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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Code is a legal series about Marines. Court-martials deal with violent events, including murder. Stabbings and other violent behaviors are sometimes shown, but the blood is limited. Episodes deal with murder, unethical military procedures, immigration issues, and other legal issues. There's some occasional course language, references to drinking, and sexual innuendo.
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What's the story?
THE CODE is a dramatic military procedural that follows a group of Marines serving in the Judge Advocate General Headquarters in Quantico. Captain John "Abe" Abraham (Luke Mitchell) is a judge advocate (an active duty Marine who is eligible to serve as a prosecutor, a defense attorney, or in a combat post) who's committed to seeking military justice by court-martial. Under the leadership of Colonel Glenn Turnbull (Dana Delany), Abraham, who is often partnered with his superior officer and friend Major Trey Ferry (Ato Essandoh), cleverly investigates and tries cases that fall under the jurisdiction of the military court. He's also helped by Lieutenant Harper Li (Phillipa Soo) and Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi (Raffi Barsoumian), who offer assistance from the office. Meanwhile, he often finds himself on the opposite side of the courtroom from fellow judge advocate Captain Maya Dobbins (Anna Wood), who has no problem challenging him despite their friendship. They all work hard to adhere to the uniform code of military justice, but also face the pressure that comes from being first, and foremost, Marines.
Is it any good?
This interesting but somewhat predictable series features the standard drama to be expected from a modern legal procedural. There's lots of investigation and suspicious interviews with witnesses, as well as some courtroom theatrics enhanced by Marine culture. Conversations often include explanations of military protocol, including following chains of command, specific military rules, and of course, military codes of behavior. It also addresses contemporary issues, including the ways immigration impacts those who serve, and systematic problems within the Marines and other military branches. However, the team's personal lives are a little casual and friendly, considering the universe they are operating in. Nonetheless,The Code offers some solid entertainment that legal drama fans can enjoy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the difference between a military court and a civilian one. Are the decisions of a military court legally binding? Can judge advocates serve as legal representatives in courts outside of the military?
What messages does The Code send about serving in the military? About being a Marine? Are these messages all positive?
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