Strange Days at Blake Holsey High

Common Sense Media says

Prep show Twilight Zone is good spooky fun.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

One African-American character appears; the rest of the cast is white.

Violence & scariness

Although no direct violence occurs, adults can definitely seem threatening.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series can be eerie and suspenseful, which may be too much for young kids who are easily spooked. Kids who like mild scariness and a good ghost story will be intrigued. Main characters use the scientific method to uncover their school's mysteries, which is a good example for young viewers.

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What's the story?

Things like wormholes, time travel, students becoming invisible, and inexplicable magnetic attractions are everyday occurrences in STRANGE DAYS AT BLAKE HOLSEY HIGH. Luckily, the students in the show's science club use the scientific method to investigate the mysterious happenings. But the science club at Blake Holsey High (nicknamed "Black Hole High" by the students) doesn't limit itself to test tubes and Bunsen burners. New girl Josie (Emma Taylor-Isherwood), popular Vaughn (Robert Clark), conspiracy buff Lucas (Michael Seater), type-A Corrine (Shadia Simmons), whiz kid Marshall (Noah Reid), and their advisor, Professor Z (Jeffrey Douglas), discover that their prep school is some sort of magnet for paranormal occurrences and mysterious strangers with secrets and hidden agendas. All the strange happenings seem to be connected to a local scientist named Victor (who just happens to be Vaughn's father) and his company, Pearadyne Industries, where Vaughn's mother disappeared in a strange accident 15 years ago.

Is it any good?

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The series makes an attempt to bring in scientific concepts (magnetism, gravity, the light spectrum, etc.), but the show's real attraction is its spooky sense of mystery. The characterization isn't incredibly deep, and the kids seem more or less interchangeable. But there's plenty of action to keep viewers involved, and a lot to wonder about. What is Victor really up to? What's the strange floating ball that seems to be the source of his power? How does the janitor know so much about what's going on, and why won't he explain anything?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the concept of reality and fantasy and the characters'. Do the students make good decisions with their knowledge or abuse their powers? What appeals to kids about the show -- mystery or science? Parents can encourage kids to continue their love of strange stories with a trip to the library or a (supervised) Internet search about the history and happenings of their own school or town.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byKimmeko April 9, 2008
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Two Thumbs Up

Its pretty good but if I had a kid that was from 3-7 i wouldnt let him watch cause theres one season where Lucus and Vaghn dont become friends of course they make up at the end (of the season)
but while they werent friends Lucas was being a maijor *ahem* bad word to Vaghn
id say the bad word but here i probally cant but any ways its a cool show i like it so do my friends even my jock friend (which amazed me :O )

Kid, 10 years old Written byJosieTrentFan July 7, 2010
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What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bycoricurbob@yahoo.com April 9, 2008
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Just started watching, and am probably hooked.

I only first saw this show two days ago, but as it was a marathon, I think my judgement is all right.

I really enjoy this show. Sure, it's a bit cheesy, and riddled with forced learning, but it's FUN cheesy! Despite the episodic happenings and nondepthful approach, there seems to be a mystery behind everything, an explanation, which appeals to me. (See Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events). Vaughn is especially interesting, because people find him suspicious - his father is Professor Pearson, who seems to be thought the cause of all the strangeness. Is Vaughn evil? Is he manipulated? Is he nothing at all? I don't know!

When I saw this show for the first time, I thought it was The Zack Files undergone a strange and revolutionary metamorphosis. Nope, but it's a lot the same.

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