History Series / TheBoxOfDelights

2nd Jan '15 8:20:38 PM PaulA
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* TheCavalryArrivesLate: In the final episode, the police decide that there might after all be something to what Kay's been trying to tell them all along, and come to investigate the bad guys, too late to play any role in Abner's downfall (although they do provide appropriate help and hindrance, respectively, to fleeing hostages and henchmen).



* PoliceAreUseless: Kay frequently attempts to report the villains to the local police inspector, never to any useful effect; the inspector is easily taken in by the villain's masquerade of respectability. After one attempt, a frustrated Maria suggests that they phone Scotland Yard, but Scotland Yard just refers them back to their local police. The chief constable eventually decides that Kay's story might be worth investigating, but even so the police only show up in time to help mop up after the day has already been saved.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Kay frequently attempts to report the villains to the local police inspector, never to any useful effect; the inspector is easily taken in by the villain's masquerade of respectability. After one attempt, a frustrated Maria suggests that they phone Scotland Yard, but Scotland Yard just refers them back to their local police. The chief constable eventually decides that Kay's story might be worth investigating, but even so the police [[TheCavalryArrivesLate only show up in time to help mop up after the day has already been saved.saved]].
24th Dec '14 8:07:46 PM PaulA
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* StrangePondWoman: Male version with the boy under the waterfall
24th Dec '14 8:06:02 PM PaulA
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When he gets back home he finds himself landed with the Jones Children who have been abandoned by their parents, and later the nefarious Abner Brown who wants to find Hawlins and steal his Box of Delights. Fortunately Hawlings escapes into a painting on a donkey, meets Kay in a dream and gives him the box. But all is still not well.

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When he gets back home he finds himself landed with the Jones Children who have been abandoned by their parents, and later the nefarious Abner Brown who wants to find Hawlins Hawlings and steal his Box of Delights. Fortunately Hawlings escapes into a painting on a donkey, meets Kay in a dream and gives him the box. But all is still not well.



* BastardUnderstudy: [[spoiler:Fox-Faced Charles runs off with Abner's loot -- and his wife -- at the end.]]



* ContinuityNod: When Kay and Peter sneak into the grounds of Abner's house in Episode 4, Kay mentions that if it was properly maintained, they'd have seen evidence of a gamekeeper, pheasants or owls by now. In ''The Midnight Folk'', Kay encountered just those things in a wood. The OracularHead that Abner consults also made an appearance in ''The Midnight Folk''.

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* ContinuityNod: When Kay and Peter sneak into the grounds of Abner's house in Episode 4, Kay mentions that if it was properly maintained, they'd have seen evidence of a gamekeeper, pheasants or owls by now. In ''The Midnight Folk'', ''Literature/TheMidnightFolk'', Kay encountered just those things in a wood. The OracularHead that Abner consults also made an appearance in ''The Midnight Folk''.



* DeceptiveDisciple: [[spoiler: Foxy Charles]]



* FiveManBand



* FunnyAnimal: Rat, Mouse, The Wolves in one scene, The Pirates... Considering his view of Rat, Abner seems to be part of the FurryFandom.

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* FunnyAnimal: Rat, Mouse, The Wolves in one scene, The Pirates... Considering his view of Rat, Abner seems to be part of the FurryFandom.Pirate Rats.



* LargeHam: Abner, Abner- "WHERE IS THE BOX?"

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* LargeHam: LargeHam:
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Abner, Abner- "WHERE IS THE BOX?"



* PoliceAreUseless: Kay frequently attempts to report the villains to the local police inspector, never to any useful effect; the inspector is easily taken in by the villain's masquerade of respectability. After one attempt, a frustrated Maria suggests that they phone Scotland Yard, but Scotland Yard just refers them back to their local police.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Kay frequently attempts to report the villains to the local police inspector, never to any useful effect; the inspector is easily taken in by the villain's masquerade of respectability. After one attempt, a frustrated Maria suggests that they phone Scotland Yard, but Scotland Yard just refers them back to their local police. The chief constable eventually decides that Kay's story might be worth investigating, but even so the police only show up in time to help mop up after the day has already been saved.



* RansackedRoom

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* RansackedRoomRansackedRoom: The children return from playing by the river to find that the house has been ransacked by the villains searching for the Box.



* TotallyRadical: They have their whole own dialect

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* TotallyRadical: They The children have their whole own dialectdialect.
24th Dec '14 7:57:51 PM PaulA
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* CluelessDetective



* DotingParent: HA. NO.
24th Dec '14 7:57:08 PM PaulA
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* ChurchMilitant: Abner. Sort of.



* DarkMessiah: Abner, arguably
24th Dec '14 7:54:23 PM PaulA
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* TheDogBitesBack: As Abner's minions mock him before fleeing with his loot, Joe caps it off by [[MinionWithAnFInEvil dropping a flour bomb on him]], knocking him off the wall to his apparent death.


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* DrowningPit: Abner's dungeon is designed with a mechanism to flood it with water from the lake above; he triggers it in the last episode.


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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Abner responds to Joe's hesitancy about kidnapping the clergymen by locking him in the dungeon and leaving him to die. When Joe gets out, he sets about releasing all the prisoners, and gets in a TheDogBitesBack moment before leaving.


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* SynchroVox: Used to animate the OracularHead.
21st Dec '14 7:54:39 PM PaulA
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* CastsNoShadow: Kay, when he travels to the past to find Arnold of Todi. (Although there are moments when his shadow isn't as invisible as it's supposed to be.) It seems to be an inherent effect of travelling to the past; Master Arnold, when he catches up to him, doesn't have a shadow either.



* {{Greed}}: Abner's downfall. In the penultimate episode, there's a moment when he considers calling a day and retiring comfortably with the loot he already has stashed away, but when it comes to it he can't resist the temptation of getting hold of the Box too.



* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Chubby Joe is crooked, but doesn't have the imagination to be really evil; when he's given access to one of Abner Brown's oracles, the best use he can think of for it is to ask for racing tips. And while he has no issues with burglary, bank robbery, and a reasonable amount of kidnapping, his conscience gives him trouble about scrobbling clergymen, particularly at Christmas time.



* PoliceAreUseless: Kay frequently attempts to report the villains to the local police inspector, never to any useful effect. After one attempt, a frustrated Maria suggests that they phone Scotland Yard, but Scotland Yard just refers them back to their local police.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Kay frequently attempts to report the villains to the local police inspector, never to any useful effect.effect; the inspector is easily taken in by the villain's masquerade of respectability. After one attempt, a frustrated Maria suggests that they phone Scotland Yard, but Scotland Yard just refers them back to their local police.



* PortalToThePast: The Box can be used as one, but there's a risk of becoming stranded in the past if the Box is disturbed before the traveller returns.

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* PortalToThePast: The Box can be used as one, but there's a risk no guarantee of becoming stranded in the past if being able to return. The creator of the Box is disturbed before said to have become trapped that way, although [[spoiler:when Kay meets him, he says he stranded himself deliberately because he had become tired of the traveller returns.present]].
21st Dec '14 8:01:56 AM PaulA
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* BadHabits: In public Abner Brown disguises himself as a doctor of divinity, and his henchmen as curates.
* BagOfKidnapping: Used on Maria at the end of her kidnapping, when the kidnappers decide to let her go, so she can't see where she was being held.



* CrystalBall: Abner Brown has one in his study, concealed inside an atlas globe.



* FlyingCar: The "caroplane-aeroplane" which the villains get about in.



* InevitableWaterfall: While the children are shrunk down and sailing down the river on a toy boat, they have to shoot some rapids.



* PoliceAreUseless: Kay frequently attempts to report the villains to the local police inspector, never to any useful effect. After one attempt, a frustrated Maria suggests that they phone Scotland Yard, but Scotland Yard just refers them back to their local police.



* PortalToThePast: The Box can be used as one, but there's a risk of becoming stranded in the past if the Box is disturbed before the traveller returns.



* SinisterMinister: Abner Brown
4th Dec '14 2:46:03 AM RegShoe
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* MundaneMadeAwesome: For all the fuss that is made of the posset, it really adds nothing at all to the story.
28th Nov '14 11:53:15 PM PaulA
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* BloodlessCarnage: In a scene where several people with swords are fighting off wolves, the wolves are never onscreen during or after being hit with a sword, and the swords never get any blood on them.


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* OrWasItADream: After a midnight adventure in which he fights off wolves with a sword and Cole Hawlings entrusts him with the magical Box, Kay wakes up in his bed and thinks he dreamed it until he realises he still has the Box.
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