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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that V Wars is a show about scientists who discover a strain of vampiric agent deep in the Arctic and must deal with the aftermath. The show is violent and especially bloody, even for a vampire series; it depicts a suicide within the first three minutes of the show and a few murders soon after. Sexual content includes nudity and profanity includes "s--t" and "f--k." It's an intriguing premise, but the show falls flat; teens looking for fresh vampire content should probably look elsewhere.
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What's the story?
Dr. Luther Swann (Lost's Ian Somerhalder) asks his best buddy Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes) to go to the Arctic with him -- it seems contact has been lost with another climate change scientist up there. As soon as they arrive, the two realize that an infectious agent has been freed from its confines. The men are rushed back to a clinic for observations. Luther seems fine, but soon, it’s clear that Michael is anything but. That's right, he's now a vampire. But why isn’t Luther? And what mysterious agenda controls Michael’s actions?
Is it any good?
If you’re expecting much more than a poor rehash of The Strain, or any other vampire show that tries to apply a scientific method to the folklore of vampires, prepare to be disappointed. This series doesn’t add much to the vampire show canon, except lots more gore and guts. It also doesn’t have the lightness of Buffy or even Somerhalder's earlier fanged series, The Vampire Diaries. It's also pretty mature content, with references to suicide, homicide, promiscuous sexual behavior, and heavy drinking within the first twenty minutes. Even with all this drama, the acting is still flat and the writing seems pre-worn -- as if you’ve heard every line before. It’s rare to find a boring vampire story, but V Wars has done it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about climate change. How might it impact civilization? Do you think some of the things that happen in V Wars are plausible? Why or why not?
Families can talk about helping friends do the right thing. Can you think of examples of this action from the show? How about in your own life?
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