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Marcie, Reet and Thomas are three children who are stunned when for some unknown reason each kid at their school is given a really powerful computer and that the class swot is turned into a mutant by the computers and it's controller Mr. Eldritch. Investigating the three discover that the computers are a part of a plan to rule the world but they need to find Professor Polzinski. With the aid of the Professor, Eldritch is stopped. Later on, a team made up of blonde women dig up the school field to find a wartime computer Behemoth with the power to destroy the world. Super-intelligent Marcie and Eldritch battle against each other for control of the world and in another round in the age-old war of good vs evil... Written by
Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>
Russell T. Davies was commissioned by the BBC to write a 6 part serial to fill the opened up slot in Children's BBC in late 1991, when Tony Robinson decided to take a break from "Maid Marian and her Merry Men" and Russell T. Davies penned the first episode of "Dark Season" originally titled "The Adventuresome Three". See more »
High concept, low budget - both typical of its predecessors and ahead of its time
After having seen Dark Season for the first time now in mid-1999, it's amazing just how relevant it seems. Made for children's TV, it looks more like story from "Doctor Who" without the eponymous hero, and deals with neo-Nazis, mind control and millennial angst in quite a humourous way.
The six episodes are split into two three-part stories, a device which further provides comparisons with Doctor Who. It's not altogether successful
the two stories would have worked better as a whole (they are connected,
but the events of 1-3 are all but forgotten in episode 4 onwards).
Spirited performances from Jacqueline Pearce and Brigit Forsyth (in a criminally underwritten role - one that seems designed for an actress about twenty years older) help to detract from some of the less than convincing child actors on display. Still, it's an interesting chance to watch a pre-Titanic Kate Winslet in a spirited supporting role as the red-haired rebel, Reet.
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