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Point Pleasant
Point Pleasant title card.jpg
Series title card
Format Teen drama
Noir
Mystery
Starring see Cast
Theme music composer Danny Elfman
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Marti Noxon
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original run 02010-01-19 January 19 – October 25, 2005 (2005-10-25)

Point Pleasant is a television series that first aired on the Fox Network in January 2005. It was cancelled in March 2005 due to poor ratings.

Point Pleasant boasted many of the same crew behind the scenes as Fox's other shortly withdrawn series, Tru Calling. In fact, Point Pleasant received the greenlight just three days after production ceased on Tru Calling. 13 episodes were filmed, but due to poor ratings, Fox only aired episodes 1-8 in the United States. Episodes 9-11 aired in Sweden, all episodes appeared in New Zealand on back to back weekdays in mid 2007, all episodes aired in The Netherlands in 2008 and the last two episodes are included on the DVD release.

Much of the music featured in the series was replaced for the DVD release due to licensing issues.

The show's executive producer was Marti Noxon, who worked closely with Joss Whedon for several seasons on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For this reason, Point Pleasant initially drew in many of that show's fans, but Point Pleasant had a distinct "soapy" flavor, more in the vein of shows like Melrose Place or The O.C. than Buffy. The resulting drop in viewership eventually led to the show's cancellation. Advocates of the show, however, point to its gothic tone, its tempered, surprisingly subtle use of special effects, and the potential of the overall plotline as solid reasons the show should have stayed on the air. The plots emphasized humanity's cruelty to one another, as primal reasons for evil.

As of September 2009, episodes of the series are being shown on the Chiller network, including the episodes never aired on Fox.

Contents

Synopsis

A young girl named Christina washes up on the shore near Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey during a violent storm. After being resuscitated by lifeguard Jesse Parker, the girl is taken in by the family of a local doctor, the Kramers, and quickly befriends their teenage daughter, Judy. The show follows Christina's attempts to discover who she really is, and to learn what happened to her mother, who disappeared shortly after Christina was born.

It soon becomes apparent that Christina's presence has a strange, profound effect on the people around her. Emotions are heightened, repressed feelings and secret desires awakened, and inhibitions weakened, turning what once were friendly competitions into bitter rivalries, romantic rivals into violent enemies, and so on. And if that wasn't enough, freakish 'accidents' have a way of befalling those with whom Christina becomes angry.

Meanwhile, sinister forces have their eye on Christina, believing it is the girl's destiny, as the "child of darkness," to "bring [the world] to its knees." Christina is the child of Satan. The resulting tension between the good and evil aspects of the girl's nature, with the viewer always left in doubt as to which side she will ultimately choose, provides the basis for much of the show's conflict and suspense.

Christina is plagued by terrifying visions of death and destruction, glimpses of the dark future she seems destined to help bring about. Meanwhile, a handsome, charming stranger named Lucas Boyd arrives in town, determined to help guide Christina toward her destiny, and Jesse Parker, who has become romantically involved with Christina, discovers that he may be the only one who can prevent the girl from ushering in Armageddon. Ironically, as the 13 episodes closed, it was the continual betrayal of people who Christina cared about, and plain human cruelty, that brought out the darkness in her. If Christina "fell" into darkness, she did it not because of the evil influences around her nor her Satanic bloodline, but the supposedly good ones who betrayed her so bitterly. In the final episode, the forces of evil surprisingly win over the forces of good as Christina finally embraces her evil self, kills Jesse after a final showdown, and walks out of the ruins of Point Pleasant with the intent to bring on the end of the world, and the rest of humanity as well, while the defeated and demoralized Kramers are left to debate on what to do next.

Cast

Trivia

  • The fictional Point Pleasant, New Jersey bore little resemblance to any real town in New Jersey. The town as depicted was a mashup of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, the neighboring town of Point Pleasant Beach, the town of Seaside Heights, which is nearly 17 miles south, and the neighboring town of Bay Head with liberal doses of the OC. This was a point of contention with many local residents who protested the series both for not accurately representing the local community and for associating the towns with such a dark subject.
  • Executive Producer and Co-Creator Marti Noxon allowed several connections to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, including bringing in Adam Busch to play Wes. The two had previously worked together on Buffy, where she was a writer and producer, and he played Warren Mears, one of the sixth-season villains.
  • The 9th episode "Waking the Dead" was meant to be the last episode to air on Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 9:00 PM ET. Due to the American Idol "wrong number" incident, American Idol was shown instead. The episode was never shown on FOX, making the 8th episode "Swimming With Boyd" the last episode to air.

Episodes

Episodes Air Date Rating
1 Pilot 1/19/2005 8.46
2 Human Nature 1/20/2005 8.31
3 Who's Your Daddy 1/27/2005 8.26
4 The Lonely Hunter 2/3/2005 8.22
5 Last Dance 2/10/2005 8.50
6 Secrets and Lies 2/17/2005 8.61
7 Unraveling 3/10/2005 8.57
8 Swimming With Boyd 3/17/2005 8.81
9 Waking the Dead 4/10/2005 8.74
10 Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Choked 4/17/2005 9.10
11 Missing (When the Cat's Away) 5/10/2005 9.22
12 Mother's Day 5/17/2005 9.22
13 Let the War Commence 6/10/2005 9.36

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