Are You Afraid of the Dark Review: The Tale of the Quicksilver

How about another episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark?  Excellent idea, right?

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We begin with Tucker once again annoying everyone.  This time he’s got a magic flute from his father’s store, and is playing it terribly.  So Gary and Tucker’s father own a magic shop?  I think it’s fair to speculate that their father is who Sardo is based off of.  Anyways, Kiki has a story about magic, but apparently she isn’t important enough to star in the introduction.  Kiki tosses some powdered milk on the fire and begins.  Submitted for the approval of The Midnight Society, she calls this story…

We begin with Will Smith’s cousin Ashley, practicing what appears to be a voodoo ritual.  Perhaps it’s a spell to get Carlton to stop obsessing over Tom Jones.  Whatever the case, I doubt Uncle Phil would approve.  She appears to succeed in her ritual, and manages to summon some sort of demon to her room.

It’s probably just Jazz in a disguise, trying to sneak in.

It ignores her commands however, and Ashley panics, knocking over some candles and setting her curtains on fire.  She tries to leave the room, but her door slams shut, trapping her inside, as the fire spreads and the creature closes in.

We cut to present day, and a new family moving into the home.  If one of the kids looks like The Midnight Society’s Frank (Friend of the site Jason Alisharan) it’s because it’s his younger brother, Kyle.  Kyle plays Aaron, the older brother of Doug, who appears to be playing the role of annoying child in this episode.  On their first night sleeping in their new room, the boys are awoken by their beds violently shaking.  Things calm down when they turn off the lights, but they discover all their things have been piled up in the corner.  Neither can figure out who, or what caused it, but there is a clue left on the wall.

Oh no! Quailman has turned evil!

The next day at school, Aaron bumps into Ashley, who seems to have survived the fire.  Aaron has the typical rough first day as the new kid in school.  He makes an awkward first impression by causing everyone’s papers to fly off their desks, then later his desk levitates on its own, before crashing to the floor.

We’ve all been there.

It’s not all bad, however, as he runs into Ashley again and she compliments him on his silver necklace.  This interaction is enough for Doug to assume he’s got a girlfriend, a fact that Aaron vehemently denies, because girls are icky, I guess.  Later that evening, Aaron has a dream in which he sees Ashley performing the same ritual from the beginning of the episode.  This time though, she takes a moment to inform Aaron that she did the ritual wrong, prompting Aaron to wake up screaming.

He explains his nightmare to Doug, who’s become increasingly sick as the episode progresses, but before he can get too in depth, they both watch as Aaron’s necklace is pulled across the room by an invisible force.  Following the necklace, they discover a hidden compartment in their wall, containing a burned yearbook.  The boys look on in awe as the book opens by itself, ultimate ending on a page featuring two girls who looks just like Ashley.

Clearly Quailman has marked her for death. These are dark times indeed.

They don’t have time to analyze things, as they’re interrupted by the creature Ashley had summoned.  They react by screaming for their parents, who quickly arrive right after the creature has vanished.  Their parents of course think Aaron was just scaring Doug with ghost stories and Doug’s fever has caused his to hallucinate.  Really though, it’s just making him look more and more like Ralph Macchio in The Outsiders.

Stay gold Pony Boy!

The next day at school, Aaron asks Ashley about a girl named Laura Turner.  As it turns out, it’s her dead twin sister.  It also turns out that asking about a girl’s dead twin sister is a really bad way to get into her pants, as Ashley begins to storm off.  Aaron stops her and explains the yearbook, and that he now lives in their old house.  Ashley reveals that Laura thought the house was haunted by an evil spirit, but no one believed her, as she was running a high fever at the time.  Laura took it upon herself to rid the house of the ghost with a book of magic, but I guess you could say that plan went down in flames!  Get it?  Because she died in a fire.

If you thought that was insensitive, you’ll love the guilt trip Aaron lays on Ashley to get her to help him.  He mentions that she died when Ashley didn’t believe her the first time.  Aaron definitely has a way with the ladies.  Sadly enough, that ploy works and Ashley agrees to help.  Together they head back to the house, where Doug has discovered that Laura’s spirit is now a quicksilver, a helpful spirit trying to protect him against the evil one.  Together, they perform the same ritual Laura did, and summon the evil spirit into the room.  However, once again, the spirit seems completely unfazed and makes his way towards Doug with a look on his face that I can only describe as “Sandusky-ish”

The spirit grabs Doug and disappears, while Aaron and Ashley franticly try to figure out what went wrong.  Almost immediately though, the spirit returns, apparently not fulfilled by just having just one child.  See?  Sandusky-ish.  While the spirit closes in, Aaron realized that the spoon on the end of the wand they have isn’t silver, as the spell calls for, and replaces it with his necklace.  With the required materials in place, they’re able to stop the spirit in it’s tracks and trap it within an amulet.

With the spirit trapped, Doug returns, excited by his journey and no longer deathly ill.  Ashley meanwhile, encounters Laura’s spirit and apologizes for not believing her.  Laura seems like she forgives her, and she should, as she’s the one who was too stupid to realize she wasn’t using real silver.  She could have easily gotten Ashley killed as well.

And that’s how she became the cousin of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.


The End


Let’s see: Good use of the celebrity guest appearance as well.  The ghost looked creepy, the effects weren’t bad and Doug managed to not be incredibly annoying.  I’d call this a solid all around episode of AYOTD.  Then again, the ghost episodes always seem to be best.  This was another from Season 3, which definitely makes a strong case for being the best season of the series.  If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out all the other reviews I’ve done in the Are You Afraid of the Dark Review Index.


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4 thoughts on “Are You Afraid of the Dark Review: The Tale of the Quicksilver

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