A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Strong female characters are prevalent, and the good guys always work for the greater good even when it means a sacrifice on their part.
Violence & Scariness
Explosive battles between spacecraft and among humans and robots, though no humans are injured. One character uses a boomerang to slice through robots.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this futuristic cartoon centers on the ongoing struggle between a dominant evil empire and a small group of civic-minded rebels. Some of the characters have special powers like telekinesis that they use to battle their enemies (both human and robotic), and the sky is often filled with warring spacecraft attempting to shoot each other down. Add to this the emotional struggle of a mother separated from her kids when she's kidnapped by the bad guys, and it's clear that this one's not for the littlest viewers. That said, the show's strong characters (especially the female ones) and intriguing, Star Wars-like storyline combine to make this a fun choice for tweens to adults.
Is It Any Good?
Beautifully animated, Skyland is packed with drama and adventure, space-traveling action, struggles between good and evil, multi-dimensional characters, and enough mystery to entertain tweens to adults. But frequent explosive battles between humans and robots and subject matter like kidnapping, wrongful imprisonment, separation of families, and supernatural abilities make this one iffy for younger kids.
Star Wars saga fans will find Skyland's plot familiar. Just a few of the parallels: Oslo is a modified human with an army of identical subordinates; Mahad can be hot-headed and impulsive and must be tempered by the older, gruffer Cortes; Seijin powers are similar to the Jedis'; Vector is a little like Obi-Wan; and the Sphere's headquarters is pretty much a rectangular version of the Death Star. But if you can look past the plot cribbing, you'll find that Skyland's well-played mystique, complex characters, and enticing storyline combine with fantastic, cutting-edge animation to make it a highly respectable copycat.
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