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While the show features lots of scientists talking intelligently about each episode's topic, the narration tends to focus on the dangerous and deadly in a very exploitative way (for example, calling volcanoes "mass murderers").
Violence & Scariness
While there's plenty of devastation to be seen -- villages ravaged by volcano erruptions, etc. -- there are almost no bodies. That said, the narration is relentless, repeating over and over how many people have been killed by the featured events/disasters, etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this nature/science show's repeated images of dangerous events and the narration's relentless doom and gloom could be upsetting to young kids and tweens. It's true that many of the issues the series covers do have deadly potential, but the show's emphasis on that perspective is disproportionate.
Is It Any Good?
The show's visuals are unquestionably spectacular. But its tendency to anthropomorphize inanimate objects is ridiculous. Yes, volcanoes are dangerous, and their eruptions are often deadly and devastating. But it's just plain silly to refer to a volcano's "weapons" or suggest that one could "convict a volcano of mass murder."
Granted, nature isn't benign, and shows that present the natural world as a happy, perfectly safe place aren't realistic, either But Sci-Trek seems to go too far in the other direction, making it seem as though we're unbelievably lucky to survive from day to day.
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