tek's rating: ¼

Secrets of Sulphur Springs, on Disney Channel
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A 12-year-old boy named Griffin Campbell moves with his parents, Ben and Sarah, and his younger twin brother and sister Wyatt and Zoey, from Chicago to the town of Sulphur Springs, Louisiana. Ben has bought a run-down old motel called the Tremont, where he used to stay summers when he was a kid. Now he wants to fix the place up and reopen it. Meanwhile, on his first day of school, Griffin befriends a girl named Harper Dunn. He learns about rumors that the Tremont is haunted by the ghost of a girl named Savannah Dillon, who had been a camper at Camp Tremont, not far from the Tremont Hotel, thirty years ago (in 1990), and who had mysteriously disappeared. Zoey and Wyatt explore the hotel trying to find evidence of Savannah's ghost. Meanwhile, Harper and Griffin discover an underground bunker that's accessible through the basement of the Tremont. And the bunker has a hatch leading to the surface, which transports them to 1990. They befriend Savannah, as well as young Ben, and Harper's mom, Jess. Calling themselves "Harry and Hermione", Griffin and Harper try to learn how Savannah disappeared (or died), and stop it. They keep going back and forth between 1990 and 2020, but this gets more difficult because in the present, Jess doesn't want Harper hanging out with Griffin, so she often has to sneak away to the Tremont. Jess also doesn't want either Harper or her younger brother Topher going anywhere near the Tremont, saying that bad things happen there.

Well, Harper and Griffin eventually discover that Savannah had used the hatch to travel back 30 years herself, to 1960. I don't want to say any more about Savannah right now, but I will say that even in her own time there had been stories about the Tremont being haunted. So I wondered at first if Savannah had died in 1960 instead of 1990, but... it seems there's always been a different ghost at the hotel. I also want to mention that Harper and Griffin discover a way to set the hatch's destination to different years. And in the season finale, Harper goes back in time to try and save her father, who had died in an accident when she was four years old. And there's another trip back even further in time, which appears to set up a new storyline for season two, but I'm not sure if there's going to be a second season. I kind of hope there will, because I don't want to see this story unresolved. But I'm not super-invested in the series. It's obviously made for kids at least three decades younger than me, but I still managed to find it at least somewhat entertaining. And I don't know what else to say, for now.


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