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Series / Ship to Shore

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An Australian 1993-1996 series about a bunch of kids living on the fictional Circe Island off the coast of Perth. It had three seasons.

This series contains the following tropes:

  • Alliterative Name: Kelvin Crump, Julie Jones, Gavin Garney, Madeleine Mabbs and Peter Puckrin.
    • On the cast side, Louise Love and Monica Main. Monica gets it double: she plays Madeleine.
  • Ascended Extra: Gavin originally appeared in only one episode in Season 1, when Julie and Kelvin decided to set up a holiday camp. The very next season, his family decided to move to Circe Island, resulting in him joining the main cast.
  • Big Bad: The Defoes during Season 2, or at least Rosalind. Victoria-Elizbeth seems to be a kid dragon.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hermes Endakis.
  • Covered in Gunge:
    • In "The Grate Escape" an ecological protest at a concert rapidly devolves into an all-out paint fight.
    • Julie's attempt at leadership in "Follow The Leader" also leads to a paint fight.
  • Credits Montage: The credits sequence includes a number of clips from the episode playing in a short recap of sorts.
  • Destroy the Security Camera: Downplayed in "The Grate Escape", where Kelvin disables a security camera by covering its lens with an envelope. Unfortunately for him he used an envelope with his name on it, so he's quickly brought to book.
  • The Food Poisoning Incident: All the adults except Hermes and Ms Selby eat some bad oysters in the "Follow The Leader" episode and the children are left in charge of the communications base while they puke their guts out.
  • Get-Rich-Quick Scheme: Kelvin seems to like these. Predictably, they rarely work.
  • Great Escape: As its title implies, "The Grate Escape" is an Affectionate Parody, in which the kids' attempt to sneak off the island to attend a pop concert is played using as many prison break tropes as possible.
  • The Most Dangerous Video Game: In one of the episodes, the kids played a choose-your-own-adventure video game and, on a whim, gave the player character the appearance and name of Hermes Endakis. Shortly thereafter, it turned out that whatever calamity befalls the game's hero also soon happens to the real Hermes in real life. The episode doesn't make it clear if the game really could affect reality or if it was just a series of coincidences.
  • Numbered Sequels: While it is evidently supposed to be all the same series, the titles for each season had the season number in it, giving the impression it was a sequel to the original series. This tended to carry over to the TV guides.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Babe's real name is Bianca Keogh.
    • Everyone Calls Her Doc: Louelle Docherty is called "Lou" and "Doc" in equal amounts, but this trope gets subverted as, while she is certainly a very gifted individual (contrasted by her blonde hair), she's still in high school, and obviously not in possession of a doctorate of any kind. She still helps her father around the lab at ASNOT, though, when she's not helping herself.
  • Prince Charming Wannabe: Hermes Endakis loves Andrea Shelby. It wasn't mutual.
  • Put on a Bus: Series 3 had a massive cast upheaval, with a lot of the child cast (and a few of the adults) travelling over the bridge. Only a few are made obvious:
  • Security Is Useless: The ASNOT security team. They seem to take their job very seriously, patrolling the entire island for anyone who may be doing even the slightest bit wrong (sort of like the island's police force). They are also, unfortunately, ineffective. The Head of Security, Hermes Endakis, is especially inept.
  • Ship Tease: Ralph and Julie are regularly seen together before, during and after whatever hijinks the gang gets up to.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Julie. She's all about the environment and strongly dislikes the ASNOT base being on the island. She'd almost be a Granola Girl, with her love of whale music and occasionally hippie clothing, but that's as far as it gets with her.
  • Unit Confusion: In one episode, a report (later revealed to be false) came in of a tsunami 30 feet (10 meters) high. Since some of the older islanders still used imperial units, the confusion snowballed to the point that the wave was supposedly 900 meters (3000 feet) high, and the islanders prepared for Armageddon.