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I fell in love with dragons when I read Tea With the Black Dragon, and never looked back. Not the clunky winged Medieval dragons that ate cows, the graceful Asian dragons that could fly without wings. Later I discovered the elegant Welsh dragons, red and white, as described by R.J. Stewart in his books on the historical Merlin.
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  1. John T. Wheeler says:

    Great Show! It’s teenage drama without the WB angst.While, I am a very big fan of such things as Buffy, it’s nice to see a teenager drama that’s just fun.It has a a lot of heart and it’s well written. And that has always been my biggest criteria for watching a show to begin with.Jonathan Schiff is one of my favourites, He was the one who produced “Ocean Girl” an award-winning children’s drama that was on 4 years back in 1994-98.But another very strong part of any of his shows is friendship and loyalty. The girls who are now mermaids might not have been friends if it weren’t for being mermaids, but they stick together. They also have the support of Lewis, a boy who has feelings for Cleo but both are too awkward for the expression of it, but he’s got their back against those that try to expose them. Together, they are a team. They are friends. And they’d sacrifice everything for each other.[...]

  2. K. Harris "Film aficionado" says:

    An Amusing Youth-Oriented Australian Import About Ordinary Girls Channeling Their Inner Fish Targeted primarily at young girls under the age of thirteen, “H2O: Just Add Water” has a goofy and appealing premise that will tap into your love of mermaids. You do love mermaids, don’t you? Three sixteen year olds discover a mysterious glowing pool of water through an underwater channel that will upend their lives irrevocably. This adventure has long range repercussions as each of the girls find themselves transformed into a mermaid! Needless to say, they must avoid contact with the sea to keep their flippers a secret. There is plenty of humor surrounding these changes, but the show never really addresses the fundamental questions that you really care about. What happens when it rains? As if this wasn’t enough, though, they also have other powers over water as well. Rikki (Cariba Heine) can boil water, Cleo (Phoebe Tonkin) can manipulate it, and Emma (Claire Holt) can freeze it. That would be useful at a party, huh?”H2O: Just Add Water” ran for three seasons in Australia and has been shown more recently on Nickelodeon stateside. Season One consists of 26 episodes (each approximately 24 minutes) for a total of almost eleven hours over the 4 DVD set. This release also has a edited 90 minute film that puts together the most salient plot points of Season One in a singular feature. This Bonus film is nice, I suppose. But after watching a full season, I’m not really sure who would be interested in the recap!Basically, the show plays out as you might expect. It is really about how the girls adjust to their powers, how they try to evade being caught, and how they try to appear normal. They want to do all the things an ordinary teenager would do, so the show deals with relationships, friendships, families, and school amidst the more fantastical mayhem. There is a lot of heart and a lot of humor with numerable one-liners you might be tempted to start quoting. The early part of the season revolves around discovery, and later episodes have more to do with evasion especially as a local boy starts to get too close to the secret.Since “H2O: Just Add Water” debuted, two of its stars have made an impact on teen-centric programming in the United States. Claire Holt is currently one of the originals (Rebekah) on CW’s hit “The Vampire Diaries” after an appearance on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” and Phoebe Tonkin has starred in CW’s “The Secret Circle” as well as a recent appearance also on “The Vampire Diaries.” And if you’re a fan of these ladies, this is definitely something that you might want to check out. If you’ve never heard of the show and it sounds like it might interest you, I’d urge you to give it a shot. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The intent of the program is to be fun, and that it is. KGHarris, 2/13.

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