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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this feature is perfect for grade-schoolers, who will enjoy the kid-friendly locales (most preteens find this too juvenile). Each mystery does a good job of exploring its locale, and there's enough suspense to keep viewers interested, but not frightened. Extensive NASA footage and an interview with Alan Bean makes the second episode a particularly educational one. Watch out for the musical numbers. And parents should be warned: "The Case of the Sea World Adventure" is likely to inspire kids to ask for a trip to the theme park, and "The Case of the Hotel Who-Done-It" requires parents to warn kids that phone calls from hotel rooms and mini bar refreshments require parental permission.
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What's the story?
This anthology of The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley television series features three episodes chosen by viewers. In "The Case Of The Sea World Adventure," the twins are the daughters of dolphin trainers at Sea World. After finding a corpse on the park grounds, they track it all the way to a cruise ship, only to find out that it isn't a corpse after all. Mary-Kate and Ashley are summoned to Space Camp to help investigators identify the mysterious tapping sounds coming from the space shuttle in "The Case of the U.S. Space Camp Mission." In their final adventure, "The Case of the Hotel Who-Done-It," the twins investigate a series of petty robberies in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel.
Is it any good?
The famous "Trench Coat Twins" bring their investigative skills to three adventures, and take their viewers on a fun tour of some nifty locations. At Sea World, Mary-Kate and Ashley get to participate in the dolphin show, and their investigation leads them through the park attractions. Even better is their trip to Space Camp, where they meet Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean, and go through a basic training program on zero-gravity space simulators. Kids and parents will be entertained by this mystery's resolution, and they'll be impressed by the space footage. The twins' last adventure is less educational than the "Space Camp" case, but it does paint a pretty picture of vacation life in Honolulu.
Each of the episodes is spirited and funny, and shows off the twins at their cutest. While occasionally a lame musical number breaks out, in general the plots intrigue young viewers, and may even teach them something. A fine choice for young mystery lovers and Olsen fans.
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