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The Secret World of Alex Mack
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Genre Science fiction
Fantasy
Teen drama
Comedy
Created by Ken Lipman
Thomas W. Lynch
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
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 78 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s) Valencia, California
Running time 22 minutes approximately
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
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. It also aired on YTV in Canada, and was a popular staple in the children's weekday line-up for much of the late '90s and early 2000's on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Repeats of the series aired in 2003 on The N, but it was soon replaced there. The show is currently not on the air in the United States. The series was produced by Thomas Lynch of Lynch Entertainment.

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Premise

Alex Mack is an ordinary teenage girl, living with her parents and older sister in the corporate town of Paradise Valley. One day, while walking from school, Alex is nearly hit by a truck from the chemical plant, and during the incident, she is drenched with a top-secret chemical called GC-161. It's not long after when Alex realizes the chemical has done something to her. She now has the power of telekinesis, can shoot electricity through her fingertips, and morph into a silver puddle. She also turns golden yellow when experiencing extreme emotions, a source of much anxiety. She confides only in her sister Annie and her best friend Raymond 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.

Main characters

  • Alexandra "Alex" Mack (Larisa Oleynik) – The main character of the show, Alex simply wants to live her life like any other teenager. Having gained superpowers during an accidental chemical spill on her first day of junior high, Alex must now struggle with both her new abilities and the daily pressures of teenage life
  • Raymond "Ray" Alvarado (Darris Love) – Alex's closest friend. Ray is someone that Alex can trust with any sort of secret, even the knowledge of her powers. Although he can be a bit troublesome at times, Ray means well, and is willing to help Alex in any way he can.
  • Anne "Annie" Mack (Meredith Bishop) – Alex's older sister, and a scientific genius in her own right. She is aware of Alex's powers, and often does tests on Alex to make sure they are under control (much to Alex's chagrin)
  • George Mack (Michael Blakley) and Barbara Mack (Dorian Lopinto) – Alex's parents, who are not aware of their younger daughter's secret. Out of fear for her parents turning her in to the Plant (which George, works for), or worse, being tortured into surrendering to Danielle Atron, Alex has decided to keep her parents in the dark about her powers.
  • Louis Driscoll (Benjamin Kimball Smith) – First appeared in season 2. Louis' personality can be described as bold. If there is ever a hair-brained idea that needs to be done, you can bet that Louis will be involved somehow.
  • Dave Watt (John Nielsen) – The dim-witted truck driver who was driving the truck that dumped the GC-161 chemical on Alex. Despite being the only witness to the incident, Dave's inability to remember Alex's face is the only thing that has kept her safe.
  • Kelly Phillips (Hilary Salvatore) – First appeared in season 2. Kelly is Alex's school rival and deviously discredits Alex at every given turn, much to Alex's dismay. Although unaware of her powers, Kelly has suspected something unusual about Alex, and has often tried to find out exactly what it is.
  • Robyn Russo (Natanya Ross) – One of Alex's neighborhood friends. Not exactly the most optimistic person, Robyn can somehow see the bad part of any situation.
  • Nicole Wilson (Alexis Fields) – Another of Alex's friends. Nicole can be something of an opposite personality to Robyn, with a take-charge attitude and strong-willed demeanor.
  • Danielle Atron (Louan Gideon) – The corrupt owner/CEO of the Paradise Valley Chemical Plant, and Alex's main nemesis. Danielle is the woman responsible for providing Paradise Valley with much of its income, and the entire town wouldn't hesitate to expose Alex as the accident victim if it meant keeping on her good side. Danielle has plans to utilize GC-161 as a weight-loss aid, and she perceives the unidentified child (Alex) as a threat.
  • Vince Carter (John Marzilli) – Whereas Danielle is the brains of the Plant's control, Vince, Chief of Plant Security, is the muscle. Vince is usually the one who Danielle sends to capture identify and capture Alex, but his plans never seem to work out, mainly due to Alex's quick wit and Dave's lack of it. Vince has all the skill and gadgetry he needs to do his job, and is relentless in his pursuit of Alex. Even when he eventually gets fired from the Plant, he still continues to try and catch Alex.
  • Lars Frederickson (Kevin Quigley) – First appeared in season 3. A skilled chemist hailing from the Plant's foreign branch in Vienna. After Vince gets fired, Lars takes over his position as Danielle Atron's closest associate. He is just as eager to profit from the Plant's GC-161 research as Danielle and is notoriously suspicious of almost everybody.
  • Hunter Reeves (Will Estes) – appeared in the show's fourth season, Hunter moves into Paradise Valley with his mother and soon learns of Alex and her powers. His visit, however, has an ulterior motive. Hunter is determined to learn the truth about the disappearence of his father from years ago and he believes that Danielle Atron may have had a hand in it.

Episodes

DVD releases

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.

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.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

The Secret World of Alex Mack is an American children's television series that aired on Nickelodeon from 1994 to 1998 and starred Larisa Oleynik as the title character who narrates the series.

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Season 1

The Accident

Alex Mack: (miserably) Let's go home.
Ray Alvarado: No can do. Band try-outs.
Alex: Band try-outs?! You're gonna join the band?
Ray: I have to try. You know my dad. The Alvarados have a history of playing in the school band. I can't break that tradition. Besides (grins slyly) maybe I'll meet some girls.
Alex: Well, I'm a girl.
Ray: Girl-type girls, Alex.
Alex: Oh. (looks away) Girl-type girls.


(Annie enters the garage as Alex is trying to clean the chemicals off her skin)
Annie Mack: Wow. Tough first day?
Alex Mack: (fretfully) Hey, Annie. I was coming home from school when this plant truck swerved, almost hitting me, and crashed (claps her hands) BAM! Right into a hydrant! Then this barrel of gold stuff spilled all over me.
Annie: Hmm... You're not clever enough to make this up.
Alex: And just now, without even doing anything (hesitates) I think I turned on the saw and the electric train set.
Annie: What?!


Annie Mack: I get the feeling that this was not some minor accident. Those plant security guys are out there, so this has got to be something big!
Alex Mack: It wasn't my fault!
Ray Alvarado: They'll blame you! Adults always do.
Annie: He's right.


Alex Mack: I'm really worried, Annie. The plant won't stop until they find me.
Annie Mack: Between my brains and your powers, that won't be too easy. Everything has changed, Alex. You were just this average kid, heading for this life of inconsequence and boredom, and now look at you.
Alex: (cheering up) I can tell you one thing. My second day of Junior High is going to be a lot different from my first.


(Danielle sits in her limosine as all the lights in Paradise Valley flash out of control due to Alex)
Danielle Atron: Have a good night's sleep, kid, 'cause you won't have 'em any more. You slipped through my fingers for now, but tomorrow is another day.

Hoop War

Shock Value

Vince Carter: ...We're going to Atron Junior High disguised as janitors. Once we infiltrate the premises, we'll go on watch to find the child.
Dave Watt: To be honest, I don't know the first thing about being a janitor, Vince.
Vince: (irritated) Well you obviously didn't know anything about being a truck driver but that didn't stop you, did it?
Dave: That’s true. OK, I’ll take a shot.
Vince: (grabs Dave’s shirt collar and pulls him in) This isn’t a matter of choice, Dave.
Dave: What does a janitor do?
Vince: It doesn’t matter! Once we get there just keep your eyes open for something unusual. Any display of extraordinary behavior or power. This child that we are looking for could possibly hold the secrets to our future on this planet!
Dave: Wow… I didn’t know being a janitor was such an exciting job!

The Videotape

(alarms are blaring throughout the Plant)
Dave Watt: (cowering behind a table) It's a meltdown! It's a meltdown!
Vince Carter: Calm down, Dave! This is a chemical plant, not a nuclear reactor!

School Dance

Science Fair

False Alarms

The Feud

Alex and Mom

Cold Day in Paradise Valley

Annie Bails

The Solo

Road Trip

Season 2

The Journal

Double Bogey

New Kid in Town

The Secret

Suspect

Pressure

The Secret World of Ray Alvarado

Rat Trap

The Gift

Ray Goes to Washington

Trophy Case

On the Rocks

Saturn

Mack TV

The Party

Carnival

Local Hero

World Without Alex

Danielle Atron: Eighteen months we've been looking for that kid. That child shouldn't have been running loose for eighteen hours. If I'd been able to experiment on that kid, I'd have a Nobel Prize by now. I'd have... a trillion dollar patent by now. I'd be running for governor by now. But instead, what have I got? An ulcer! And I love spicy food.

Nerve

Busted

Season 3

The Other Side: Part 1

The Other Side: Part 2

Working

Operation: Breakout

Images

Big Ray

New World Order

Bubbling Over

Muckracker

Bad Girl

The Understudy

Mystery Man

Barbara Mack: Sometimes in life, my darling, a little mystery is a good thing.


Alex Mack: I guess I could have a couple of secrets.


Alex Mack: Sometimes it's good to be not so popular.

Chemistry

A Room of Her Own

Spivey

Woman of the Year

Twelve and a Half

The Test

The Creeper

Triangle

Friends Like That

Lars Fredrickson: Miss Atron, I think I should admit to you that... befriending people is not one of my uh... specialties. Uh, the problem is that... I don't like... them.
Danielle Atron: Who don't you like?
Lars: People. In general.
Danielle: So get yourself a dog.

BMX

Nightmare in Paradise

Season 4

Cheers

Driving

Green Day

Camping

Ashley

Oscar

Foot Fault

The Switch

The Storm

Leaving

Senora Garcia

The Doctor

The Band

Things Change

The Return

Friendly Fire

Lies and Secrets

Without Feathers

24 Hours

Paradise Lost

Paradise Regained

(Alex is held within a quarantine tube, with Danielle watching her)
Danielle Atron: Well, you've had quite a childhood thanks to me, now haven't you. Let's see what you can do. (Alex tries to use her powers to escape, but is unable to) You are magnificent, you really are. But I've gotta tell you, your timing is so bad. One more day and I wouldn't have given you another thought.
Alex Mack: (angrily) I want you to know I hate you.
Danielle: Aww, no you don't. You just think you do.
Alex: Why are you such a selfish, greedy, horrible person? Don't you care about anybody but yourself?
Danielle: Don't you read the newspapers, young lady? America is thrilled to have GC-161 entering their lives, and is America selfish? No! And besides, even if I did tell them that the product had a couple of side effects, they wouldn't care.
Alex: There's a lot of people who know about me! My friends, my sister! And if anything happens to me, they're gonna know it's you.
Danielle: Yeah... But you didn't tell anybody about the accident, now did you? Because if you had, I'm sure I would have been stopped a long time ago, but you didn't. I guess you and your sister had your own selfish reasons for keeping it to yourself.
Alex: I wish I had told them.


(Alex arrives to meet up with her captured parents)
George Mack: Do you know what's going on here, Alex? What does Danielle want with you?
Alex Mack: I guess I'd better tell you guys something. You know that truck driver, Dave, and he told that a couple years ago there was a GC-161 accident and some kid got doused with the chemical?
George: Yeah.
Alex: Well, that's true but he didn't tell you that... that kid was me.
George: What do you mean "it was you"?
Alex: It happened on my first day of 7th grade. Annie made sure I was OK, healthwise. I just have these side effects.
Barbara Mack: What kind of side effects?
Alex: Like this. (fires some electricity) And this. (floats pen in mid air, then morphs herself, then reforms, much to her parents' shock)
George: Well, why didn't you tell us?
Alex: Because we thought if you found out, that you'd lose your job and you'd tell Danielle and they'd come after me and cut me up, I don't know. We just thought it was best.
Barbara: You thought it was best to not tell us? You thought it was better to take care of this all by yourself? What were you girls thinking about?
Alex: I'm really fine, Mom! I just have these powers!
Barbara: (remorseful) We must be the most oblivious parents on the face of the Earth.
Alex: No, it was nothing you did, I was just really careful with them, you know.
George: Didn't we bring you up with the understanding that you could tell us anything, anytime? I just don't understand, Alex we could have helped you, we could have been there for you. And I could have stopped Danielle a long time ago.
Alex: I'm sorry Dad, but it really wasn't that bad. You probably can't understand this, but it was actually kind of fun.
George: Maybe it was Alex, but look at where we are now.


(Alex confronts Dave)
Alex Mack: You knew, didn't you? You knew this whole time that it was me, but you didn't say anything because you knew I didn't want you to.
Dave Watt: Yeah.
Alex: Thanks.
Dave: You're welcome. (Alex gives Dave a hug in gratitude)


Alex Mack: So, are you still going to hang out with me even without the powers?
Ray Alvarado: Yeah. I think you're stuck with me.

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The Secret World of Alex Mack was 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. Repeats of the series aired in 2003 on The N, but it was soon replaced there. The show is currently not on the air in the U.S.


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