History Series / Ghostwriter

16th Jan '16 12:14:20 PM Anddrix
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* ViewersAreMorons: What seemed to be the basis of many plot points/storytelling tactics.
11th Jan '16 10:01:26 AM Classified
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* ForgottenPhlebotinum: Ghostwriter moves and rearranges existing letters to communicate. The team frequently has to guess at the gaps in his messages. And then in ''Who Is Max Mouse?'', [[HauntedTechnology he possesses a computer]], and in addition to [[TelephoneTeleport surfing the 'Net]], he ''gains the ability to write complete sentences '''at will'''''. Guess how many more times this comes up in the series.
5th Dec '15 3:06:40 PM nombretomado
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-->'''Gooey Gus''': [[SesameStreet "It's not easy being purple!"]]
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-->'''Gooey Gus''': [[SesameStreet [[Series/SesameStreet "It's not easy being purple!"]]
21st Nov '15 1:51:36 PM ladyofthelibrary
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* TheUnreveal: Ghostwriter's identity. Though WordOfGod can point out that ghostwriter could be the ghost of [[spoiler: Jamal's great-grandfather Ezra]].
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* TheUnreveal: Ghostwriter's identity. Though WordOfGod can point out that ghostwriter Ghostwriter could be the ghost of [[spoiler: Jamal's great-grandfather Ezra]].
12th Oct '15 4:05:49 AM WillBGood
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* ShellShockedSenior: Rob's homeless friend Double T is strongly hinted to have PTSD from his time in the Vietnam War.
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* ShellShockedSenior: ShellShockedVeteran: Rob's homeless friend Double T is strongly hinted to have PTSD from his time in the Vietnam War.
19th Aug '15 12:11:31 PM Robertertert
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Surreal, quirky mystery/educational series created by Sesame Workshop and aired on Creator/{{PBS}} and Creator/TheBBC from 1992-1995. A group of middle-school kids in [[BigApplesauce Brooklyn, New York]] are the only ones who can see a benevolent, [[GhostAmnesia amnesiac ghost]], whom they dub Ghostwriter. He can only see and communicate through writing, and uses his abilities to help the kids solve mysteries. The show never made it clear who Ghostwriter was, or why he chooses to help people. Although some episodes implied that the ghost retained more memories than he claimed to, Ghostwriter's true identity was never revealed. (That is, until [[WordOfGod a 2010 interview]] revealed that he was a runaway slave that was killed while teaching other runaway slaves how to read.)
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Surreal, quirky mystery/educational series created by Sesame Workshop and aired on Creator/{{PBS}} and Creator/TheBBC from 1992-1995. A group of middle-school kids in [[BigApplesauce Brooklyn, New York]] are the only ones who can see a benevolent, [[GhostAmnesia amnesiac ghost]], whom they dub Ghostwriter. He can only see and communicate through writing, and uses his abilities to help the kids solve mysteries. The show never made it clear who Ghostwriter was, or why he chooses to help people. Although some episodes implied that the ghost retained more memories than he claimed to, Ghostwriter's true identity was never revealed. (That is, until [[WordOfGod a 2010 interview]] revealed that he was [[spoiler: a runaway slave that was killed while teaching other runaway slaves how to read.) ]])
4th Apr '15 7:14:42 PM NobleSpirit
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Surreal, quirky mystery/educational series on Creator/{{PBS}} and Creator/TheBBC from 1992-1995. A group of middle-school kids in Brooklyn, New York are the only ones who can see a benevolent, [[GhostAmnesia amnesiac ghost]], whom they dub Ghostwriter. He can only see and communicate through writing, and he uses his abilities to help the kids solve mysteries. The show never made it clear who Ghostwriter was, or why he chooses to help people. Although some episodes implied that the ghost retained more memories than he claimed to, Ghostwriter's true identity was never revealed. (That is, until [[WordOfGod a 2010 interview]] revealed that he was a runaway slave that was killed while teaching other runaway slaves how to read.) His abilities, by contrast, [[FunctionalMagic were extremely well-defined]]. For example, when the kids take a comic book as evidence, Ghostwriter can't see anything in it except the speech balloons. His spying often made the perp obvious very quickly, but the kids then had to find other evidence that would be admissible in court -- with a few exceptions. Each mystery was a four-part episode, except for the premiere and "To The Light," which were five-parters. Presumably because of PBS censorship codes, [[GoryDiscretionShot almost all violence on the show happened off-camera]]. This made the show painfully slow and talky most of the time. But some scenes were truly scary nail-biters. For instance, in the "Who Is Max Mouse?" climax, the only chance the heroes had to solve the case was making a high-stakes bet with the perp, and losing it would result in a guaranteed prison term for one of the kids. In an equally scary arc, one of the kids suffered chemical poisoning from improperly discarded dry-cleaning chemicals near a playground that the characters frequently visited and her friends discover in their research that the effects of this poison are potentially lethal. The villains ranged from eccentrics to raving nutcases, and were fascinating -- too much so, as [[FlatCharacter they made the heroes look bland]]. Some episodes managed elaborate mysteries without any villain at all. Not recommended for anyone over the age of twelve, but worth seeing just for how the writers managed to come up with tension without much on-screen violence or if you grew up with the show and see well it was back then to now. And keep an eye out for [[SpecialGuest Julia Stiles, Samuel L. Jackson, and Spike Lee in guest roles]].
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Surreal, quirky mystery/educational series created by Sesame Workshop and aired on Creator/{{PBS}} and Creator/TheBBC from 1992-1995. A group of middle-school kids in [[BigApplesauce Brooklyn, New York York]] are the only ones who can see a benevolent, [[GhostAmnesia amnesiac ghost]], whom they dub Ghostwriter. He can only see and communicate through writing, and he uses his abilities to help the kids solve mysteries. The show never made it clear who Ghostwriter was, or why he chooses to help people. Although some episodes implied that the ghost retained more memories than he claimed to, Ghostwriter's true identity was never revealed. (That is, until [[WordOfGod a 2010 interview]] revealed that he was a runaway slave that was killed while teaching other runaway slaves how to read.) His abilities, by contrast, [[FunctionalMagic were extremely well-defined]]. For example, when the kids take a comic book as evidence, Ghostwriter can't see anything in it except the speech balloons. His spying often made the perp obvious very quickly, but the kids then had to find other evidence that would be admissible in court -- with a few exceptions. Each mystery was a four-part episode, except for the premiere "Ghost Story" and "To The Light," which were five-parters. Presumably because of PBS censorship codes, [[GoryDiscretionShot almost all violence on the show happened off-camera]]. This made the show painfully slow and talky most of the time. But time, but some scenes were truly scary nail-biters. For instance, in the "Who Is Max Mouse?" climax, the only chance the heroes had to solve the case was making a high-stakes bet with the perp, and losing it would result in a guaranteed prison term for one of the kids. In an equally scary arc, one of the kids suffered chemical poisoning from improperly discarded dry-cleaning chemicals near a playground that the characters frequently visited and her friends discover in their research that the effects of this poison are potentially lethal. The villains ranged from eccentrics to raving nutcases, and were fascinating -- too much so, as [[FlatCharacter they made the heroes look bland]]. Some episodes managed elaborate mysteries without any villain at all. Not recommended for anyone over the age of twelve, but worth seeing just for how the writers managed to come up with create tension without much on-screen violence or if you grew up with the show and see well it was back then to now. And keep an eye out for [[SpecialGuest Julia Stiles, Samuel L. Jackson, and Spike Lee in guest roles]]. now.

Produced by Sesame Workshop.
4th Apr '15 7:07:14 PM NobleSpirit
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* VerySpecialEpisode: The episode "What's Up With Alex?" centered on Alex being accused of [[DrugsAreBad: smoking marijuana]] by his father. It even aired with a warning that the episode would deal with issues that kids would need to ask their parents about for more information when it first aired on PBS. It never re-aired on Noggin.
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* VerySpecialEpisode: The episode "What's Up With Alex?" centered on Alex being accused of [[DrugsAreBad: [[DrugsAreBad smoking marijuana]] by his father. It even aired with a warning that the episode would deal with issues that kids would need to ask their parents about for more information when it first aired on PBS. It never re-aired on Noggin.
4th Apr '15 5:10:58 PM NobleSpirit
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-------- ->''"Ghostwriter. What a trip!"'' -->-- '''Alejandro "Alex" Fernandez''', ''Ghost Story''
4th Apr '15 5:04:29 PM NobleSpirit
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* ChekhovsGunman: Tina was around in the first arc, but didn't see Ghostwriter until the second. ** Rob is one as well in "To Catch a Creep". [[spoiler: He is a suspect, but ultimately helps the team take down the culprit by getting information for a fake blackmail.]]
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* ChekhovsGunman: Tina ChekhovsGunman: **Tina was around in the first arc, arc as Gaby's friend, but didn't see Ghostwriter until the second. ** Rob is one as well in "To Catch a Creep". [[spoiler: He is a suspect, but ultimately helps [[spoiler:helps the team take down the culprit by getting information for a fake blackmail.]]
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