What happens when an arrogant sports-fanatic
, a socially-clueless but intelligent dork
, an anti-social, sarcastic emo
and a food-obsessed popular kid
find themselves lost together in a world where no one knows who they are? Worse, that world is their own hometown, but everything is just slightly
different, including the fact that there's no record they exist?
That's Nowhere Boys
, a show about what happens when four schoolkids with nothing in common are thrown together, after an accident on a school excursion in the Australian bush. When Jake, Andy, Felix and Sam find their way back into town, they are forced to solve the weird mystery about their seeming erasure from existence. Like a fun version of The Breakfast Club
with a distinct sci-fi flavour, it is a show distinguished by great character development and clever dialogue pulled-off by strong young actors.
The first season was accompanied by an online game Nowhere Boys: The 5th Boy.
In it, you play as a boy separated from his father while lost in the bush, who wakes up and finds himself in a mysterious realm with some similarities to the location of the series. He is attacked by a mysterious entity called The Darkness, who seeks to destroy him because "order must be restored"
, and guided by a voice claiming also to be trapped there.
Nowhere Boys provides examples of:
Nowhere Boys: The 5th Boy provides examples of:
- All There in the Manual: This game explains why Roland lives in the forest. He is the 5th Boy's father, and has been searching for him there since he disappeared.
- Evil All Along: the voice guiding our protagonist, aka. Alice, takes the talisman from the 5th Boy and uses it to get home, but refuses to help him get home, just so no-one can have as much power as her.
- The Faceless: In the in-game graphics, the protagonist's face is obscured by the shadow of his hoodie. In the live-action segments, they're either shot from his point of view, or only feature him from behind.
- For Want of a Nail: In the universe where the Nowhere Boys do exist, the 5th Boy asked Andy for directions which got him and his father out of the forest unharmed. In the universe where they don't, he and his father make a wrong turn without Andy's advice, run out of petrol, and the 5th Boy can't get a signal while trying to call for road assistance. While looking for one, he falls down the same cliff the boys did, and disappears into the space between dimensions.