5 August 2004
14 year-old Ben Johnston is bright, quirky and impulsive. He is bored by life in the small coastal town of Werrinup where the only excitement is when his very organised, ironing-is-a-lost-art-form mother forgets to check his homework. But when he thinks he's on the trail of the Werrinup Thief he stumbles into a mystery as big as the Universe.
9 August 2004
In Ben's World, Ben learns from Veronica that she's a Guardian - a defender of the worlds in the parallel universes that make up the Parallax. The bugs she fought off are called welkin and the 'wand' she used is her Stave. Jeremy, her partner and Ben's father, doesn't know any of this - and it must remain a secret from him.
10 August 2004
Ben follows Francis Zapmeister into the third parallel universe, where hippies are all the rage. There, they work out an arrangement, and returning to Ben World, he and two Francises work out a scam to pay back Ben's Martin.
11 August 2004
Ben organises a rock'n'roll dance. Katherine brings Stefan, hoping to reunite him with Veronica. The night is a success thanks to Francis Zapmeister.
12 August 2004
Katherine's Melinda goes exploring in Ben's World. Melinda and Florence the Chicken find a new portal that leads to a hi-tech rubbish tip. The kids arrive to rescue her and are attacked by Welkin, and Ben is bitten.
13 August 2004
Katherine and Ben play pass the parcel as they each try to offload Francis Zapmeister's loot from the trip. They're almost caught and their inter-Parallax travels exposed, but Veronica saves the day.
16 August 2004
Ben discovers that by pressing the portal sign he can travel to a new world. He meets Mundi and is introduced to a town where people live on treetops. It's fun until he is scratched in a Krellick attack.
17 August 2004
Ben is sick as a result of the Krellick scratch. His friends travel to Forest World to get the antidote but wind up in a huge battle against the Krellicks. They are losing when Veronica saves the day.
18 August 2004
Ben visits Desert World and has to use his head after his rash actions land him in strife. Katherine is sent to Forest World, where a night of singing and dancing teaches her to open up to her emotions.
19 August 2004
Tired of the Martins giving them a hard time, Ben and the gang get their revenge. They lure the Martins from each of their worlds to Forest World and the Martins are terrified when their "reflections" talk back.
20 August 2004
In Techno World, Francis Zapmeister meets Betti, a mysterious woman who looks exactly like Veronica. She has plans to remove "aberrants" from the Parallax to make the worlds a better place.
23 August 2004
Veronica reveals that Betti is her twin sister, and that the Welkin and Krellicks are part of Betti's army, sent to destroy the remaining Guardians to prevent them interfering with her plans to blandish the Parallax.
Season 1, Episode 13: Decoy24 August 2004
To distract Betti from her search for the newly-found Guardian, Veronica sets herself up as a decoy in Techno World. Ben and Katherine arrive in time to see Veronica disappear in front of Betti in a blinding purple flash.
25 August 2004
Jeremy convinces Ben that Veronica must be still alive. Ben sets off Spy Boy but is lured into a trap. Katherine arrives just in time to rescue him. but has also accidentally led his local Tiffany to Forest World.
Season 1, Episode 15: Ex-Ben26 August 2004
Betti disguises herself as Veronica and goes to Ben's World, determined to find the mystery male Guardian. However, Jeremy, the kids and Mrs Dawes fool her into thinking that Ben does not exist. Ben and Mundi find another portal in Forest World, along with the Stave.
27 August 2004
Ben decides group action is called for and proposes that Jeremy, Stefan and the Melinda from Katherine's World to come to the Guardian's Hut so that an action plan can be formed to take on Betti. However, when Jeremy and Stefan meet, the tension in the air is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Ben and Katherine fighting over who should be the leader doesn't help matters, especially with the dads taking sides.
30 August 2004
In Ben's World, Katherine, Melinda and the dads are studying Veronica's pots. They believe the pots are a key to the mysteries of the Parallax, but are having trouble deciphering their meaning. Betti realises someone has been using the Staves to eavesdrop on her. Suspecting that the elusive male Guardian may be listening, she stages a conversation with Veronica in which she announces her plans to send the Krellicks into Techno World.
31 August 2004
Ben and Katherine realise that the lost Guardian of Forest World must have been very powerful to have turned the hut into a sanctuary, and they decide to find him to see if he will help them find Veronica. They decide to find out what lies through the portal Ben saw in the Krellick nest. Using the Stave, they fight their way through the Krellicks and venture into the portal. On the other side, they find themselves in a river, and see a man (Otto) fishing on the bank. He is reluctant to admit it, but they finally manage to convince him to admit that he is the lost Guardian of Forest World.
1 September 2004
Ben finds Otto in Techno World, but they are tracked by Spy Boy. Katherine speaks to Betti and tells Veronica, in code, that Ben is still alive. Otto tells Ben the purpose of the Reading Room.
Season 1, Episode 20: Sand Witch2 September 2004
Stefan and Jeremy, misinterpreting the hidden mysteries of Veronica's pots, believe they have the answer to the Reading Room and set off through the portal for Forest World. But they get it wrong and find themselves in Desert World. To make matters worse, Tiffany has followed them.
3 September 2004
The two Martins, Ben's and Katherine's, confront our heroes with their discovery of different worlds. They want to know everything and be included in the gang from now on. When Katherine and Ben refuse, the Martins put pressure on Tiffany, but she proves more a nuisance than a help. While the Martins try to rip off both their worlds Betti has been watching. She approaches Katherine's Martin - the greediest - and, having shown him the riches of Techno World, gets from him the information she most wants - where Katherine lives.
6 September 2004
In Ben's World, after Francis saves Melinda in the surf, a junior life-saving club is mooted to prevent more accidents. Francis and the local Martin are both nominated for president and a triathlon is held to decide the winning candidate. Betti demands a meeting with Katherine. Since her Guardian aunt still holds her mother prisoner, and since Betti has found her way to Katherine's own house where Stefan is in imminent danger, Katherine has no choice but to agree.
7 September 2004
Betti is on Katherine's trail, and now she has lackeys. She has recruited the Martins from Ben's World, Katherine's World, Techno World and, most recently, Forest World to be her own personal pursuit team to find Katherine.
8 September 2004
Ben and Katherine find the sunken Orb, touch it, and are immediately transported to a black void. Towering above them is the huge ring of the Parallax and the lights of each of the worlds. But there are no books, no papers - nothing to read. Ben's Stave has turned gold and they discover that by pointing it at the coloured lights, the corresponding world appears in the symbol, showing images of its past and present.
9 September 2004
Francis is preparing to go to Garden World to rescue Veronica. Ben and Katherine travel to the Reading Room to watch his progress as Melinda leads Francis through the Worlds to the skyscraper portal in Techno World. Francis goes through safely and emerges in Garden World. He starts searching for Veronica. In the meantime Betti has tracked down the Martin from Katherine's World. He doesn't want anything more to do with Betti after her anger back in Forest World, but is too terrified of her to refuse. She takes him to Garden World and shows him the portals.
10 September 2004
The unconscious Veronica is taken to the surf shed sanctuary to recover and Ben and Katherine head for the Reading Room intending to sort Betti out once and for all.
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