Secrets of Sulphur Springs on Disney Channel and Disney+ (spoilers after first post)

You guys. I just binge-watched the entire 11-episode Disney series, Secrets of Sulphur Springs, in one go, and I have to say it’s an amazing watch. It’s a mystery/thriller/ghost story, with some twists that I’ll talk about after this opening post.

Did anyone else watch it?

At the conclusion of the first episode, we’re thrown for a loop when we discover that the nuclear fallout shelter in the back of the Fremont Hotel is home to a time machine that sends Griffin and Harper back to 1990. They find the camp where Savannah had spent her summer, and their goal is to solve the mystery of her disappearance and save her life (though, probably because it’s a Disney Channel series, no one ever actually says that they think Savannah may have been killed).

We really enjoyed it. I’m thinking the pitch was Back to the Future meets Stranger Things.

I was very surprised by how well done the show was. Disney Live Action shows are notoriously stupid. This was well done and really well paced.

I mentioned it at the end of this thread. Because it is–pretty much–a BTtF in 1990. And as for what was changed in the culture and fashion between eras was–pretty much nothing? I mean, Disney didn’t dig into the differences in media culture between the time periods like they could have, but the kids slipped into the past pretty much transparently, and even though they made a point of wearing different clothes, their normal clothes would have fit in just fine.

True; I suppose the biggest difference was when Griffin brought his tablet with him, which had the media reports of Savannah’s disappearance on it, to try and convince her to trust him. Unfortunately, the jolt drained the battery (or possibly ruined the device altogether).

Griffin was in for a bigger shock when they went back to 1960 and Harper wasn’t allowed inside the hotel. It took bewildering naivete on his part to fight that as long as he did. He didn’t remember, at first, that he was, you know, in 1960 Louisiana.

He was a kid from Chicago, that sort of racism was just not part of his life experience to that point. I can accept it.