A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this sci-fi miniseries focuses on characters' desperate -- and sometimes deadly -- attempts to collect a host of objects with paranormal powers. Their allegiances to various cult-like groups often change throughout the series, making it difficult to discern whether individuals have good or bad intentions. The main character is a single father searching for his young daughter, who has fallen through a portal to an alternate universe. Violence is prevalent and can be graphic; in one scene, burn victims are shown hanging from the ceiling and a wall, and in another, two people are shot and killed. There's a lot of suspense and spookiness throughout the show (some scenes include the ghost of a woman who's screaming and reaching out for help), and a few surprises that will make your heart pound. Teens and adults who can handle the eerie subject matter will enjoy the well-played suspense and intriguing storyline.
What's the story?
A mysterious event that happened more than 40 years ago, a mystical set of objects strewn worldwide and disguised as everyday items, various groups at war to collect the treasures and decipher their story ... THE LOST ROOM has all the makings of a top-notch paranormal thriller. The story begins with a late-night meeting among some shady characters, one of whom becomes $2 million richer by selling an old key to Room 10 of the Sunshine Motel. But his fortune is short-lived -- a black-clad man soon enters the pawn shop with his thugs and pulls a ballpoint pen from his pocket. Chaos ensues; when the dust settles and Detective Joe Miller (Peter Krause) arrives on the scene, he finds one victim hanging from a wall and the other shoved partway through the ceiling. Both men appear to have been burned, though inexplicably their clothes aren't even singed.
Is it any good?
The Lost Room is a fast-paced, consuming sci-fi thriller with enough suspense and plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. Strong casting, great writing, and intriguing cinematography and visual effects make it an enjoyable supernatural ride for adults. But check it out before sharing it with thrill-seeking teens, since there's a good deal of graphic violence and some spooky scenes that might be too much for them.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about paranormal activity. Why are the media so fascinated by ghost stories and sci-fi possibilities? What types of occurrences do people usually chalk up to the paranormal? What's science's take on mysterious or unexplained events? Do teens believe in mysticism and the supernatural? Why or why not? Parents can also discuss what causes greed. Is greed always a bad thing? Can greed ever be driven by good intentions? What's the take-away message about greed here?