Series / Spooksville
is an action/adventure series on The Hub
. Based on the book series by acclaimed author Christopher Pike, the new kid in town discovers that he holds the key to a battle between good and evil that has been taking place for centuries in a bizarre small town that plays host to a wide array of supernatural and unexplained occurrences. It has a running arc of Adam trying to find his long-lost mother and her whereabouts during her disappearance, but, for the most part, the show plays out like Eerie Indiana
(or So Weird
minus the traveling musician angle and mixed with Eerie Indiana
The series premiered on October 26, 2013, and is made by the same people behind The Haunting Hour
. Because of The Hub's change to Discovery Family and the fact that The Haunting Hour
has been canceled, it's safe to assume that this show is not coming back.
Spooksville provides examples of:
- Adaptation Distillation: The show takes the concept of kids investigating weird things going on in their town, but ages the protagonists up into teenagers while aging down the Ann Templeton character from a mysterious adult to a teenager with an interest in Adam.
- Adults Are Useless: The adults on the show are usually blind to the weird goings on. Any time they are directly exposed to it they rationalize it away. The one exception, a former vampire hunter, refuses to get involved or help the kids.
- Agent Mulder: Watch and Sally. Played with in Watch's case, as although he believes in the paranormal, he is very rational and even skeptical at times. In other words, he's an Agent Mulder who doesn't believe in If Jesus, Then Aliens.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: In Stone, Adam wakes up in a reality where he's captain of the football team and Sally is head cheerleader. The two of them had apparently dated until Adam broke up with her and started going out with Ann. To add insult to injury, he did this right before the school's Spring Fling. Sally was... not amused.
- Ambiguous Disorder: According to the Christmas Episode "The No Ones" (and Word of God), Watch is autistic (he mentions to the interdimensional alien girl that people who don't understand him are quick to place him somewhere on the autism spectrum and he apologizes to his mom for the way he acts sometimes, implying that it's been a problem for him for a long time), though the only signs of his autism is his obsession with science and technology and being unable to interact with others, which are actually all the classic traits of a Hollywood Nerd.
- Ambiguously Evil: Ann Templeton
- Ambiguously Gay: Sally Wilcox is probably intended to be read as heterosexual, but her overstated interest in Adam comes off as bordering on beardly, and combined with her skill in field hockey, her frequent tendency to wax poetic about how much she just hates Ann, and an entire episode (s1e6) about her being literally trapped in the closet until she confesses an aspect of herself she's been trying to keep hidden... well. It's up to viewer interpretation.
- Becoming the Costume: In the Halloween Episode.
- Broken Masquerade: Brutally deconstructed in The Wishing Stone, when Adam's dad learns of Springsville's paranormal activity, and almost immediately decides to take Adam and get the hell out of Dodge. In the end, Adam uses the wishing stone to turn everything back to normal and make it so that way the trio never finds the stone.
- Catchphrase: Sally has "What the what?!"
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Ann gets her moments too, like when Sally asks her to "magic us home" in "Phone Fear". She responds thusly:
- Demoted to Extra: Cindy Makey. In the books, she was one of the main characters, but in this series, she's only been a one-shot character so far.
- Double Standard: Stalking, Female After Male: Downplayed; Sally doesn't stalk Adam, but she makes a lot of comments regarding her interest in him, but no one seems at all bothered by it, even though it technically counts as harassment. Word of God, however, says that Adam was pretty bothered by it.
- Even Nerds Have Standards: Even Watch makes fun of Stanley.
- Enemy Mine: Sally and Ann, briefly, in Flowers of Evil.
- Face Heel Revolving Door: Ann
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Spooksville seems to be under constant attack from everything—- alien parasites, witches, vampires, ghosts—- you name it, it's probably been in the town.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Watch
- Held Back in School: In Phone Fear, a school bully implies that it's his seventh time attending a (yearly) school field trip.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: How Adam discovers that he's trapped in a dream world created by Madeline in Stone.
- Magic Knight: Ann Templeton is both a witch and skilled in swordplay.
- Magic Versus Science: Ann Templeton for magic and Watch for Science. Ann embraces magic as something beyond science. Watch views it as "weird science" buried under mumbo jumbo. Both are shown to be correct in different ways. The magic is a form of eldritch energy manipulation that does not work according to the principles of modern science such as words affecting chemical interactions. Watch's refusal to initially recognize this nearly gets Sally killed at one point. Often, the only difference is the terminology and worldview.
- Missing Mom: Adam's mother, who disappeared two years before the events of the series. Adam's search for her makes up a major part of the series' Myth Arc.
- Memory Gambit: Madeline alters her memories to make herself believe that she's Laurel in order to be transported back into her home dimension.
- Na´ve Newcomer: Adam
- Named After Somebody Famous: Well, infamous: The teens attend Lizzie Borden High, named after the Massachusetts woman who used an axe to murder her own parents. The naming subtlety doesn't stop there- before transferring to Lizzie Borden High, Ann attended the Lilith Academy for Young Ladies.
- New Transfer Student: Ann transfers to Lizzie Borden High School in Flowers of Evil.
- Non-Malicious Monster: The cave creature in "The Haunted Cave" didn't actually want to eat anyone, it just couldn't avoid digesting them once they literally climbed into its stomach.
- Only Friend: Before Adam came along, Watch and Sally were each other's only friend, as the other kids shun them due to their interests in the supernatural.
- Our Gnomes Are Weirder: In Gnome Alone, Sally gets attacked by her mother's garden gnomes because she accidentally broke their leader and hid him to avoid getting into trouble.
- Our Vampires Are Different: The vampires in this series have most of the standard weaknesses (garlic/holy water/wooden stake to the heart), though sunlight is a major exception to this.
- Police Are Useless: Officer Dugan, and the entire police force, really. It's the main reason why the fate of the town rests in the hands of teenagers. Hypothesized to either be a spell or a subconscious survival mechanism that causes the police to avoid anything out of the normal.
- It may actually be entirely conscious- in Fathers and Sons, Watch mentions that Springville police protocol is "safety first." The officers' safety, that is.
- Properly Paranoid: Watch and Sally.
- Scary Black Man: Moorpark, Ann Templeton's guardian/mentor.
- Sixth Ranger: As of Phone Fear, Ann seems to more-or-less be accepted as part of the gang now. Turns out to be a Sixth Ranger Traitor. Kind of.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Happens with Sally and Ann every time they have to work together.
- The Smart Guy: Watch
- Town with a Dark Secret: Spooksville
- Wham Episode: The Dark Corner. Adam successfully finds his mother, seemingly achieving the Series Goal in just 11 episodes, though there are still some loose threads about Adam's mother's disappearance that need to be tied up.
- Run. Scratch the above. Turns out that Adam's mother was really Madeline the whole time.
- Weirdness Censor: Everybody in town "knows" that spooky stuff happens in town, but finds ways to either ignore or rationalize it away.
- Wild Card: The best way to describe Ann after the events of Run and Stone.
- Xanatos Gambit: Ann Templeton pulls one off in The Fire Inside. She discretely casts a life-threatening curse on Sally and offers our protagonists a cure in exchange for the Raven's Eye. However, knowing that they would refuse and in fact break into her home to retrieve the cure themselves, she eventually helps them save Sally, all in a ploy to gain their trust and leading them to believe that she's merely an Unwitting Pawn and that Moorpark's the true mastermind. It later comes to question whether the later is a lie or the truth.
- Your Vampires Suck:
Adam: Wait! Vampires don't sparkle
, do they?
- Zombie Apocalypse: In The Dark Corner, the gang and Ann are transported to an alternate dimension Spooksville with most of its inhabitants turned into zombies.