A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The contestants work to complete their quest, which involves being strong, smart, and brave. Men and women compete on an equal level (and in identical costumes), and challenges are designed to bring out many different types of strengths.
Positive Role Models
Contestants are largely likable average people who are called upon to act bravely. Some rise to the challenge; others don't. Viewers are given some time to get to know each one as people, which makes the challenges more interesting. Men and women compete equally.
Violence & Scariness
Realistic scenes mixed with fantasy violence, swordplay, battles on horseback, and mystical, scary monsters that loom out of the mist. The combination may be particularly scary and confusing for young children.
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Infrequent language such as, "We're getting the hell out of here."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Quest is a show that blends elements of fantasy with reality TV, and, for families who like both these things, this could be a great watch-together series. Expect a few terrifying monsters who leer out of the misty darkness or villains who threaten violence, but kids sophisticated enough to understand that the threat is imaginary, particularly those who have a fondness for gothic/fantasy imagery, will watch this show enthusiastically. Aside from the few scares, there's really no iffy content. In addition, men and women compete equally and in identical costumes in challenges calculated to bring out various kinds of strengths, which sends a powerful message of equality.
Is It Any Good?
For a certain geeky/quirky section of the world's population, The Quest will be absolute catnip. There are lantern-lit explorations of mysterious woods, beautiful stone-faced women in gowns acting as Fates, chain mail, and horses stomping their hooves. Add to that a lot of screen time spent showing us that this type of adventure is the absolute pinnacle of the contestants' fantasy lives, and you have a recipe for some pretty sweet TV.
The Quest is pretty silly, of course, but so is most fantasy. In contrast to many reality shows that torture its participants, The Quest shows it's having a heck of a lot of fun. That's likely to at least amuse fantasy fans who wouldn't mind sleeping in a castle and learning how to operate a medieval arrow-flinging scorpion for a few weeks.
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