A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Set in a Spanish settlement in California, the show exposes kids to music, architecture, and dress of the time and place. It also touches on the strained relationship between the settlers and the Native Americans.
Zorro battles injustice at the hands of the criminals in charge, which puts him at odds with the law and highlights a moral dilemma between doing what's right by the law and following your conscience. He uses a weapon -- his whip -- but never with the intent to hurt anyone. By keeping his identity a secret, he avoids repercussions for his actions. Zorro is inspired by his mother's Native American heritage and often turns to elders in that community for guidance. Greed yields selfish and cruel behavior. However, the series glosses over the complex relationship between Native Americans and the Spanish settlers.
Positive Role Models
Zorro is driven by a firm sense of right and wrong, and he doesn't discriminate in coming to anyone's rescue. He's brave, loyal, and humble, and demonstrates empathy. His sister and friend support his efforts and protect his identity so he can go about his business helping people. In contrast, those in power in the town are selfish and greedy and treat others disparagingly.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent swordplay and sparring, but Zorro never fights to hurt or kill, only to disarm. Some use spears and other weapons.
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Occasionally name-calling such as "idiot," "buffoon," and "fools."
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Products & Purchases
This series is another incarnation of a classic character in Zorro, who's been the focus of numerous other shows and movies.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zorro: The Chronicles follows a teenage Zorro as he battles the forces of injustice in his town. The tyrants are lawmakers, which puts him at odds with those in charge and could be confusing for kids with a rigid understanding of right and wrong. As you'd expect, there's a lot of action in this show, with swords and Zorro's whip dominant in the clashes, but Zorro never looks to hurt anyone, only to disarm. Expect to hear some name-calling ("idiot," "buffoon," and the like) and derogatory treatment of Native Americans by the settlers. On the other hand, Diego, Ines, and their friends are poster kids for following your conscience and treating others with respect.
Is It Any Good?
Blending action and humor, this rendition of the classic masked hero has adventure that appeals to kids but also some serious themes. Diego -- and, by extension, Zorro -- is like the cool older brother every kid wishes he had; he's charismatic, easygoing, and a real cutup, not to mention the best partner in lopsided fights with the corrupters in town. What's more, the fact that he keeps his alter ego a secret gives him a certain humility that's appealing, since he's in it for justice and not for his own family. And not to be outdone by her brother, Ines is feisty and outspoken and matches wits with the bad guys in her own way.
On the other hand, there are some aspects of the show that might give parents pause. While Diego's duplicity makes sense for him to protect his identity, the fact that he encourages Bernardo to feign deafness to their advantage (so he can overhear conversations that aren't meant for him) has negative connotations. From a historical perspective, Zorro: The Chronicles also glosses over the complex interactions between settlers and Native Americans (who speak flawless English, mind you), only superficially addressing issues such as slavery and the seizure of land. And then there's that sticky matter of breaking the law to do what's morally right, which raises many dilemmas of its own. The bottom line? This series isn't a mindless watch, and kids may come away from it with some questions about these heavier themes.
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