Series / The Girl From Tomorrow

Australian series from the early 90s.

Alana is a girl living in the year 3000, whose guardian Tulista is sent on a Time Travel mission to the twenty-sixth century. After realising that Tulista may not even survive the mission, Alana breaks into the time travel facility place (which is never given a proper name), only to see Tulista leave. The Time Capsule returns almost immediately, with a new occupant, Silverthorn, who takes Alana hostage and goes back to the year 1990.

Alana, thinking Silverthorn dead, leaves the capsule and meets up with the Kelly family, who take her in. It doesn't take much convincing for them to realise that Alana is capable of doing some very odd things, and must be returned to the capsule before it automatically returns to the thirty-first century.

But, alas, Silverthorn is really Not Quite Dead, and has used the Capsule's computer to become incredibly dangerous...

The series was followed by Tomorrow's End, in which Alana takes the wounded Jenny Kelly back to the year 3000 to heal her. Then she discovers that she's created a whole new future, and is forced to return Jenny and Silverthorn to their respective centuries... only to discover that this was Silverthorn's plan all along.

This series contains examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: Alana and Tulista. Bruno and Arva. Eddie and Silverthorn. Justified by the vast gulf of time between three cultures.
  • Affably Evil: Silverthorn is a vicious thug from the slums of a Crapsack World, but is capable of being remarkably personable, even charming when he needs to be.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Jenny's little brother Petey.
  • Apocalypse How:
    • Class 5. The destruction of both Peace Platforms destroys the atmosphere of Earth, killing off all life.
    • Before the Nice Job Breaking It, Hero shown in Tomorrow's End, the original apocalypse only destroyed one of the Peace Platforms, devastating the Northern Hemisphere only. Perhaps a Class 2.5
  • After the End: The Year 2500.
  • A Little Something We Call "Rock and Roll": Irene Kelly tells Alana that maybe there are things that she can learn from 1990, in the scene after Jenny Kelly plays her some music on the radio which Alana and they both start dancing in the shop.
  • Arm Cannon: Silverthorn's wrist-mounted jolt gun, before being melted by Transducers.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The people of the thirty-first century use telepathically-controlled "Transducers" to do most things, from the elimination of manual labour to healing wounds to blowing things up.
  • Blasting It out of Their Hands: A variant: instead of using a gun, a Transducer is used to heat the gun up, forcing Silverthorn to drop it.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Silverthorn.
  • Companion Cube: Alana's wrist computer, PJ.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Pretty much all of GlobeCorp, but specifically Draco.
  • Crystal Spires and Togas: The Year 3000, although minus the Crystal Spires.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: When Silverthorn is sent back to the late 20th century with the Capsule, his laser pistol and his knowledge of future events and advanced technology, what does he do with it? Try to conquer the world? Pfft, no he uses records of newspapers from the Capsule's computers to win a fortune on the horse races and sets himself up a life of wealth and comfort in the Sydney suburbs.
  • Eternal English: Not even Just a Stupid Accent
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Amusingly, in the sequel, James describes the time capsule as a decahedron, elaborating that that is a "twelve-sided figure", only to be corrected by the policeman that the word for a twelve-sided figure is dodecahedron. In fact, the time capsule is a rhombicuboctahedron, which has not twelve but twenty-six faces and twenty-four vertices.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water:
    • Alana, Silverthorn, Jenny and later Lorien and Nik
    • Played straight with Alana but subverted with Silverthorn. Though his future is more advanced, it is also resource scarce and largely corrupt. With the time machine's databanks, his own knowledge, and his ruthlessness, he takes to the early 90's like a pirahna in a goldfish bowl.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the climax of Tomorrow's End, Alana and Jenny fly PJ up to the second missile to prevent it from destroying the Peace Platform and killing the other half of the world. Unfortunately PJ ends up frozen to the missile and they can't rescue him before it explodes.
  • Humans Are Psychic in the Future: Alana claims that the Transducers require the use of ESP to function.
  • In the Past, Everyone Will Be Famous: An odd variant since it's only the "past" for Alana and Loriel, but it turns out that Nik's grandmother is Maeve, the inventor of the first Transducer and the "Mother of the Future".
  • Living Polyhedron: Not literally, but the time capsule is a rhombicuboctahedron that interacts verbally with the protagonists due to 30th century technology.
  • Lobotomy: Probably the vilest thing GlobeCorp does in the year 2500 is brainwash people into being "moddies"- mindless, emotionless drones who can only follow orders unthinkingly and are used as slave labour without any regard for their welfare. This happened to Nik's parents and also to Lorien, although she at least is eventually deprogrammed.
  • Love Triangle: Jenny thinks Nik is a spunk, while Alana is less romantic and far too pragmatic to be bothered with him. Nik for his part likes both girls, for different reasons, and is really bothered by the fact.
  • Meanwhile, in the Future...: The last minute of the sequel: the timeline has been restored, and Alana and Jenny returned to their respective time periods. Jenny is standing by a window looking up at the moon, uttering a sad "Goodbye, Alana". Meanwhile, in the year 3000, Alana also looks up at the moon and says "Goodbye, Jenny"
  • Mega Corp.: in Tomorrow's End, the dystopian year 2500 is ruled by one of these (Globe Corp). (It's implied that said company stems from somewhat innocuous beginnings in the 20th century, as the characters use a ruse to get into their offices and sneak the time capsule up there, transporting themselves to the Globe Corp head office in 2500 (in the same building!) by pretending they want it as a location for a film they're making.
  • Only One Name: Everyone in the future.
  • Our Showers Are Different: Alana's time has a "shower" that consists of a band of light running up the body. It even removes 20th-century permanent hair dye because it is recognised as dirt.
  • Portal to the Past: Silverthorn steals one in Tomorrow's End.
  • Power Incontinence: What happens when emotionally unstable people use Transducers
  • Psychic Surgery: Alana destroying Silverthorn's tumour.
  • The Quincy Punk: Eddie, Mr Silverthorn's chauffeur/henchman.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The premise of the second season.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball:
    • Where do we start?
    • To elaborate: Tulista goes to the year 2500, and returns with Silverthorn. Silverthorn takes Alana back to 1990, where he alters history with his own ruthlessness. Despite this, his own time remains unaltered. After a battle leaves Silverthorn and Jenny both injured, Alana's forced to take them both back to the year 3000 to heal. This simple act should have been impossible, as the 3000 from whence Alana hails should no longer exist. Nevertheless, it happens, setting up the temporal paradoxes to be resolved in the Sequel Series.
      • Perhaps a touch of Fridge Brilliance - the timeline of the year 3000 that Alana and the others return to at the end of the first series IS different, but not massively so; it seems that some of the changes made in 1990 did have a lasting effect, but for the large part remained mostly unaffected. The changes trickling down from 1990 seem to have been made mainly in relatively minor details. The changes in the follow-up series that Silverthorn made in 2500, however...
  • Trapped in the Past: Alana in the first series.
    • At the end of the second series, Petey reprograms the Time Gate while Silverthorn and Draco aren't looking to send them back to the time of the dinosaurs rather than the 20th century and the two of them end up stranded there.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Alana's "Smog it", Silverthorn's "scragger".
  • Villains Blend in Better
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Silverthorn goes back on his word to let Alana go home by trapping the Time Capsule inside a force field, preventing it from returning to the year 3000.