A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Contestants' behavior can go either way, and with a $50,000 prize at stake, players' primary motivation is old-fashioned greed. In the beginning, teammates have to work together in order to succeed ... but toward the end, it's every man for himself.
Violence & Scariness
Game show plots tend to revolve around an act of violence. In the first episode, for example, contestants were on the hunt for a mad bomber (who wasn't actually a bomber, of course, but an actor). Pre-planned special effects include graphic car explosions, choreographed combat scenes, and gun battles, which use blanks instead of real bullets.
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Virtually none -- generally just things like rare uses of "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Contestants use matching LG phones with AT&T service. The branding isn't excessive, but the phone (with visible logos) is shown briefly at the start of each episode. The show also recruits new contestants via Facebook.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the mood of this fast-paced game show is realistically tense -- and the dramatic special effects (including car explosions and gun battles) might seem a little too real to tweens and young children. That said, the language is surprisingly clean, there's no sex or drinking/smoking, and the contestants are typically smart, athletic, and brave (although they are doing it all for a $50,000 prize...). The logos of sponsors LG and AT&T are thankfully kept to a minimum, too, which keeps the focus on the action instead of the actual phone.
Is It Any Good?
As much as you try to remind yourself that what you're seeing isn't real, you can't help but feel anxious for these players as they muddle through what must be an overwhelmingly out-of-body experience. And the thing is, it's downright entertaining. Yes, the so-called "Operator" (Emmett J. Scanlan) who runs the game is a little corny. But after listening to him long enough -- and recovering from the shock of the well-timed pyrotechnics -- you start to feel like you're Harrison Ford's stunt double in Patriot Games.
In short, this is thorughly entertaining escapist television. And thanks to cinema-quality camerawork, high-stakes plot lines, and dramatic pacing, it's easy to forget that it's only a game show.
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