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SONIC PRIME: Season Three

"A Thought-Provoking Redemptive Ending to an Engaging Series"

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What You Need To Know:

Season Three of SONIC PRIME on Netflix follows the fallout between Sonic and his seeming friend, Nine. Sonic and his alter ego, Shadow, set out to frustrate Nine’s dystopian plans. Nine wants steals the reassembled Paradox Prism, a device that bends reality. Nine wants to use it to transform one of the five alternate dimensions created when a battle between Sonic and Eggman shattered the Prism. However, Nine’s plan will destroy the other dimensions, killing everyone in them. Sonic makes an unlikely alliance with the Chaos Council to stop Nine.

Designed as the finale season, Season Three of SONIC PRIME finishes strong but lacks some of the tight storytelling of the first two seasons. It remains an exciting dimension hopping adventure. However, the final episodes have a lot more cartoon violence than others, and it becomes redundant. That said, Season Three still has a strong redemptive, moral worldview. It extols friendship, trust, forgiveness, and sacrifice. However, one character makes a comment that has evolution implications. Season Three of SONIC PRIME has a few light feminist elements. So, MOVIEGUIE® advises caution for older children.

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(CC, BB, Ev, Fe, VV, M)

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong Christian, redemptive, moral, pro-life worldview extols the virtues of friendship, trust, mercy, repentance, forgiveness, and self-sacrifice and characters learn from each other to overcome pride, to forgive and to work together to overcome evil, plus the title hero, Sonic, repents of his self-centered assumptions and helps a hurt and confused friend not to become a villain, but there’s an evolution implication when the dark side of one character, who was created by a scientist, declares that he’s “the ultimate lifeform” a few times, plus there are a few feminist elements such as one character, Knuckles the Dread, interprets his character growth in terms of handing over being captain of a ship to a female character and the main military leader for the good guys is a female character;

Foul Language:
No obscenities or profanities, but many of the characters call each other names, which are often silly;

Violence:
The heroes and their friends often battle robots and other mechanical things machinations of the villains, which includes the title hero’s speed and boom attacks and characters who wield hammers and swords against each other, etc., but without bloodshed;

Sex:
No sex;

Nudity:
No nudity;

Alcohol Use:
Alcohol use in one timeline;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Hero joins forces with one group of villains to defeat a more powerful villain and return things to the status quo with the evil Eggman Empire that the hero opposes.

More Detail:

The final season of SONIC PRIME, available now on Netflix, follows the fallout between Sonic and his seeming friend, Nine. This cybernetic version of Tales has acquired the Paradox Prism shards. He plans to use them to try and make a new world and life for himself in the barren shatterspace he calls “The Grim”. Sonic again teams up with his rival, Shadow, who’s now able to enter shatterspaces due to the rifts in space and time. Finally, these two iconic hedgehogs can actually work together instead of Shadow’s being locked out. They set out to frustrate Nine’s plan, which is even more dystopian than that of the Chaos Council.

Ironically, in pursuit of this goal, Sonic finds himself making a very unlikely alliance with the five members of the Chaos Council. Finding common cause against Nine, the various iterations of Eggman use their technology to harness Sonic’s innate power and protect the various inhabitants of the several shatterspaces. Then they launch an all-out assault on Nine’s “Grim” stronghold. However, Nine finds out that he needs Sonic’s energy to carry out his plan. Can Sonic and his friends find a solution that will save all the various worlds from destruction?

The final season of the best Sonic series of all time, finishes strong but lacks some of the tight storytelling of the first two. It remains an exciting dimension hopping adventure. However, the final episodes are filled with a lot more cartoon violence than previous episodes. This violence becomes redundant. Also, the final episode, while bring a satisfying close to the series, will probably bother or go completely over the heads of younger viewers. Yet, anyone who was frustrated with the lack of Shadow in previous seasons will get their fill in this one. The character comes to play a key and prevalent role in the story’s conclusion. He also has several redemptive moments. Fans and families alike will enjoy the interplay between Sonic and Shadow. The animation remains top notch, and the show’s excellent sense of humor is still fully intact. Despite the increased level of violence, the SONIC PRIME series concludes in a very fitting, satisfying way.

In addition, from beginning to end, the story stays very true to its video game source material while world building on a new level by giving the franchise a multiverse and five alternate dimensions called a “shatterverse.” Visuals, sounds, nods, and the interaction of beloved, key characters will have audiences finishing the series and returning for a second and third watch. Overall, the series is a crowd-pleasing expansion of the game world which has much to offer children kids as well as adults. From a promising beginning, through a solid second season, to a satisfying send off, SONIC PRIME cements itself as a major animated event.

The dominant worldview of Season 3 of SONIC PRIME is much like that the first two seasons. The new season has a strong Christian, redemptive, moral, pro-life worldview. It extols the virtues of friendship, trust, mercy, forgiveness, repentance, overcoming pride, and sacrifice. In fact, both Sonic and Shadow become Christ figures in their actions. [POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOLLOW] For example, Sonic sacrifices himself to unify all the new dimensions, and Shadow carries his friend across the Void to save his life. In addition, the Chaos Council gets its just desserts.

However, Season Three inserts one troubling element. The dark side of Shadow comes out when the character declares a few times that he’s “the ultimate lifeform.” This probably will go over the heads of many viewers. However, Sonic fans aware of the background of Shadow as a cybernetic version of Sonic created by Dr. Robotnik, Eggman’s grandfather, should be able to grasp the evolutionary undertones of Shadow’s statement. Season Three also has some light feminist elements. For example, one side character, Knuckles the Dread, interprets his character growth in terms of handing over being captain of a ship to a female character. Also, the main military leader for the good guys is a female. However, the third and final season thankfully remains free of strong woke elements, foul language and other immoral behavior.

All in all, therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children for the escalated rage, increased cartoon violence and problematic worldview content in Season Three of SONIC PRIME, but commends its strong redemptive, morally uplifting values and generally wholesome qualities.

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