The series raises many weighty issues such as the delicate balance between individual freedom and community well-being, the authority of government, and postapocalyptic life. Theirs is a reality in which they sacrifice their kids to test theories and kill for the slightest wrongdoing, but they have valid reasons for doing so. As such, it's not always easy to distinguish right from wrong in their actions or in the characters themselves.
Positive Role Models & Representations
Realistic violence, often with weapons such as guns or knives. In one scene, a teen is impaled on a spear and dies slowly. Teens threaten each other with weapons and engage in fistfights to settle differences. Peril exists at every turn, and enemies are often unseen. Mutated animals can be gruesome to look at, and some attack the teens. Capital punishment is the norm on the spacecraft, but the manner in which it's done isn't gory.
Teens flirt with each other and hint at sexuality, but little beyond kissing is shown. Occasionally they do undress to their underwear for various reasons such as swimming.
"Damn," "hell," "screw him," "sucks," and the like are frequent fliers.
The show is based on a book of the same name and features popular musical selections in its soundtrack.