Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"


Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Game Review

Editor’s Note: This is a review of the Star Wars: Battlefront II title that was released in 2005. For a review of the new game by the same name, click here.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... I know, I know, I'm obviously not the first writer to begin a review of yet another Star Wars product with George Lucas' famously overused line. And I'm sure I won't be the last. But perhaps no installment has better warranted the use of this phrase than the franchise's latest video game, Star Wars: Battlefront II. Because this time, the starry sky of yesteryear truly is the limit for gamers.

Not Quite 'Episode VII,' But It's Close
When Episode III - Revenge of the Sith broke box-office records this past May, Lucas was adamant that the movie was the final piece of the Star Wars puzzle. In Jedispeak, complete the circle was. But many had a hard time believing this colossal money-making machine would truly be retired. "Although Lucas has absolutely said he is finished with the series, it is inconceivable to me that 20th Century Fox will willingly abandon the franchise," commented film critic Roger Ebert, "especially as Lucas has hinted that parts of [episodes] VII, VIII and IX exist at least in his mind. There will be enormous pressure for them to be made, if not by him, then by his deputies."

Consider Battlefront II the first sign that Lucas' "deputies" are already hard at work. Last year's original game had you fighting for the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Galactic Empire, Rebel Alliance and Old Republic at various times and on 10 different planets. It was a Force-junkie's dream.

This one's even bigger. With awe-inspiring scope and detail, Battlefront II more than one-ups the initial best-seller by including virtually every prominent character and environment in all six movies. Ever wanted to duke it out with those tusked guards at Jabba the Hutt's palace? Done. Wonder what it would feel like to be hot on the trail of Imperial Stormtroopers running the hallways of the Death Star? Wish granted.

Even non-Lucasites unsure whether Aayla Secura is a person, place or thing will find fun things to do here. The "Galactic Conquest" option is a virtual game of Risk combined with individual planetary assaults. For online gamers, the ancillary variations of capture the flag, manhunt or assault will serve as the cherry on top. After gaining control of a handful of planets with your overpowering infantry, you get a taste of why galactic domination can spoil even the meekest of us. I'll admit that with a galaxy as vast as this one, it was hard for me to put down the controller.

Dealing With the Dark Side
Also making the hyperspace jump from big screen to video game are the standard Star Wars sore spots. The Eastern-influenced mysticism of the Force, while not highlighted, still trumps the deadliest of weapons with its "cool" factor. And though the game shies away from the PG-13 gore shown in Revenge of the Sith (no severed limbs or charred bodies, thank you), this third-person shooter involves a hefty share of real-life laser tag and lightsaber takedowns. This is no Doom in regards to realistic violence or over-the-top grisliness. But no matter how you look at it, Battlefront II is still all about "kill or be killed."

Mirroring the movies' story line, there's also a little deception thrown into the game. In the "Rise of the Empire Campaign" you play a trooper clone who goes from just another soldier to Darth Vader's personal guard. That transformation includes lying to the Jedi council you once served and eventually turning your back on them—and slaughtering a temple full of Jedi youngsters. (Just like Anakin did in Sith.)

Clearly, "awe-inspiring scope and detail" isn't enough of a reason to give a game a free pass. Neither is a T rating. Discernment should always be a player's first thought. And since Star Wars has never been easy to categorize as "good" or "bad," real work is required to make decisions about whether this is a battle worth fighting—again.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements


Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews



Readability Age Range







Record Label


Xbox, PlayStation 2, PC, PSP




On Video

Year Published



Marcus Yoars David Himes

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!