Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tower Prep

I'm bored and writing a review and there's nothing you can do about it!

Cartoon Network has held many of our favorite childhood cartoons with clever little plots and stories that entertained us for hours of our lives, but recently they've begun creating live action shows. Two or three of these were reality shows, such as "Hole in the Wall" (which is a blatant ripoff of a segment from a Japanese game show) and "Destroy Build Destroy," that pits two teams of prepubescent teenagers against eachother as they destroy a vehicle or some other large object, and build their own vehicles out of the debris, the Franken-mobiles, as I like to call them, having the only objective of destroying the other team's vehicle. Anyway, back to the point. From their two most (apparently) promising shows: "Unnatural History" and "Tower Prep," the latter surprisingly kept the interest (while the other just got canceled)

So, Tower Prep, a school-themed mystery that slowly unravels while taking the audience on a roller coaster ride of plot twists and curiosity. The main character is Ian Archer, who's backstory shows that he was suspended (presumably not for the first time) for protecting his weaker friend from a bully. Ignoring his frustrations in a video game, he hears a mysterious buzzing associated with another player, "Whisper119." He then wakes up in a private school apparently in the middle of nowhere, where he was placed due to his unique ability, dubbed "preflex," to see some seconds into the future which makes him an excellent combatant. 

The creators waste no time in the pilot as they quickly introduce his motivations for leaving and his trusted circle, which consist of a girl with no (apparent) past who can read people's emotions, a young geeky boy with the ability of persuasion (seriously, persuasion), and a girl from a family that owns a tech company who can impersonate voices (too well).

Being only 12 episodes long, there is no filler. This makes every episode as important than the last which is one of the biggest selling points as there is no bullshit. Everything ties up nicely in the end with a Cliffhanger that keeps you  eagerly wanting the second season. I have to admit, I didn't really expect this show to be what it was, but I sure as hell enjoyed it.


  1. Sounds interesting, but I don't know how I feel about cartoon network doing live action shows.

  2. cartoon networks is pretty solid all around