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Series / The Sparticle Mystery

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"What are we going to do?"
"Anything we like!"

The Sparticle Mystery (2011–15) is a British tv series about a world where everyone over the age of 15 suddenly vanishes. Sound familiar?

Actually, it's not. After the first few episodes where the kids get used to their new situation, they go on a mission to bring the adults back. Many fans started watching the series to prove that it was a rip-off of Gone or The Tribe, and ended up actually liking it.

The series story ended with three seasons.

The main characters of the series are:

  • Sadiq, the Nice Guy and either The Hero or The Lancer depending on the circumstances.
  • Kat, a smart, but controlling girl who fights Sadiq for the leader role.
  • Reese, a brave Child Prodigy, who is determined to solve the mystery from the start.
  • Tia, Sadiq's neighbor and the Team Mom of the group, who cares a lot about her appearance.
  • Jeffrey, a smart and caring guy with cerebral palsy.
  • Jordan, Jeffrey's younger brother, who spends most of his time looking out for his brother.
  • Ami, The Heart of the group who often has some trouble with his diabetes.
  • Holly, a snarky and stubborn girl who strongly dislikes Reese. Does a Face–Heel Turn in Season 2
  • Franky, Sadiq's little sister, who's an expert at getting into trouble.
  • Liam, a younger neighbor of Kat's, who tags along with her from the start.
  • Callum, a bully who starts working with the gang in order to get together with Kat He becomes a sherrif in season 2, keeping order among the tribes..
  • Muna, a girl trapped between dimensions.
Series 2 gives us
  • Rocky, a Jerkass to Jeffrey because he's with Tia. He actually is the cause of their breakup.
  • Huen, another child with powers...He turns out to be controlling Reese and gets kicked out. He turns down the offer to join the Dims, although he gives them the next clue.
  • Sarina, Sadiq's crush who's a double agent.
Other characters include
  • Fizzy, a guest character in season 1 who has become Emperor (and Big Bad) in season 2. This lasts until his tribe kicks him out.
  • Ernesto, Leader of Rebels by Series 2 looks like Che. Also the de facto leader of the Freedom Four which include: himself, Fizzy, Holly and Reese

This show provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Well... The only adult in their world is Anita, who pretty much fits this trope. And the adults in the other world are unable to reunite the worlds - the kids have to do it! Doomsday Dora does pretty well, as although unable to fix it herself she helps the kids, giving them the key (presumably either the treasures are divided between dimensions or the key is too far away for kids but easy for adults with planes and a functioning government) and telling them of the Quantum Nexus. But they do manage to turn off the nuclear reactors.
  • Angry Guard Dog: In The Emergency, an angry dog blocks a path between The Sparticles and an oil tanker. Reece manages to calm a dog down briefly by finding his toy and talking to him with psychic powers.
  • Be as Unhelpful as Possible: Justified for Holly - she doesn't want to have to put up with her parents' arguing. After this is pointed out, she starts being slightly more helpful.
  • Berserk Button: Holly, whenever someone says anything positive to or about Reese.
    • Kat may count to, when people annoy her or act like they are better than her.
  • Big Bad: Fizzy, the small kid who the kids steal the train from in Season 1, is a dictator in Season 2.
    • Queen Kylie in series 3,
  • Bystander Syndrome:
    • Many kids who are not a part of The Sparticles seems to think this about solving problems.
    • Flora, Fauna and the other girls Tia and Jeffrey let stay at the hotel had this attitude about everything.
  • Child Hater: Anita, something that is unfortunate given the situation she's in...
  • Dangerous 16th Birthday: Tia believed that her fifteenth birthday would be this, thinking that she would be separated from Jeffrey and transferred to the world of the adults, fretting that she might not make it over and end up lost in cosmic space, or something. It turned out that she was wrong and did not end up transferred to the world of adults.
  • Disabled Means Helpless: When it comes to Jeffrey, people seems to think this. Especially his brother Jordan, who has to be told by the others that his older brother can take care of himself!
    • Totally averted with Holly, although the other characters doesn't even seem to notice that she lacks half an arm. It doesn't really help that in most scenes she pretends to have two full arms.
    • Season 2 averts it for both of them, Jeffrey's palsy not even coming up, although his unexplained tribal staff is presumably related, and Holly mostly continuing to act as before, although she gets a medieval iron arm at one point when they come across a castle. She leaves with it but, like Jeff's staff, it is not seen again after that episode.
  • Disabled Snarker: Holly, even though she's not really that disabled, if you take the word literally.
  • Empathy Doll Shot: Subverted in The Emergency - it belongs to a dog (who's still there).
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Chakras, laylines, psychic powers, made-up science... Megan invokes this later on.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Before Callum joins, the Sparticles are like this. If Megan joins then they'll be one again. Season 2 makes it more male than female.
    • As of the end of series 2 we're left with: Sadiq, Tia, Liam and Frankie, so they're equal
  • Handicapped Badass: Holly
  • Heel–Face Turn: Callum, although it's basically just because he likes Kat.
  • Hey, You!: Holly almost always call Reece "you" or "her/she".
  • Honor Before Reason: Ernesto's dedication to the resistance as of series 3,
  • Irony:
    • Holly, the biggest skeptic of Reese and her powers in series 1 ends up giving birth to the 7th sensetive needed to send the teen parents home. Lampshaded by Reese.
    • The plan in season 3 ends up bringing back the adult when it was the only plan the Sparticles enacted not intended to do so.
  • Knight Templar: Reese, her havoc at the Quantum Nexus is because she doesn't want to meddle with dimensions.
  • Large Ham: Queen Kylie
  • Last Day to Live: Tia gets a mild example. Of course, she's wrong - the Sparticle Project separated the sparticles from the particles, it didn't create a situation where sparticles automatically exist in the other world.
  • Logic Bomb: The cast ask NANCI lots of stupid questions to shut him down in The Fallout.
  • Love Redeems: Callum joins "the good side" because of Kat.
  • Parental Abandonment: Well, obviously.
  • Planet of Hats: Or rather, Tribe/City Of Hats. Most of Season 2's tribes use this, although given the circumstances most of them make sense. Some, like the Featherheads (who live on a farm) and the Traders (who live in a city with various goods), make use of what resources were left, whereas some, like Peace City or the History Tribe, base themselves around ideals. The Sparticles and the Dims are the only real exceptions, although the first were possibly the first to become an organized tribe (they were referred to as the Sparticle Tribe in reasonably early Season 1, whereas most groups gained "X Tribe" monikers between the seasons).
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Fizzy, who was a minor antagonist and larger recurring antagonist in series 2; by series 3 he's as regular as the sparticles. Also Ernesto, who had a one of appearance in series 1, a couple of episodes in series 2 and as of series 3 is an ally to the sparticles.
  • Put on a Bus: Most of the Sparticles from Season at the start of Season 2. Ami and Jordan lost hope and went to France and Kat is travelling around the country shutting down nuclear power plants.
    • After joining the Spaticles in the second season, both Rocky and Huen leave the tribe before the end of that season. Huen was thrown out after it was discovered he was blocking Reese's ability to translate the runes. Rocky left an episode later to help defend a tribe from Fizzy.
    • By Series 3, Tia, Liam and Jeffrey have left because they made a bargain to help at hospitals.
  • Psychic Powers: Reece, Huen and another girl they meet in another episode, with incredibly exponential power combination when they come together. Their powers seem to be fairly varied, although they seem to consist of telepathy, telekinesis, mind control (although only when more powerful), control of electrics (possibly an extension of telekinesis by the way we see it used), translation of Ogam (the ancient language, although she needed to see it first) and peering through dimensions. It's boosted through leylines and multiple psychics working together.
    • It's gotten downright ridiculous as of series 3, they are now called 'sensitives' and have a large array of unexplained powers.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Callum convinces Tia and Jeffery to get one. Due to Rocky's interference, they upgrade and downgrade again so much it becomes pointless trying to keep track.
  • Retcon: Ernesto was introduced in the Boarding School of Horrors, in Series 1. By Series 3, he apparently went to military school...
  • Sadistic Choice: In The Emergency - go and get the adults back and let some babies die, or stay and help the babies and let the world's power plants go nuclear. Subverted in that they manage to get the best of both options.
  • Tagalong Kid: Frankie and Liam.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Fizzy, the Big Bad of the second season.
  • Teenage Pregnancy: Holly falls pregnant with Ernesto's child in series 3.
    • Ernesto himself is revealed to have been one, when he meets his teen parents, who have already had him.
  • Teenage Wasteland
  • There Are No Adults: Basically the starting premise of the show.
  • Those Two Guys: Jordan and Ami. Sometimes Two Guys and a Girl with Holly.
  • Token Good Teammate: Reese for the "Freedom Four" is the only one who isn't opposing the Sparticles at the Qauntum Nexus because of wanting the Adults gone. Fizzy wants to remain in power while Ernesto wants to stage a rebellion, with both veiwing the Adults as a threat to these desires, while Holly is motivated by her poor relationship with her parents, projecting Sarina's good relationship with her parents as an exception, not the rule. Reese however has learned about other, more dangerous dimensions that could wipe out the child dimension if they realign the wrong one, and thus veiws attempting to use the nexus as too great a risk.