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The Secret World of Alex Mack, Nickelodeon
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When this premiered in 1994, I didn't have access to cable television. So, it was one of countless shows I wished I could see, but couldn't. When the second season started in 1995, I was in college, so I had access to cable there. And also, my parents got satellite at home. So from that point on I could watch the show, but I didn't actually see the first season until I got the complete series on DVD in 2017. (I finished watching the season in early 2018.)

Anyway, while walking home from her first day of junior high, a girl named Alex Mack (Larisa Oleynik) gets drenched with some kind of experimental chemical called GC-161, when the truck that was transporting it from the Paradise Valley Chemical Plant has an accident. The plant happens to be where her father, George, works as a scientist. Also, her mother, Barbara, works at a PR firm that is often hired by the plant. (In fact, probably most of the people in Paradise Valley work for the plant. I kind of get the impression the plant is the main reason for the town's existence.) Anyway, the GC-161, ends up giving Alex various powers, such as telekinesis, and morphing into some mercury-like stuff or something. The only two people whom she lets know about this are her best friend, Ray Alvarado, and her older sister, Annie. Annie is a science prodigy, and studies the effects of the chemical on Alex, as well as trying to help her learn to control her powers, and keep her secret. This is important, because the woman in charge of the plant, Danielle Atron, wants to find the kid who was doused in the chemical, and run experiments on her (or him; Atron has no idea who the kid is or even whether it was a boy or a girl). The plant's head of security, Vince, is tasked with finding the kid. He gets some help from Dave, who had been driving the truck that had the accident. But Dave doesn't know who the kid was, either, since he didn't get a good look at her. Dave, unlike Miss Atron and Vince, is basically a good guy, but not very bright.

Well, I also want to mention, now that I've watched season one for the first time, that Alex had a couple of other friends besides Ray: Robyn and Nicole. I guess they were on the show even in the seasons I watched when they first aired, but somehow, by the time I watched it on DVD, I had zero recollection of their existence. (But I do like them.) Also, in a few episodes of season one, there was a popular girl at school named Jessica (Jessica Alba), who always acted like a jerk towards Alex. And there was a guy named Scott, on whom Alex had a crush, though I guess he was dating Jessica. But he acted much more friendly toward Alex. And... basically the show is about Alex living a relatively normal life, which gets more interesting (both more fun and more dangerous) after gaining her powers. But her powers don't really change her as a person. (The opening credits, which Alex narrates, may say "I guess I'm not so average anymore," but I still think she's basically a normal kid, with normal challenges and interests, and whatever.)

And I look forward to saying a bit more as I continue to watch the DVDs, and refresh my severely lacking memory of the things I had seen before.

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