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From left to right: Lucy Condon, Boris Walleyska, Cameron Turner, and Pierce Rockwell.Alien Dawn
is a sci-fi/mystery
series that premiered on Nicktoons
in late February 2013, serving as their first original live-action series.
The story revolves around Cameron Turner, the son of an astronaut who disappeared two months prior to the start of the show, after a mission to stop an asteroid that was headed for Earth. Cameron's dad was also a comic book artist, producing his own line of comic books, the only one not mass produced was named Mission: Dawn
, a comic sought out by many people. When the police stop looking for his missing father, Cameron decides it's time to do his own investigating. With the help of his eccentric best friend Boris Walleyska, they start to uncover much more than they bargained for, finding themselves caught in the middle of a massive conspiracy with Mission: Dawn
as their only guide.
This work provides examples of the following tropes:
- Alien Autopsy
- Bedlam House: Olivine House.
- Big Applesauce
- Big Red Button: While shuffling around in the dark, half-blinded by his new experimental goggles, Boris runs palms-first into a Big Red Button that promptly sounded a Red Alert.
- Blond Guys Are Jerks: Applies to Pierce.
- Clock King: Cameron shows shades of this. Specifically, in "The Compound pt.2", when they're breaking into Condon Aerospace (again) he knows exactly when the guards are supposed to come around and is very surprised when he finds out that there's no one at all in the building.
- Cloudcuckoo Lander: Robert Higgins, whom refers to the advanced atmospheric monitor system that he made as his "Bobo", generally confusing everyone.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Rock & Roll know a lot about the resident conspiracies involving the Condons and Brady Turner. Being friends with them, Boris also knows a bit about these conspiracies too.
- Cool Board: Nearly all the kids in the main cast can skateboard.
- Deadpan Snarker: Cameron.
- Disappeared Dad: Brady Turner.
- Ditzy Genius: Boris.
- Enhance Button: When searching for clues as to who chased Lucy down the street in a van, Rock & Roll take some CCTV footage and use an "enhance button" on a photo of the license plate. You know, just the standard fare.
- Extraverted Nerd: Boris tends to be both very nerdy, very awkward, and much more extroverted than Cameron.
- Fan Boy: Rock & Roll are both die-hard fans of Brady Turner's comic series, and by extension are always extremely excited when Cameron comes around to The Crater. This also applies to their reaction to Lucy (with a dash of fear), who is the daughter of the main player in one of their biggest conspiracies.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: Mainly, Energy Weapons. Guns don't exist and police tend to use night-sticks.
- Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: None of the characters go even one scene on a skateboard without putting their helmets on.
- Five-Man Band:
- Frickin' Laser Beams
- Glowing Eyes: For Cameron when his biotic-like powers activate.
- Great Big Book of Everything: Mission: Dawn. Written by the protagonist's Disappeared Dad, any cryptic, plot-related thing can be found in the book, if you can decipher it. It even foretold Lucy leaking the Tunguska mission files to the media, which makes one wonder how Brady Turner even knew that such a Wildcard thing was going to happen in the first place...
- Heroic Sacrifice: Pierce and Mr. Condon.
- Hypno Trinket: A circular pin-like trinket with a green stone in the center that Black Dawn often uses to knock out, brainwash, or erase memories from it's targets.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Government mooks, aliens, security guards... Anyone with any kind of laser gun wouldn't be able to hit the broad side of a barn if they were two feet in front of it.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Lucy can't remember her time in Orion Academy.
- Le Parkour: Cameron seems to be able to surmount all kinds of obstacles in his path, scaling walls, and getting to and from high windows with a little effort.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Pierce. Lampshaded by Cameron:
- Messy Hair: Pierce's hair falls into this on many occasions.
- Mind over Matter: The aliens appear to have some kind of glowy telekinetic abilities, including trapping humans in some sort of bubble force field suspended in midair.
- Similarly, when Cameron gets really desperate/ stressed out (as in when he and Boris are in mortal danger from a group of aliens or when Lucy is about to be subjected to dire hypnosis,) he demonstrates a similar psychic ability to knock whole groups of people over. This comes with glowing green eyes and a green light effect that looks like something out of Mass Effect.
- More than Meets the Eye: Most of the cast know Pierce as Cameron and Boris' rival who likes to vie for Lucy's attention. In reality, he's an android tasked by Lucy's father to watch and protect her while also keeping tabs on Brady Turner's son.
- Mysterious Stranger: The Pied Piper. No one's sure who's side he's on exactly.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: Black Dawn.
- No Sense of Personal Space: When in bully mode, Pierce has no qualms what-so-ever getting right up in people's spaces. This clashes directly with Cameron's wholly unperturbed attitude towards his antagonism.
- Outrun the Fireball
- Photographic Memory: Cameron has the ability to recall every detail from Mission Dawn and can relate those cryptic pages to what's happening in front of him. The most notable moment of this is when he remembered the minuscule details from one of the pages to help figure out the password to his father's old storage room.
- The Rival: Pierce to Cameron, initially.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Boris, much to the dismay of everybody when the group is trying to sneak into the school at night.
- The Schizophrenia Conspiracy: The function of the Olivine House, which is run by Black Dawn, is to make it's inhabitants forget about the alien conspiracy-related things they saw and make them appear more schizophrenic than anything.
- Secret Underground Passage: Cameron finds one in the bottom of his dad's trunk in his old workshop. Naturally, it leads to a Tunnel Network.
- She Is All Grown Up: Lucy. Cameron and Boris were friends with her when they were younger, but now that she's older, Cameron in particular notices his romantic feelings towards her.
- Shipper on Deck: Boris loves to point out any kind of romantic connection he sees Cameron in, whether it be Stella or Lucy.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: Sometimes Cameron has odd 'visions' of being strapped to one.
- There Are No Therapists: Inverted and used by Black Dawn to institutionalize perfectly sane people.
- Time Bomb: One of these is left in Condon Aerospace in "The Compound pt.2, which leads to an Outrun the Fireball moment for Cameron, Boris and Lucy.
- The Tunguska Event: Heavily referenced throughout the show, from the actual 1908 event to the popular in-universe comic book series.
- Tunnel Network: The vast system of tunnels connecting all of the meteor impact sites that are scattered throughout New York.
- Turn Out Like His Father: Cameron's mother is afraid that he'll take on the negative traits of his father, mentioning to his psychiatrist that the 'paranoia' she saw in her husband appears mirrored in her son.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: Far enough into the future that near-Earth space travel isn't much of a hassle, laser weapons are standard-issue, human-like androids (complete with sentience) exist, as well as malevolently constructed heat-irradiating buildings. At the very least, the show is set sixteen years in the future, but it's likely to be a decent deal more than that.
- Victimized Bystander: (Type I) Shane, who would hang out at The Crater, host contests, and was an all-around Nice Guy, ended up getting abducted at a rave and sent to Orion Academy for probable brainwashing.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: This seems to apply to some of the more rounded aliens and also to Pierce when he's revealed to be an android.
- Wildcard: Lucy. No one, not ever herself, is certain of her motives.