Star Blazers

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Complex '70s series still has allure for mature tweens.

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age 7+
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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. 

Sex

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. 

Language

Name-calling such as "idiot."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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. 

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Adult Written byadampasz September 20, 2015

Great Story. No more intense than Star Wars.

I saw Star Blazers when I was 7, and it had a massive impact on me, so I'm going to also recommend 7. Star Wars is no more intense than Star Wars IV (whi... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Set in 2199, STAR BLAZERS is the story of a courageous crew tasked with fighting a tyrannical intergalactic enemy to save the human race. After the Gamilons attacked Earth and turned its atmosphere radioactive, the remaining population is tucked away in underground bunkers. They're safe for now, but death is certain if the toxins aren't removed within a year. Under the command of the stalwart Captain Avatar (voiced by Gordon Ramsey), crews led by Derek Wildstar (Kenneth Meseroll) and Mark Venture (Tom Tweedy) embark on missions to eliminate the Gamilons, restore their atmosphere, and return to normal life. But, even as help arrives from distant places, new enemies set their sights on Earth, aiming to enslave or destroy it. 

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about this show's impression of the future. In what ways have we already arrived at what the show envisioned technology to be in 2199? What does that mean for where we're headed? Is there a limit to what science makes possible? Should there be?

  • What advancements have been made recently in space exploration? Do you think it's necessary to continue it? What value to us exists in further discovery in space? 

  • How have TV standards changed from when this series was made? Was there any content that surprised you compared to what you see in more current shows you watch? Are we becoming desensitized to violence on TV? 

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