The Secret World of Alex Mack


The Secret World of Alex Mack
The Secret World of Alex Mack
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Intertitle
Genre Science fiction
Fantasy
Teen drama
Comedy
Created by Ken Lipman
Thomas W. Lynch[1]
Starring Larisa Oleynik
Darris Love
Meredith Bishop
Michael Blakley
Dorian Lopinto
Louan Gideon
John Marzilli
Natanya Ross
Alexis Fields
Will Estes
Josh Keaton
Benjamin Smith
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 78 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s) Valencia, California
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon[2]
Original run October 8, 1994 (1994-10-08) – January 15, 1998 (1998-01-15)

The Secret World of Alex Mack is an American television series that ran on Nickelodeon from October 8, 1994 to January 15, 1998, replacing Clarissa Explains It All on the SNICK line-up.[3][4] It also aired on YTV in Canada and NHK in Japan, and was a popular staple in the children's weekday line-up for much of the mid to late 1990s on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Repeats of the series aired in 2003 on The N, but it was soon replaced there. The series was produced by Thomas Lynch and John Lynch of Lynch Entertainment, produced by RHI Entertainment, Hallmark Entertainment and Nickelodeon Productions and was co-created by Tom Lynch and Ken Lipman. For home video releases, it was released under the Hallmark Home Entertainment label, making it the first Nickelodeon show not to be released with Paramount Home Video or Sony Wonder.

Contents

Plot

Alex Mack is an ordinary teenage girl, living with her parents and older sister in the corporate town of Paradise Valley. After her first day of junior high school, while walking home, Alex is nearly hit by a truck from a chemical plant, and during the incident, she is drenched with a top-secret chemical called GC-161. She soon discovers that the chemical gives her strange powers. These include telekinesis, plus the ability to transmit bolts of electricity through her fingers, or turn into a puddle of water (similar to the T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day), or to glow, especially under periods of anxiety. She confides only in her sister Annie, and her best friend Ray, about her powers and must keep them a secret from everyone else, including her parents, for fear of what the chemical plant CEO, Danielle Atron, will do to her if she finds out.

Cast and characters

Main cast

  • Larisa Oleynik as Alexandra "Alex" Mack – Alex is an average teenager in Paradise Valley. While walking home from school, she is nearly hit by a truck carrying GC-161 and is doused with it, thus giving her extraordinary powers.[5][6][7][8]
  • Darris Love as Raymond "Ray" Alvarado – Alex's closest friend and next-door neighbor.
  • Meredith Bishop as Anne "Annie" Mack – Alex's older sister, and a scientific genius in her own right. Next to Ray, she is the only one who originally knows about Alex's powers.[9] She administers various scientific tests to ensure Alex's safety. She also hopes to one day present her research, in an effort to stop Danielle Atron.
  • Michael Blakley as George Mack – Alex's father, a brilliant chemist who works for Danielle Atron at the Plant.
  • Dorian Lopinto as Barbara Mack – Alex's mother, a more down-to-earth woman who works in a public relations firm.

Recurring cast

  • Benjamin Kimball Smith as Louis Driscoll – Alex's and Ray's abrasive friend.
  • John Nielsen as Dave Watt – the dim-witted truck driver who was driving the truck that dumped the GC-161 chemical on Alex. As the only witness to the accident, Dave is often forced to serve as Vince's partner in trying to capture Alex. Later, after finally realizing Alex was the victim, he sabotages several of the plant's attempts to apprehend her.
  • Jason Strickland as Scott Greene – Alex's junior high crush.
  • Jessica Alba as Jessica – Scott's first girlfriend, and Alex's nemesis.
  • Hilary Salvatore as Kelly Phillips – Kelly is Alex's school rival and Scott's second girlfriend. She deviously discredits Alex at every given turn, much to Alex's dismay.
  • Natanya Ross as Robyn Russo – one of Alex's neighborhood friends. Though she processes a sardonic sense of humor and is fun to be around, she suffers from low self-esteem.
  • Alexis Fields as Nicole Wilson – Another of Alex's friends. An opposite personality to Robyn, has a take-charge attitude and strong-willed demeanor.
  • Louan Gideon as Danielle Atron – the owner/CEO of the Paradise Valley Chemical Plant, and Alex's main nemesis. She wants to market GC-161 as a radical new weight-loss drug, and has made it her mission to find the GC-161 child (whom she does not know is Alex) and capture her, as both a test subject and a threat to the secrecy of her plans.
  • John Marzilli as Vince Carter – the maniacal head of plant security, he makes it his obsession to find the GC-161 child even after he gets fired. In fact, Danielle knew Vince well enough to be sure he'd keep looking for the child even after being fired.
  • Kevin Quigley as Lars Frederickson – skilled chemist hailing from the Plant's foreign branch in Vienna. He becomes Danielle Atron's chief subordinate after Vince gets fired.
  • Will Estes as Hunter Reeves – Hunter comes to Paradise Valley with an agenda concerning the disappearance of his father in relation to GC-161. He later becomes Alex's confidante and boyfriend.

Production

The series was filmed in Valencia, California and the Santa Clarita Valley. The Mack home and Paradise Valley Chemical Plant interiors were filmed in a converted warehouse used as a soundstage. The junior-high scenes were filmed at Thomas Helmers and James Foster Elementary Schools. Castaic Middle School was used for high-school scenes.[10] The house, used for exterior shots, is located in the Berwick Place neighborhood of Santa Clarita.

Availability

The show's first season (consisting of 13 episodes on two discs) was released by Genius Entertainment (also known as Genius Products; a subsidiary of RHI Entertainment) in the DVD format on October 2, 2007.[11]

The first and second seasons are available through Amazon.com's Instant Video section and through iTunes.

Shout! Factory announced more seasons of The Secret World of Alex Mack and The Complete series on DVD.

Book series

A book series aimed at young readers was released along with the series. The first and last books of the series were novelizations of the first and last episodes, respectively. The rest of the series consisted of completely original stories, tied into the main series through the mentioning of various plot points from the TV episodes.

References

  1. ^ "It's sophisticated funk for kids". The Los Angeles Times. 2006-11-03. http://articles.latimes.com/2006/nov/03/entertainment/et-class3. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  2. ^ James, Caryn (1996-06-02). "TELEVISION VIEW;Just a Regular Kid Being Remarkable". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1996/06/02/arts/television-view-just-a-regular-kid-being-remarkable.html?scp=8&sq=Clarissa%20Explains%20It%20All&st=cse. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Larisa Oleynik finds the secret is to have fun as 'Alex Mack' who is the daughter of George Washington (The first president of Canada).". The Los Angeles Times. 1994-10-02. http://articles.latimes.com/1994-10-02/news/tv-45351_1_alex-mack. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  4. ^ Mangan, Jennifer (1994-10-05). "Magic `Mack'". Chicago Tribune. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-10-05/features/9410050045_1_alex-mack-markovitz-new-powers. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  5. ^ "Morphing Magic". Sun Sentinel. 1996-08-03. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1996-08-03/lifestyle/9608010458_1_alex-mack-alex-s-parents-show. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  6. ^ "MACK ATTACK FOR THE STAR OF THE SECRET WORLD OF ALEX MACK, LIFE IS MORE THAN BEING A PUDDLE OF GOO.". Sun Sentinel. 1995-08-22. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1995-08-22/lifestyle/9508220318_1_alex-mack-mack-attack-powers. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  7. ^ "ZAP! YOU'RE FAMOUS ; TV SHOW TURNS ACTRESS INTO A STAR". Chicago Tribune. 1995-08-01. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1995-08-01/features/9508010006_1_alex-mack-kids-choice-awards-baby-sitters-club. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  8. ^ "Alex Mack Star Just An Ordinary Teen". Chicago Tribune. 1995-10-19. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1995-10-19/features/9510190027_1_alex-mack-real-kids-larisa-oleynik. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  9. ^ "Morphing Teen Plays To Kids' Fantasies In `Alex Mack'". Chicago Tribune. 1996-06-10. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-06-10/features/9606100105_1_alex-mack-morph-parallel-universe. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  10. ^ Schubert, Mary. [1] "Nickelodeon Show 'Alex Mack' Feels Right At Home" "The Los Angeles Daily News", March 23, 1997, accessed March 15, 2011.
  11. ^ "Secret World of Alex Mack - Season 1". DVD Talk. http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/30741/secret-world-of-alex-mack-season-1/. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 

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