A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Good and evil are clearly defined, and unrelated species band together against a common enemy. Self-sacrifice for the greater good marks one as a hero. Valiant forces battle impossible odds but refuse to yield. The loss of friends and family members is a present force, as is the impending doom of the human race as a whole. Characters experience regret, guilt, sadness, and anger but also the fulfillment of victory and camaraderie.
Positive Role Models
All of the crew members are brave and fierce, willing to put themselves in danger to save Earth's population. Some make questionable decisions, but their motivations are good.
Violence & Scariness
Bombs explode, affecting buildings and their surroundings. Spacecraft fire at each other, and some erupt into smoke. Others make crash landings. People's lives are constantly under threat, and many episodes refer to the potential annihilation of life on the planet. Some characters die, but it's not gory. Many wear guns holstered at the hip.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Men and women are attracted to each other, but it's more along the lines of men watching women's butts when they wear short skirts.
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Name-calling such as "idiot."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Star Blazers is a '70s cartoon about an intergalactic war that threatens the survival of the entire human race. The story is pretty heavy stuff for kids, what with people hunkering down underground waiting to see if radiation will penetrate Earth's surface and kill them all, so it's more appropriate for older viewers who won't be upset by the concept. Death, loss, danger, anger, and grief are common to the characters' experiences. Battles show spacecraft shooting at each other, many explosions, and some crash landings. On the upside, this is a real David-and-Goliath-caliber story of good vs. evil, so when victories come to the protagonists, they're hard-fought and worth celebrating.
Is It Any Good?
This '70s series shows its age in crude animation, but the complex story line doesn't suffer from it. A lot goes on at the same time, with crews waging war all over the galaxy and family members at home fearing for their loved ones' safety along with their own. There's military-style strategizing, similar scheming from the enemy, and intergalactic disasters that constantly threaten lives. There's also an air of reality to emotional scenes of loss and fear that stand out in comparison to more modern series that gloss over these issues.
The show's overarching plot makes it difficult to pick up the story anywhere but at the beginning, and the intricacies of the story will challenge kids' attention spans. It's better suited to an audience of tweens to adults than grade-schoolers, but regardless of your age, it's always amusing to revisit a vintage show's impression of futuristic technology and space exploration.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.