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The Man Who Fell to Earth

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Great series warns of climate change; has violence, cursing.

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The powerful TV series successfully builds on the 1976 film while managing to deliver a superior stand-alone story with strong contemporary environmental themes. The show, which was created by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet of the Star Trek universe, incorporates some recognizable moments from the movie, as well as visual references to David Bowie's performance as Thomas Newton, all of which helps create a sense of continuity. But its statements about some of today's social ills, and its warnings about the planetary impact of climate change are clear. Chiwetel Ejiofor's superb performance as the awkward, intelligent, and sensitive Faraday often is delivered with humor and genuine emotion, which makes these obvious warnings about the Earth's trajectory towards environmental disaster a little easier to handle. Overall, The Man Who Fell to Earth is a thoughtful and entertaining series that is worth the watch.

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