"Let the Farce be with you, Lurker.
" — ERU
"Apophenia - noun. The tendency to see connections where none exist. Did you come here just to make fun of my work?
" — The Question
Debuting in early March '07, this series was introduced on the Trope Vision Network (TVn) to tap into the growing demographic of fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender
, The Lord of the Rings
, Harry Potter
, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
who are pretty sure they can work up an example — somehow, anyhow — of a given trope from their show.note
The show developed an interesting multi-verse through the novel use of a framing device
, in which the intrepid heroes (The "Vamp Benders", among fans) would pass through a Story Gate at the beginning of each episode, landing them in surroundings and situations familiar to television viewers the world over. Classic episodes ("A Three Hour Tour" and "My So-Called Felicity") aired, giving rise to a fan theory
that the Story Gate is in reality a Holodeck
of some sort.
Producers are, of course, keeping mum on the controversy, but promising that all will eventually be revealed.
Though the immensely popular tie-in comics and novels
seem to be leaning in different directions
for the plot line, the series seems to be ignoring both and going along its own line.
See Main Characters
for character information, discussion, etc.
Sue & Fluffykins
Mr Edwin Rupert Udite
|Hero||Avatar McPotter||Clever young man with an amazing ability to construct useful tools out of nothing but bottle caps and baling wire.|
|Lancer||Solo McPotter||Avatar's older brother, the one with the rap-sheet and alcohol issues.|
|Big Guy||Sue||Super-strong body-builder able to break through walls and tell the others to just get on with it.|
|Smart Guy||Nerdly||A plot-savvy guy with a huge store of knowledge. Has a "thing" for Cleo.|
|Chick #1||Cleo||Has a "thing" for Solo, when he is sober, which isn't often. |
Life has been a long series of one wardrobe failure after another for Cleo.
|Chick #2 (later)||Krystal||A tail-less, genetically-modified "catgirl" who recently joined the team.|
|Pet||Fluffykins||Sue's pet kitten. Can transform into various reptilian forms (which have advanced from snake to small dragon), talks, and has psychic abilities most fans would kill for.|
Their mentor was Mr Edwin Rupert Udite, a retired English scientist with a long white beard who mysteriously disappeared, wheelchair and all, several years ago. Every week he sends them self-destructing cryptic messages which inevitably lead to the gang getting tangled up in the Dark Council's latest plot.
The series is currently well into its third season, with many a surprising twist. An episode in the third season resulted in a spin off. Though small at first, the show is slowly building up a separate fan base. Find it below.
For more information on the Dark Council, see Evil Dramatis Personae
The show is actually a Finnish-American co-production, and is unique in that it has three executives for every one writer.
The series has a vast Alternate Reality Game
accessible from its official website
. This game has received criticism from fans that certain parts are impossible without buying the official guide
The TV Tropes Wiki maintains an episode guide for the program. Best fan guide on the web!
This show provides examples of: