Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Season 2 Episode 3: The Tale of Locker 22

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“I guess Kristen’s up tonight”- The Gary

Tonight we are treated to a blast from the past as Kristen is going to tell us a story of a hippie, a dead hippie.

The episode starts with Betty Ann, David, Frank and Kiki trying to guess what character Kristen will be playing tonight. Betty Ann guesses Kristen will be telling them a story about “an ax- murderer with blood dripping from her grisly weapon” (nope wrong). David says “A mummy wrapped in rotten bandages” (wrong again). Frank guesses “A razor sharp hook where her hand should be” (still wrong). Let’s see if Kiki can get it right, she guesses “A zombie with sunken eyes and all stiff-like” (well she is the closest, but nope still wrong). Also why are they guessing all of these gory things, Kristen has never told a gory story on screen at all, in fact based on their guess I would be inclined to think Betty Ann or Frank were up tonight. This is an example of continuity errors in the show, you can’t bring up past stories that the viewers know nothing about or have heard no mention of. Than The Gary walks in and says “I guess Kristen’s up tonight” (which still makes me wonder if The Gary hasn’t made a calendar of rotation of who is going when, lacking on his job as president). Kristen shows up a little late yet again, but dressed up as a hippie. That is right Kristen is telling us a story about a hippie, Betty Ann asks her where she found her outfit, and Kristen says in her attic (see Betty Ann nothing scary up in the attic but old clothes from the 1960’s). Kristen hypothesizes that her parents must have been hippies. Kristen passes out some props, she gives David a pair of glasses and Kiki a necklace and I think Betty Ann got some chunky earrings as there is a shot of her with earrings, and she didn’t appear to have them on before hand. The Gary isn’t swayed by her theatrics tonight and asks her what she is talking has to do with her story. Kristen says it does and in her story if you don’t learn from the past, you can repeat the past and meet your doom. Kristen submits her story as The Tale of Locker 22.

We are introduced to one of our main characters Julie Dufaux, a transfer student from Paris France. She is having a hard time fitting into Canadian culture and slips in and out of a French accent. She is with Mr. Shaffner who shows her, her locker which is (wait for it) locker number 22. She tells him its a little far from everything and that hothead Shaffner, yells at her that she shouldn’t be complaining and he doesn’t have to listen to a student who has been at the school for all of 5 minutes. I think Mr. Shaffner needs a snickers to calm down or possibly a new career.

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Julie

After the locker, we are taken to chemistry class taught by a very lackluster Walt White (where are my breaking bad fans at?). They are sucking liquid into a glass straw, and he tells them to put their fingers on the top so the liquid doesn’t run out (I think they are learning how to make meth). Julie sucks the liquid up like she is drinking a coke and drops the glass beaker on the ground much to the annoyance of Walt White. Class ends and she is harassed by two rejects from  the Brat pack, Fritz and Donny. She is helped out by Chris who asks her if she is new (uh no Chris, she isn’t new, she has just had mono for the past several months) and helps her to sweep up the glass. Although he doesn’t appear to know how to use a dust pan. He offers to walk her to her next class. As they are leaving a hippie stares at Julie slightly startling her.

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Chris

At lunch, she is harassed further by Fritz and Donny, who start a food fight. Mr. Shaffner comes and breaks up the food fight. He yells at Julie again and blames her for the food fight and then yells at the rest of the students for looking at him. The hippie starts to stalk Julie and then Julie realizes that the hippie is a ghost when she fades away next to her locker. Julie confides in Chris about seeing the ghost. Chris tells another student, which leads to Julie being harassed at home.

Julie gets pissed at Chris and yells at him the next day. She tells Chris that everyone thinks she is the crazy foreign kid. Julie gets harassed yet again by Fritz and Donny, with one of them knocking a necklace out of her locker, a time traveling necklace that takes her back to 1965. Apparently in 1965 they were obsessed with the Beatles White album. Also Julie runs into a girl who calls her Candy, or moon dance as her hippie name. A youngish Mr. Shaffner tells Julie that he is waiting and calls her Miss. Warren. She discovers that when she puts on the necklace, she becomes Candy Warren and is transported to 1965.

Julie cools down and talks to Chris and asks him why he told someone about her ghost sighting. He mentions that he knew a person who also saw the ghost. She demonstrates, the power of the necklace by taking Chris back to 1965, where Candy’s friend thinks that Chris is hot and exotic and promptly invites him to her Beatles White album listening party. They run into Mr. Shaffner who is kind of racist toward Chris and tells him to learn some manners.

Turns out that Mr. Shaffner, is a chemistry teacher and is hunting down Julie (Candy) to finish her project and that he will stay late after school to help her finish it. Chris and Julie go off to the library to find out who Candy Warren is, and they find out she died in 1965. Julie goes back in time and Chris finds a teacher who knew Candy and asks how she died. Chris assumes she was sick, but the teacher tells him, that Candy died in a freak chemistry lab accident and when asked who the teacher was, he finds out it was Mr. Shaffner.

Chris runs back into the school and sees Candy and tells Candy that Julie is in trouble and he must save her from the same fate. Candy agrees and he gets absorbed into Candy in order to go back in time to save Julie. Chris runs through the halls only to be stopped by Mr. Shaffner. Chris makes it in the just in time to stop Julie from lighting the burner. The reason the explosion happened, was due to erosion in the gas cable cord. Chris turns off the gas and yells at Mr. Shaffner for not checking his equipment. When Chris saves Julie, he ends up also saving Candy.

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Candy

Chris and Julie are then transported back to 1993, where they embrace in a hug and are happy that they now know what happened to Candy. They are then greeted by a new assistant principal, who just happens to be Candy Warren. She is escorting Fritz and Donny to her office.

Then Kristen ends her story, Gary says “Far out”, Kiki says “Solid”, David says “Psychedelic” and Frank says “Neat o” (Frank is kind of a square when it comes to 60’s catchphrases). Betty Ann laughs at him and she doesn’t join the 1960’s catchphrase game, she is too smart for that. They all give back the stuff Kristen let them use and tells her it was a great story. Once again the fire is not put out and The Gary doesn’t declare the meeting over. I think Gary is slipping.

Moira’s Thoughts:

  1. I am not sure why they came up with such gory ideas for what Kristen’s story would be about, she never told any gory stories on camera at least to us the viewers.
  2. This makes me really want to see an origins story for the first generation of the Midnight Society since they keep making references to the past that we know nothing about, as a loyal viewer I feel that it is somewhat lost in translation.
  3. Overall this was a good story, but I think it would have been more interesting if it was told from Chris’s point of view and if the storyteller was either Kiki or Betty Ann.
  4. This episode also brings up continuity errors within the Midnight Society since we have no idea of past stories.

Lets all give Kirsten a round of applause for this story about a formally dead hippie named Candy. Join me for the next episode that I will summarize for season 2, brought to us by my future ex-boyfriend Frank Moore, that is right we will watch The Tale of Midnight Madness.

Until next time….Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story: The Tale of Moira’s Afraid of the Dark? (But not really) Blog number 2 of season 2.

If you want to tweet it at anyone in particular like *cough*Ross Hull or Raine Pare-Coull or Jodie Resther, *cough* to make them aware of me wanting to interview them, that would be cool. I feel that if enough people tweet at them or Facebook them, they will think it is a good idea. As a thank you, I will upload a video of me doing the nea nea and if you all help me get all three, I will upload a video of me singing He Mele No Lilo in full Hawaiian (since I took 2 years of the language). Mahalo for your continued support in this endeavor. Please help my dream come true!

Photo credit: google images Locker 22 title card  Julie  Candy  Chris

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