Strange Days At Blake Holsey High

So the girlfriend has gotten me into this weird kids’ show that has some SF-ish elements. Can an educational (maybe) show count as SF? (Heck, Doctor Who started as educational, but that went out the window pretty quickly…)

Strange Days at Blake Holsey High airs at noon Eastern time on NBC Saturday mornings, in the same block of programming as “Tutenstein” (a cartoon about a reanimated Egyptian pharaoh) and “Endurance” (Survivor for kids). (It also airs several times during the week on Discovery Kids, for those with satellite or digital cable.) But it’s actually a fun little show, complete with a slowly-developing story arc.

Our protagonist is Josie Trent, a stereotypical redheaded skateboarding punk (or at least as punk as you can be and still get a Y7 rating). There’s the usual teenage angst regarding whether to hook up with science nerd Lucas or ultrajock Vaughn. Also, there are mysterious “wormholes,” stopwatches that really stop time, shrinking students, dangerous snack bars, and an evil conspiracy involving Vaughn’s dad, Josie’s mom, and a creepy janitor.

Somewhere near the school is — or, rather was — Pearadyne Labs, where they apparently worked on warping time and space, or time control, or something sinister and creepy. The evil overlord is Victor Pearson, who (just to make things even more angst-ridden) is Vaughn’s dad.

The show does a pretty good job of mixing “Science Lite” with the story. While detailing Einstein’s Twin Paradox, Josie is hyper-accelerated (like in at least one episode of Star Trek), and uses this power to sneak into Victor Pearson’s mansion and investigate a “power source of unlimited potential” that might usable for time travel.

Anyone else familiar with this show? (Or maybe “Scout’s Safari,” which airs immediately after, featuring a young New York girl transplanted to South Africa, who has some sort of Dr. Doolittle ability to read animals’ minds?) Do they count as SF?
For that matter, any other odd hidden gems out there on TV that we should know about?

4 replies on “Strange Days At Blake Holsey High”

  1. A guilty pleasure of mine for a while
    I’ve been watching it from a year or so, when I started watching it at the Y saturday mornings while working out, and it grew on me so much, that I watch even when I’m at home.

    Some of the episodes have been dreck science wise (while trying to explain a scientific principle they break several others), and to often things are solved by everyone solving their social problem of the week. And the current love triangle is annoying (If I wanted that I’d watch smallville, besides she should choose lucas).

    But is still has a charm and whenever Victor or the Janitor (I’m still not sure what side he’s on) are on it gets really interesting.

    • Re: A guilty pleasure of mine for a while
      Although shows like this often aren’t seen as “real” science fiction they play an important role in shaping young kids minds. My son is six and enjoys these types of shows and from that interest I’ve moved him on to Doctor Who and evenually Farscape (think that one can wait a few more years).

      One of his favorite movies is Clockstoppers. Horrible science fiction if you ask me. But then I realized that these types of shows and movies aimed towards kids are what is needed to bring new generations of kids in to the genere.

      Just my 2 cents.

  2. Hi
    My name is Jasmine. I was wondering how to contact the cast of Strange Days at Blake Holsey High? Your show is so cool!!

    • Re: Hi

      My name is Jasmine. I was wondering how to contact the cast of Strange Days at Blake Holsey High? Your show is so cool!!

      Hi Jasmine, and anyone else who’s interested in Strange Days at Blake Holsey High :)

      Try going to the StrangeDays messageboard at:

      Some people there have contact addresses for the cast, & the cast themselves have been known to post there from time to time, including Michael Seater (Lucas), Noah Reid (Marshall), & Jeff Douglas (Professor Z). Not forgetting the show’s creator Jim Rapsas…

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