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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension is a spin-off of Eerie, Indiana, and follows a new dynamic teen duo of sleuths who solve the mysteries of their strange town, which exists on a different dimensional plane than does the original Eerie. Like its predecessor, the show deals more in the weird and wacky than it does in truly spooky stories, which will be evident to all but the youngest viewers. It also takes a satirical stance on some of its topics (impossible beauty standards and excessive cable channel options, for starters), usually with results that illustrate a notably positive theme.
What's the story?
When Mitchell Taylor (Bill Switzer) notices some strange happenings in his hometown of Eerie, Indiana, he's not sure what to think, until he makes contact with two teens who claim to be from another dimension of that same town and explain that weirdness is spilling through a hole between their dimension and Mitchell's. They task him with solving the bizarre mysteries and chipping away at the weirdness, so he teams up with his best friend, Stanley (Daniel Clark), to identify the source of the mysteries and reverse their effect on the residents.
Is it any good?
EERIE, INDIANA: THE OTHER DIMENSION is the short-lived spin-off to the equally truncated Eerie, Indiana. Following the same basic format and tying into the original with a guest spot by the first pair of heroes, Marshall and Simon, The Other Dimension trails Mitchell and Stanley as they unravel the mysteries of beauty products that turn users into plastic, coffee machines that speed up time, and identify haunting spirits.
Though it lacks some of its predecessor's pizzazz, The Other Dimension is still an entertaining blend of comedy and mock horror that's nicely suited for families. While there are some surprises and potentially worrisome concepts like ghosts and brainwashing, most kids will recognize the satire that keeps it from being truly scary. What's more, the six-year lapse between the original and this spin-off (which aired in 1998) does wonders for its special effects, giving it a slightly more modern feel as well, and it manages to work in some worthwhile messages about meaningful relationships, positive self-image, and strong self-confidence that parents and kids can build on.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes a show scary. Does anything in this series give you goose bumps? Do you like spine-tinglers? What, if anything, can you learn from them?
Kids: What factors do you think play into the decision to create a sequel or a spin-off? Have you seen the original Eerie, Indiana? Do you think this series improved on it in any ways? What shows would you like to see remade?
What other shows does your family enjoy together? What qualities make a movie or TV series a hit for you?
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