Season 1 Episode 26

The Price

Aired Weekdays 3:30 PM Oct 22, 1987 on

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  • A "very special episode" that does not sugar coat the social problem, drug addiction, and offers a good storyline so that the episode does not simply fall back on the message.

    It is difficult for American animated shows -- directed at kids or youth -- to seriously deal with contemporary social problems or injustices, due to a desire to avoid alienating or offending parents or possible sponsors.

    Yet, Bravestar was one of the few 1980s American action packed animated shows that attempted to deal with important and relevent issues such as prerjudice and, in this case, drug abuse and addiction. The Price, being death, has a good-natured young boy becoming addicted to a illict drug, from a shady dealer, and eventually, after becoming a thief, overdoses. The episode does not sugercoat the issue, actually has a significant secondary character -- a child no less -- and ends with a direct message to kids to just say, "No'.