A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Soldiers often appear proud when they take out a criminal, and they always use violence as the means to their end, even when their subjects are subdued and unarmed. A main character struggles to come to terms with a troubled past and an abusive alcoholic father. The series focuses on counterterrorism efforts, so there's plenty of illegal activity (robberies, hostage situations, hijackings) within the plot.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent, strong gun violence in confrontational scenes between officials and criminals. Killing is shown at close range, and graphic shots of corpses and wounded characters are common. Veteran soldiers proudly discuss the methods they use to hunt and kill terrorists -- including, in one case, the best way to kill with one shot.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional mild flirting between adults, but it doesn't really lead anywhere.
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Strong expletives like "ass" and "s--t" (unbleeped) are common fare.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some supporting characters smoke occasionally.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this British military crime drama about a team of elite sharpshooters is too intense and violent for kids. Killing and other violent images are shown at close range, and scenes of bloodied, mangled corpses are common. Perhaps most disturbingly, the soldiers use violence as a first, last, and only resort, taking down even unarmed criminals that they've already subdued and appearing almost proud of their actions. Expect strong language (including unbleeped uses of "s--t") and occasional smoking, too.
Is It Any Good?
Intense and remarkably violent, Ultimate Force is designed to appeal to action fans, and for adults who fall in that category, it could be an entertaining choice (though some may find its pacing a bit slow compared to its American counterparts). But its tendency to show extreme, close-up violence makes it questionable even for older teens. The soldiers rely heavily on firepower to subdue criminals and even kill those who are already unarmed.
Not only are graphic shoot-'em-ups shown at close range (complete with blood spurting from gunshot wounds and splattering around the victims), the soldiers often seem proud of their kills. And even scenes without direct physical violence are influenced by its presence -- as when Garvie schools his new recruits on the most efficient placement of a bullet to kill a victim with one shot.
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