: my oldest kid often commented about Newton's Laws and things like constant velocity (he just went over this in his science class). There is a nasty torture scene in episode 3 that upset our 8 year old a little, but the violence is suggested more than actually shown, and we do see characters drinking beer and jumping into bed together right at their first meeting, which might not sit well with every family's value system, but the general message is hopeful and that resourceful humans can find solutions to problems.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This suspense-filled series focuses on science and technology-based problem-solving efforts drawn from real-life events. It references the devastating 2013 meteor explosion over Russia, as well as contemporary conversations about ways to colonize Mars to save the human race from inevitable extinction. It also points to the inevitable conflicts between scientists, makers, and government.

Nonetheless, Salvation tries a bit too hard to create enough drama to sustain an audience's attention while the world is being saved by science. Despite characters such as the Elon Musk-like Darius Tanz, appearances by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and frequent STEM-themed conversations to legitimize the story world, some of the secondary plot lines, including government conspiracies, illicit romances, and other personal issues, feel more fictional than the planet's impending doom. Nonetheless, those who enjoy more cerebral dramas will find it entertaining.

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