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: The Series
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.
- 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.
- Ambiguous Disorder: According to the Christmas Episode "The No Ones" (and Word of God), Watch is a high-functioning autistic (he mentions to the interdimensional alien girl that people who don't understand him are quick to place him somewhere on the autism scale 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
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sally
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- New Transfer Student: Ann transfers to Lizzie Borden High School in Flowers of Evil.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 discreetly 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.