Canadian series, also called Strange Days at Blake Holsey High (in Canada and in the USA for reruns on The N), which ran for just over three seasons via the Jetix programming block. The series also aired on Discovery Kids and on Global TV in Canada, and still airs on ABC3 in Australia. The series lasted from October, 2002 to January, 2006. A total of 42 episodes.Years earlier, an accident at nearby Pearadyne labs resulted in a black hole (sometimes described instead as a wormhole) opening up in the science teacher's office at Blake Holsey High. When said hole eats the science teacher, Professor Noel Zachary replaces him, and becomes mentor to the school's science club, who proceed to investigate the strange goings-on at their school.The club, a Five-Man Band consisting of four scientifically gifted students and the son of Pearadyne owner Victor Pearson, experience random mysterious phenomena which are presented in the guise of science as they try to uncover the secrets behind the strangeness.To a fairly large extent, Black Hole High is simply Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the word "supernatural" crossed out and "science" pencilled in (though with the nonviolent and nonsexual baggage implied by its younger target audience). The second episode, "Invisible", for example, is a near-identical copy of the Buffy episode "Invisible Girl", the key difference being that, rather than attributing a character's disappearance to magic, the nearby black hole caused it to be entirely scientifically plausible that Marshall would, as a result of feeling unnoticed, lose his ability to interact with light.The show uses emotional states as a metaphor for physical states, leading some people to believe that the recurring theme of the show is that, near a black hole, one's emotional state and social interactions can reshape the laws of physics, essentially, trying to make science interesting to kids by flat out contradicting how science actually works.In addition to the weekly anomalies, the show was built around a series-long arc involving Victor Pearson's attempts to recreate Pearadyne Labs, and the club's attempts to work out the sinister implications therein. Pearson serves as the antagonist for most of the series, revealing only at the end that, while a bit ruthless, his motivations were ultimately noble.The series shares a number of actors with Disney-produced shows of the same time period, and bears a significant structural similarity to So Weird. Henry Winkler served as an executive producer and consultant on both. Stars pretty much the same cast as The Zack Files, another Canadian paranormal live-action kid's show.
Bizarro Universe — "Hemispheres", the world at the other side of the mirror Corrine goes through.
Book Dumb — Vaughn, though this could be due in part to his Dyslexia. And by the end of the series, he seems to have come into his own intelligence wise. Also applies to Stu Kubiak; though even he had some rare bouts of brilliance. Mostly when it involved his pet chameleon.
Everyone Can See It — The growing attraction between Marshall and Corrine, and the UST between Josie and Vaughn. Even though neither of these couples really dated formally, everyone assumed they were. This is lampshaded by Marshall's friends in the epsidoe "Friction."
Flowers for Algernon Syndrome — The premise behind the episode "Transference"; the vortex causes Vaughn to suck more intelligence from Josie, leaving him with the ability to build a cold fusion reactor while Josie barely has enough brain power to stay awake. In the end, a kiss snaps everything back to normal.
For Want of a Nail: "Fate": Taking his mother's hairclip in the past prevents Vaughn's parents from getting together, erasing his existence, uncreating Pearadyne Labs, and, for some reason, turning Professor Z into a pizza boy.
Professor Z had a Pearadyne labs scholarship, without it: pizza boy.
Perhaps a bit of a subversion, as it later turns out that, while the hairclip was involved, the real catalyst for both Vaughn's parents getting together, the creation of Pearadyne labs, and the black hole, was Victor stealing the Qi Gong ball when Josie returned to the past to replace the hairclip.
Freaky Friday — "Brainwaves", where Lucas and Vaughn switch mental states.
Graduation For Everyone — Averted. Though most of the main cast did graduate, Josie—who had been missing for over a year—mentions that she has to take summer school because, unlike the rest of them, she didn't finish high school.
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time — "Radio", "Robot", "Technology". Using leftover Peardyne phlebotinum in an electronics project and have it result in the device developing mysterious supernaturalscientific powers once can be counted an accident. By the third time, it seems like carelessness.
It Was a Gift — Professor Z apparently owns a polka CD. He suggests using it to rid the school of rapidly multiplying sponges in "Ecosystem", to the confused expressions of Marshall and Lucas.
Jerk Jock — Vaughn started out as this, but then the trope right below this one happened. Stu, on the other hand....
Living Aphrodisiac — the protaganist in "Allure." The wormhole turns Corrine's Venus Fly Trap into a teenage girl...who quickly gathers the attention of all of the boys in school. Unfortunately, her motives aren't to date the boys but to eat them for lunch.
No Export for You — A DVD set of the first season was going to be released in the U.K. ONLY.... but then the trope was averted when the release was canceled without any explanation whatsoever, turning this instead into a case of Keep Circulating the Tapes.
One-Letter Name — The kids call Professor Zachary "Professor Z." Or, in some cases, just "Z." He doesn't seem to mind or even notice.
Real Life Writes the Plot — After the end of the third season, Fireworks Studios, who produced the show and provided its lifeline, closed down with short notice, and only left enough time for the crew to create a three episode-long finale, rather than the fourth and fifth seasons that were planned.
Retcon — The final episode of Season 3 shows Josie arriving at a shuttered and abandoned Blake Holsey High with the war-torn ruins of a futuristic city in the background, the implication being that she's traveled to an After the End future. The finale miniseries repeats the shot, but the city in the distance is gone, and it's later explained that she was shunted into some sort of pocket universe to protect the timeline from her meddling.
Shirtless Scene: Vaugn gets one (much to Josie's surprise) when Josie knocks on his door in the middle of the night in "Nocturnal."
Shout-Out — Marshall's last name is Wheeler. This is most likely a shout out, considering the fact that John Archibald Wheeler is the man who coined the terms "Black Hole" and "Wormhole". Victor Pearson may also be a reference to Victor Popov, and though a long shot, Vaughn may be a reference to the name Sean, since Robert Clark's (the actor who played Vaughn) brother is Daniel Clark, who played Sean on Degrassi.
In "Stopwatch", Josie 's watch slows time almost to a stand still. It also appears the Josie Clone has this same ability.
Used in a way in "Equations". Corinne's wormhole affected equation allowed her to effectively travel so fast that time is virtually stopped.
Timey-Wimey Ball — Literally. Josie takes a Qi Gong ball through the wormhole, which somehow negates its gravitational field. While time traveling, she loses the ball to a young Victor Pearson, who uses it as the basis for the original Pearadyne experiment which created the wormhole in the first place.
Too Dumb to Live — Marshall is stunningly incautious for someone who knows about all the weird things going on.
Tough Love — Vaughn's father borders on this with Parental Neglect. He expects his son to carry on with his work, but shows no interest in him unless he's done something very right or messed up his plans. Vaughn is constantly trying to seek the approval of his father and never gets it.
Two-Teacher School — Again, literally. The only teachers we see are the science teachers- one of whom only appears in two episodes. In fact, it would seem the only other faculty at the school are A) Principal Durst, B) The Janitor, and C) The Lunch Lady.
UST — Vaughn and Josie (though Fanon would have you believe they had sex at some point), as well as when Vaughn and Corrine get stuck to each other in "Friction". Heck, even the title admits it.
Whole Plot Reference — "Invisible" references the Buffy episode "Invisible Girl", "Thursday" is a take off on Groundhog Day, "Pheromones" is a take off on Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and "Probability" is a take off on the short story Behind the News, the latter two listed both being (originally, anyway) stories written by Jack Finney.