A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Salvation is an apocalyptic drama that relies on STEM-based problem solving to save the world from impending doom. Viewers sensitive to the topic may find it a little disturbing, but others may find the science conversations interesting. Watch out for some sexual innuendo, drinking, and moments of suspense without much violence. The series explores the struggles that come with developing new technology and taking chances -- government conspiracies, kidnapping, and murder are also addressed.
What's the story?
SALVATION is a dramatic series about a group of people trying to stop an apocalyptic collision between an asteroid and Earth. When MIT astrophysics graduate student Liam Cole (Charlie Rowe) discovers that a massive asteroid is going to hit the planet in 186 days, he knows that he must find a way to stop it. He approaches wealthy tech entrepreneur Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera) for help. Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary of Defense Harris Edwards (Ian Anthony Dale), who oversees all projects relating to NASA, is also aware that the planet is facing impending doom. Each has a different idea about how to approach the problem, and it's up to Grace Barrows (Jennifer Finnigan), a Pentagon press secretary, to help them navigate the problem-solving process together. The situation is highly classified, which places added pressure on them, especially when Barrows is with her daughter, and when Liam spends time with Jillian (Jacqueline Byers), an amateur science fiction writer. As the clock ticks down, the team must think outside the box to find a solution if they are going to save humanity.
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the kind of messages Salvation offers about the relationship between government and scientists and engineers. Is this portrayal accurate? Or is it dramatized to make the show more entertaining?
What are some of the ways STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is being used to improve the world around us? What kind of advances have been made in the last decade that we now use in our everyday lives? What kinds of things are being worked on for future use?
If you found out that the world might end in six months, what would you do? Would you tell people? Live your life differently? Do things you've always wanted to do? What is stopping you from making those changes in your life right now?
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