Friday, August 28, 2015
Every Haunting Hour Ever #10: Alien Candy
Original Airdate: February 19, 2011
Director: Neill Fearnley
Judging by the title of today's episode, the premise is going to involve you guessed it Betty White! Wait... This episode has NO Betty White!? Well then, I guess I just wasted everyone's time.
Walt (Grayson Russell) and his best friend Tim are sixth graders who are obsessed with aliens. When two strange eighth graders named Bonnie (Jessica McLeod) and Greg (Matthew Knight) ask Walt to join their secret alien club, he eagerly accepts. However, it turns out that Bonnie and Greg are real aliens that only wanted Walt to join so they could eat him.
One of the things that makes this episode good are the characters. While they aren't too complex, they still manage to be likable and make the audience want to see them come out okay by the end of the episode.
Unfortunately, that's where the good stuff ends.
The biggest issue I have with this episode is that there are just one too many plot holes for me to fully get into the story. For example, when the aliens drug Walt, they start to eat him only for them to realize that they're allergic to people with red hair. Wait a minute! So you're telling me that NONE of the aliens noticed the colour of Walt's hair? Even though they have met up with him a couple of times in broad daylight and neither one of them had visual impairments! Another example would be when Bonnie tells Walt not to speak up about the club or she'll fry him. Then the aliens approach Tim to join the club so they can have some quote on quote "Indian food". Earlier in the episode however, the aliens said he wasn't good enough for their club. So which is it? Do the aliens like Tim or not? C'mon writers! This isn't a Choose Your Own Adventure book! Pick one or the other!
Overall, Alien Candy is definitely not my cup of tea. Granted it's not the worst episode of the series but it's not really an episode I can recommend if you get distracted by plot holes. Had the script been given a couple more rewrites, this may have been a stronger episode. However, as is, it feels quite underwhelming.
Overall Grade: C-