A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Valor is an Army-themed drama that contains lots of military violence ranging from helicopter crashes and automatic weapon shootings to people being shot, beaten, and bloodied. There are also moments of sexuality, including some risqué bedroom scenes. There's a strong female character, but exploring the ethics of her behavior is one of the show's central themes.
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What's the story?
VALOR is a dramatic series about members of an elite Army helicopter pilot unit and the secrets they're keeping. After Army Shadow Raider pilots Warrant Officer Nora Madani (Christina Ochoa) and commanding officer Captain Leland Gallo (Matt Barr) return from a failed secret mission in Somalia, they agree to keep the details about what happened a secret. They want to return to rescue the soldiers left behind, including Jimmy Kam (W. Tre Davis), who was captured during the operation. As the two try to figure out how to rescue him, they begin to question why they were sent there in the first place. Meanwhile, Madani's boyfriend, First Lieutenant Ian Porter (Charlie Barnett), isn't convinced that she is ready to fly again, and Thea (Melissa Roxburgh), the CIA officer assigned to investigate the mission, doesn't trust her. Nonetheless, Madani, one of the first female pilots in the unit, will do what she has to do to continue flying and return to Somalia to rescue her comrade. But she struggles with the inability to share information about the mission with Kam's wife (played by Corbin Reid), as well as with facing her own personal demons.
Is it any good?
This uneven series combines military turmoil with soap opera-like situations in hopes of appealing to a younger and broader audience. It creates an interesting narrative by using flashbacks to reveal pivotal moments during the covert mission to contextualize specific conversations or events. It also introduces a strong and talented female elite military officer as the lead character. However, these details are watered down thanks to some uncomfortably melodramatic plot lines, many of which seem to go against military standards.
Like most fictional military-themed shows,Valor paints a largely artificial picture of a life and career in the military. But unlike shows like SEAL Team, it's got some soapy guilty-pleasure moments, thanks to inappropriate behaviors and illicit activities, which gives it the feel of a teen-oriented serial. Some viewers may find this approach to these types of shows more palatable, but others may not appreciate the characterizations featured here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about female military pilots in the United States. Did you know that approximately 10 percent of Army helicopter pilots are women? What do you think needs to change in order for that percentage to go up?
Military-themed shows frequently highlight principles like bravery, loyalty, and sacrifice that soldiers are expected to live by. How does Valor address these values?
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