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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 Zero Chill is a drama with a pair of teen twins who are both talented at sports set on ice: hockey and figure skating. The level of mature content is suitable for tween viewers. Violence includes injuries and clashes during hockey games and skating competitions, while sexual content is dialed down to crushes, flirting, dating, and the occasional sweet kiss. The cast is diverse in terms of ethnicity and race (though the main characters are White), and the girls on the show have agency and personalities that are the equal of the male characters'. However, female athletes are consistently dressed in tight, brief, revealing costumes, while male hockey players wear baggy uniforms. Even male figure skaters are often shown in athletic gear instead of more form-fitting costumes. Family members and authority figures are supportive, even if they're strict and demanding, and we see the focus and discipline it takes to participate in sports. Communication and teamwork are themes.
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What's the Story?
As we meet up with the characters of ZERO CHILL, twins Kayla (Grace Beedie) and Mac (Dakota Taylor) are at odds. After talented Mac won a scholarship to a prestigious hockey academy in England, the twins' mom and dad, Jenny (Sarah-Jane Potts) and Luke (Doug Rao), moved the whole family away from their home in Canada. Everyone has to sacrifice to encourage Mac's burgeoning ice hockey career, but competitive figure skater Kayla feels like she's suffering the most, torn away from her comfort zone, her friends, and worst of all, her skating partner and best friend, Jacob (Kenneth Tynan). Can the MacBentley family find success, fortune, fame, and happiness on the ice and in their new home?
Is It Any Good?
With its naturally ramping-up stakes and easy-to-understand rivalries, the competitive sports world is made for episodic drama, no matter what sport is the focus. Zero Chill could just as easily be set on a football field or a tennis court, but the ice rink, the home of two such varied sports as figure skating and hockey, makes a nice middle ground where all of its characters can meet. It is a bit puzzling why the MacBentley family moved away from Canada, arguably the ice hockey capital of the world, to England so that Mac can further his hockey career, but leaving that aside, Grace Beedie's Kayla and Dakota Taylor's Mac are easy to empathize with.
Kayla has the rawest end of the stick, dragged to a strange land against her will; confident (and sometimes arrogant) Mac finds that in England, too, he's the most talented member of his team, and all signs point to future success. Of course, as the show goes on, Kayla begins to find herself in her new home, quickly making friends with fellow skaters and worming her way into the competitive circuit, while Mac finds that his golden boy status doesn't win him many fans on the team or at his new school. Could it be that these two athletes chart a course for sporting success, with pitfalls and lessons learned along the way, that ultimately culminates in shiny medals and trophies and the roar of the crowd? To answer that ventures into spoiler territory, but even though this harmless, amiable series offers few surprises, it's still solid entertainment, especially for young skaters or sports enthusiasts who'll thrill to the soapy drama and the many, many scenes of blades on ice.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the importance of sports in their family and community and how it compares to what they see on Zero Chill. Are hockey or ice skating as big a deal in your town as they are on the show? What kind of pressures do the athletes face -- both the athletes on television and in real life? What are some of the consequences of those pressures?
How do parents and other adult role models help kids learn what success means? What defines success in your community?
How do the characters on Zero Chill demonstrate communication and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?
- Premiere date: March 15, 2021
- Cast: Gemma Lawman, Jerry Kwarteng, Jeremias Amoore
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Drama
- Character Strengths: Communication, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-G
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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