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Flight 29 Down (2005-2007) was a live-action television series, broadcast by Discovery Kids. In a nutshell, take the premise of Lost and replace the utterly screwed up main characters, the Mind Screws, and the Epileptic Trees with angsty teens, high school drama, and idealism cranked to eleven, and you basically have this show.

In other words, the Coral Island to Lost's Lord of the Flies.

Aired on Discovery Kids for two seasons before getting cancelled. A Made For TV Movie was made to tie up loose ends and to conclude the series.

A fan-made spin-off series is being worked on here.

The show provides examples of:

  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: An aversion: at the camp, the girls do their best to stay presentable but still get grungy and dirty, and the beautiful Abby gets all muddy and bruised during her trek in search of the others in "Good Luck Abby."
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Daley and Nathan, a lot. Their competitive natures don't help, either.
  • Blond, Brunette, Redhead: Taylor, Melissa, and Daley.
  • Break the Cutie: Several characters throughout the course of the series, and the trials show their effect on Lex as the series winds down in Season 2, and Daley is especially beaten up emotionally in the first part of the Hotel Tango.
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  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Jackson and Melissa.
  • Buttmonkey: Daley in The Movie.
  • Catchphrase: Taylor had "we're not gonna be here that long". That is, until reality sets in.
  • Confession Cam: Each kid gets a tape for the video camera to use as a sort of diary.
  • Covers Always Lie: The DVD covers show Daley with short hair. At no point in the series proper does Daley have short hair. She cuts it at the beginning of the movie.
  • The Determinator: Abby strongly, followed by Jackson and Nathan, who hold the group at camp together.
  • The Ditz: Taylor, who on occasion proves to be a Genius Ditz. Think "Chilloween".
  • The Heart: Melissa. She's also the most caring person in the group and have saved several people's lives (including Eric, resident Jerkass) several times over.
  • Held Gaze: Jackson and Melissa during their dance together where they ask forgiveness of each other at the end of "Abby Normal."
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  • Heroic BSoD: Taylor spends the bulk of the first episode of season 2 just sitting there after discovering their camp destroyed.
  • Hidden Depths: Over the course of the series, many characters show depths the others didn't expect to find. "Troubled" Jackson proves to be a fine leader who guides the group throughout much of season one since he leads by serving, Taylor shows her Genius Ditz side and grows beyond her selfishness, Melissa proves competent in a crisis (and she is one of the softer characters), Lex functions as kind of a little brother to Jackson and provides the group with designs to keep them going, Nathan keeps up everyone's spirit and grows beyond his insecurities relating to his competition with Daley, and even Eric proves to be a dependable friend in a crisis.
  • Jerkass: Eric is pretty much Jerkass incarnate!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Eric - sometimes. He does have a heart under his assholeness.
  • Large Ham: Eric as a prosecutor.
    Jackson: Eric! Get over yourself!
  • Last-Name Basis: Jackson It is revealed that his first name is Cody.
  • Love Triangle: Melissa likes Jackson, Jackson appears to likes Taylor, Taylor likes Jackson. Melissa and Jackson are implied to end up together in the The Movie though.
  • Mood Whiplash: The episode "Good Luck Abby" which switches from Abby's trials in search of the others to the more lighthearted group at camp to brutal levels.
  • The Movie: The made for TV movie that ended the series, called The Hotel Tango.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Daley has this reaction when Jackson, of all people, makes her realize that she's forgotten her little brother's birthday.
  • Never My Fault: Taylor attempted this when she damaged the Solar panel that provided them power, but she then stops and admits she's at fault.
  • Never Say "Die"
  • Nice Hat — Mostly Eric's fedora, but just about everyone has one.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Taylor's actually smarter than she lets on.
  • Plot Allergy: One episode featured Eric getting very lethargic and eventually collapsing. Up until the collapse, everyone thought he was just being his normal self. It turns out that he's allergic to the oysters the group had collected and eaten earlier in the episode and Melissa barely manages to dose him with an epi-pen in time.
  • Punny Name: "Abby Normal" = Abnormal, which is how Abby behaves when she returns to the group in her first eponymous focus episode.
  • Ship Tease: Of the three main core couples, Jackson/Melissa, Nathan/Daley and Eric/Taylor. Taylor having moments with Jackson at times leads to ship warring, since it's pretty clear to everyone that Jackson/Melissa and Nathan/Daley are endgame but the writers can't resist the teases.
  • Tagalong Kid: Lex is a zig-zagging example. He's much younger than everyone else and is the younger brother of a major character but is highly intelligent and very useful.
  • Take a Third Option: When the kids try to decide whether the leader should be Daley or Nathan, Jackson wins.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Jackson
  • True Companions: "Club 29 Down." They'll bicker and fight, but they would and do risk their lives for each other.
  • UST: A pervasive element in any of Jackson and Melissa's interactions with each other. Adding Jackson's UST with Taylor into the mix only makes things worse at times.
  • Wham Episode: "See Ya", the season 2 finale.

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