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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Wrecked is an irreverent comedy series loosely inspired by Lost and featuring its own set of castaways on a remote island. Dialogue is rife with strong language ("s--t," "ass," "son of a bitch," "d--k," and "p---y" are audible; only "f--k" is edited), and there are frequent references to sexual topics such as masturbation. The show makes light of character deaths (mostly at the start, as a result of a plane crash), grief, and injury, not to mention personality conflicts that drive much of the humor. There's little of substance in this series, and the shallow comedy dulls fairly quickly, but those who liked Lost may enjoy this parody of that fan favorite.
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What's the story?
When their plane crashes on a deserted island, survivors must band together to hold out in case (er, until) help arrives, but that's easier said than done with this group of misfits. They're off to a good start with an ex-Special Forces operative taking charge, but when tragedy strikes, all is nearly lost. Now it's up to reluctant leaders Danny (Brian Sacca), Owen (Zach Cregger), and Karen (Brooke Dillman) to maintain order and keep hope of rescue alive.
Is it any good?
Drawing on recent classic Lost for inspiration, this preposterous comedy series is fun for a while, but it's neither clever enough nor well enough written to keep up its luster for long. Because much of the humor stems from the characters' stereotypically opposing personalities, it doesn't take long to predict how scenes will play out, and then the whole production feels trite instead of edgy.
Viewers with little palate for mindless humor will tire of what WRECKED has to offer, but teens may be drawn to its corniness, and here's where the show's chronic red-letter language and intermittent sexual innuendo create a problem. Ultimately this is a real know-your-kid situation. If your older teens are mature enough to dismiss this kind of content, they may appreciate this show's absurdity.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the purpose of this show. Does it attempt to send any kind of a message, or is it just TV eye candy? As parodies go, does this one do a good job? If you've seen Lost, what similarities do you noticed between the two?
Does any character strike you as a good leader? What qualities do you most respect in a leader? Is it a role you enjoy playing? Why, or why not?
Teens: How well do you think you'd do in an emergency of some kind? To what degree should we prepare for emergencies? How does our high-tech world make us more susceptible to an emergency? Conversely, how does it help us plan for one?
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