- Normal is for the comatose. If I am to teach you two anything, where ever you are, whoever you are, there is always a strangeness in things. You just have to know where to look.
Dark Season was a children's Science Fiction Television Serial of just 6 episodes that broadcast on The BBC 14th November to 19th December 1991. It was written by Russell T. Davies and had Victoria Lambert, Ben Chandler and a young Kate Winslet as the heroes Marcie, Thomas and Reet. Marcie is a very intelligent 12 year old girl who is the leader of a small group of friends.
The series had two stories each of three parts.
In the first story Mr Eldritch, owner of Abyss Modems unexpectedly donates computers to the gang's school. A computer for every classroom and an Abyss Personal Computer for every child to take home with them.
In the second story a team of archaeologists arrives at the school, but are rather secretive about their work.
This series provides examples of:
- Devil in Plain Sight: Mr Eldritch's car has the number plate NEME515, so you would think someone would suspect.
- Genre Savvy: One of Marcie's main attributes. She can recognise a children's sci-fi plot when one is happening around her, and knows what to do about it.Marcie (while crawling through an Air-Vent Passageway): Marvellous, I'm a cliché.
- Mind-Control Eyes: The irises of the Mind Controlled girl turn pale, no one seems to notice this, but perhaps that is because she starts glowing.
- Spiritual Successor: To RTD's take on Why Don't You?, and to Doctor Who; it's very easy to imagine Sylvester McCoy coming out with the page quote.
- Villain Opening Scene: It's already too late. Nothing in the world can stop me now Mr Eldritch.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Marcie is wiser than most adults.