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The Tale of the Sorcerer's Apprentice 

Dean, a troubled student, awakens an ancient secret hidden in the school.


D.J. MacHale


D.J. MacHale (original creator), Stephen Zoller




Episode cast overview:
Mathew Mackay ... Dean Berkham (as Matthew MacKay)
Staci Smith Staci Smith ... Alix
Jane Gilchrist Jane Gilchrist ... Ms. Crenshaw
Emma Stevens Emma Stevens ... Dr. Oliver
Chris Nash ... Acolyte #1
Stephen R. Hart ... Goth (as Stephen Hart)
Jason Alisharan ... Frank
Rachel Blanchard ... Kristen
Ross Hull ... Gary
Nathaniel Moreau Nathaniel Moreau ... David
Raine Pare-Coull Raine Pare-Coull ... Betty Ann
Jodie Resther ... Kiki
Jacob Tierney ... Eric


Dean, a troubled student, awakens an ancient secret hidden in the school.

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When Alex goes down to the high school basement and encounters Dean and some other kids trying to resurrect Goth, as she runs past the stairs there is a balcony with silvery-blue water pouring down next to it. It was never explained why this waterfall-like structure was here. It may have been a burst pipe leaking a large amount of water in the Canadian school where filming had taken place, or it was an effect created specifically for the show to create a more mysterious atmosphere. See more »


Alix: Dean, look at me. He's controlling you; you've gotta come back and - fight this guy.
Dean Berkham: ...You're my best friend, Alix.
Alix: I *am*!... Come back.
Dean Berkham: That's why I'm gonna let you go. Don't get in my way.
[starts to walk off then glances back]
Dean Berkham: It doesn't matter anyway. You'll be one of us soon enough.
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Theme
Arranged and produced by Ray Fabi
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scepters and sorcery in high school
14 May 2020 | by davidmalaimoSee all my reviews

Tale by: Betty Ann Two Betty Ann tales in a row! they gave her a chance to redeem herself from the nightly neighbors very quickly. i also forgot that she had also done the clown episode, which might be the best episode of the season, so she really didn't NEED to redeem herself necessarily, but i'm glad she did.

this episode was a lot of fun, with some ancient sorcery/fantasy shenanigans in a 90s high school setting. as it goes with this show, it's got its cheesy dialogue and is a little over-explainy, but the vibes were on point. the different settings within the school: the lockers, the boiler room, (i wish my high school had an extremely big and creepy boiler room. did it??)the abandoned pool room(my school didn't have a pool but there's a prank played on freshmen that there's a pool on the 3rd floor...which, how would that even be possible?). there was also a lot of cool green fog.

oh, and not to mention the cobra scepter! what a neat little prop!

alex was really bad at being sneaky, and knocked something down every time she went snooping, resulting in her getting chased. she really need to learn how to snoop.

alex and dean's friendship was cute, so hopefully we get a sequel.

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Release Date:

10 October 1992 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Windsor Ontario, Canada

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