Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion

Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion season 1

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Kennedy Unthank

TV Series Review

It’s tough being average … and some days, Violet Rodriguez thinks describing herself as average might be all-too-generous. Social skills? None. Athletic ability? Nope.

“The important thing is that you tried,” Violet’s mother says to reassure her.

“That’s what you tell people who aren’t good at anything,” Violet responds.

It doesn’t help that her brother, Tiago, happens to be good at everything he does—so much so that Violet’s parents have lost track of what their celebration dinner for him is celebrating.

“We made the perfect child,” her father says.

Two…perfect children,” her mother quickly corrects.

And as Tiago’s trophies quite literally tower over Violet at the dinner table, she’s left to wonder if she’ll ever excel in anything.

That’s when a magical luchador mask appears in her bedroom. When she puts it on, she suddenly transforms into a superhero with the power of super speed. This is her chance, she realizes, to bask in a bit of fame and glory.

And what better way to do that than a livestream collaboration with Black Scorpion, another luchador superhero. Only, when Violet discovers his secret identity, she realizes that it’s her Uncle Cruz!

With his reluctant guidance, Violet will learn that her great power comes with…ahem…a lot of personal restraint.

And as she grows in her abilities, Violet will discover that being a superhero requires a lot of growth—both while on the job and in her personal life.

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If you’ve seen Netflix’s Raising Dion, you’ll recognize that Disney+’s Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion is similar in many ways.

Both focus on superpowered children being mentored in how to understand, control and properly use their superpowers. Both children have a desire to reap the personal benefits of their abilities, often making mistakes as a result. And both are so excited to use their powers that they tend to get themselves into situations that require supporting characters to pull them back and talk some sense into them before they get seriously harmed.

The major difference between the two, however, is that Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion is much more light-hearted than its Netflix cousin. There’s danger, to be sure, but it’s never on the scale of Raising Dion’s “throw an otherworldly electric demon monster at the 10-year-old boy” level of danger. No, this one is more focused on stopping car thieves and criminals who steal advanced technological weapons that act more as tasers than firearms.

The focus of the TV-G show is on Violet’s growth as a person—choosing to do the right thing with her powers rather than doing things for personal gain. As her mentor and uncle Black Scorpion puts it, “There are two forces raging inside us. Good and bad. You’re the only one that decides which one wins.”

As Violet struggles with both middle school problems and fighting crime, she’ll come to realize just what Black Scorpion means. Because even though she has the power to overcome pretty much any obstacle with ease, being “the good guy” sometimes means that she’ll have to keep doing things the hard way, even if that means struggling with school gossip and not getting public recognition for the good deeds she’s doing.

Because this is a show about superheroes, parents will know that there will be a bit of violence—though don’t expect to see anything more than characters groaning from pain or criminals being knocked out. Many heroes wear tight costumes, and some male fighters are seen shirtless. And in the final episode, one male luchador is given a feminine outfit to wear and describes wearing the dress as “being himself.” Parents will likely need to help their children navigate that.

But overall, Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion is a light-hearted coming-of-age story that will provide young viewers good lessons in putting aside the bad within us in pursuit of doing good.

Episode Reviews

Jun. 3, 2022—S1, Ep1: “The Violet Behind the Ultra”

When Violet obtains superpowers, her mentor, Black Scorpion, teaches her how to wisely use her powers. Violet struggles on whether or not she should reveal her secret identity for fame.

Black Scorpion and Ultra Violet fight criminals using hand-to-hand combat or knocking them out with candy projectiles. Criminals attempt to steal cars, and Black Scorpion totals one of the vehicles. As Violet learns her powers, she accidentally runs into walls and a mirror. She also hits her head on an archery bow during a field day event. Violet has a hallucination and a dream about her magical luchador mask before it appears on her bed.

Violet’s parents share many quick kisses. When they put on their masks, Black Scorpion and Ultra Violet’s clothing transforms into tight luchador clothing.

A character says the acronym “O.M.G.”

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Kennedy Unthank

Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. His favorite movie is La La Land.

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