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... See full summary »
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>
Pretty good, generally for kids, last 3 episodes the best.
I wanted to watch this because I like science fiction, writer Russell T. Davies is the best (the new "Doctor Who" series and the English "Queer As Folk"), and I was curious about the young Kate Winslet.
The series basically concerns ordinary children who face two separate pretty self-contained hideous, evil plots in episodes 1-3 and 4-6. Both plots involve monstrous computer shenanigans, but you'll have to watch the series to see how that all plays out. In the second plot, there are various indications that the evil is ancient and that one or more of the characters is somehow immortal, but that is never made concrete and is left more in the realm of suggestion.
The first few episodes are somewhat lackluster and are definitely more for children, but the series picks up with over-the-top derring-do and adventure in the last three episodes, which are definitely more in the "Doctor Who" genre.
The children are typical middle-class children at a comprehensive school and wear hideous clothes and hideous haircuts. It's so incredible that Kate Winslet, who in a few short years would be so pretty in "Heavenly Creatures," is so GINORMOUS here. She wears light blue mom jeans, weird layered vesty things, and has garish hennaed hair pulled back with barrettes.
In the first few episodes it's interesting to see the memorably dour character actress Rosalie Crutchley, whom you've almost certainly seen in other things. And there are several other good people here. Of the kids, Kate Winslet is definitely the best, but she's still just a kid and it's amazing the way she has since grown as a truthful actress, living in the moment.
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