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Series / Mentors

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This page should not be confused with the subtypes of the Mentor Archetype, which can be found here.

This is an edutainment children's show about Teen Genius, Oliver Cates, who creates his own invention called the Visicron. With it, he can bring any historical person into the present for 36 hours, after which, they get sent back to their proper time with no memory of their time in the present. With the Visicron, Oliver, along with his Secret Keeper and girlfriend Dee, use it to bring various famous people throughout history to help them on the various problems the face and to usually deliver the Aesop of the episode.


This show also has one of the rare cases of introducing Suspiciously Similar Substitutes before the original characters left. About halfway into Season 2, Oliver's younger cousins, Simon and Crystal, are introduced and slowly integrated into the main cast throughout the season, eventually joining Oliver and Dee on some adventures. At the end of the season, Oliver goes to college and passes the Visicron on to Simon and Crystal. The shows lasts for another season with Simon and Crystal as the stars.

Every single subtype of the Mentor Archetype was probably used in this series at some point or another. Yes, even the evil ones!


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