26 April 2017 | SnoopyStyle
good sci-fi premise
Alana (Katherine Cullen) lives in an utopian community in year 3000 Australia. Her guardian Tulista travels back in time to investigate a disaster in 2500 which destroyed much of the world. She is taken prisoner by criminal Silverthorn (John Howard) returning back to 3000. In a struggle, Silverthorn takes Alana and the time capsule back to 1990. Alana with her transducer headband and computer wristband PJ is taken in by Jenny Kelly (Melissa Marshal) and her bratty little brother Petey (James Marshall Findlay). Jenny's mother, divorced shopkeeper Irene (Helen O'Connor), enrolls Alana as her niece Alana Turner. Mr Rooney (Andrew Clarke) is a teacher. Silverthorn suffers from a brain tumor and has stolen the time capsule with his minion Eddie. The capsule is on a timer to return to 3000 and Alana is desperate to find it.
I kinda remember this show back in the day although I doubt that I actually saw it. I just remember the girl with the headband. There are two series of 12 half-hour episodes. The first series starts with a solid sci-fi premise. The girl is awkwardly naive although she is a 14 year old from the year 3000. Sometimes, the writing gets a little clunky like going to the media. I don't understand why Silverthorn would return the time capsule if the group goes public. A social worker turning a girl over to her father willy-nilly is also problematic. She could be a victim of abuse. The least she could do is call in the cops. It should be a simple kidnapping out of the facility instead. Nevertheless, the writing is good enough especially for a children's program. The second series titled "Tomorrow's End" has Alana going back to 3000 and 2500. She gets separated from Jenny and the plot gets a bit muddled.
The production is low budget Australian TV. It has its charms in the first series. The girls are good and John Howard is a scary villain. The second series struggles. Most of the 2500 setting looks cheap. A dystopian world needs dollars to look good. The second series also splits up the cast which diffuses the tension. It should have kept Alana and Jenny together. Their reunion is forced and the time traveling logic is bent out of shape. The adults not believing in Silverthorn also gets tiresome after having already saved the world from his villainy.