Nobody is Safe | The Hardy Boys Review

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

There may be spoilers.

The new The Hardy Boys show on Hulu finds the brothers, Joe and Frank, in the middle of a conspiracy over their mother’s death.

The acting is well done. The costumes look as if they came out of the 1980s. The lighting is not frightening but also has a mysterious vibe to it. There are times when everything is well lit and others where you feel lost in the dark; however, sometimes it is almost too dark and you can’t see what is happening.

You always feel like the characters could be killed or harmed. There aren’t many moments where it feels like everyone is safe–the show is constantly suspenseful. There are happy, safe moments but when the action happens you worry about each person. Also, the action has a tendency to arrive unexpectedly. For instance, in one scene, Joe is buying a candy bar, and he is grabbed by a thief. You never know when the action will strike.

At times the soundtrack is too loud. In the first episode, the music is playing louder than the speaking, so there was about five minutes where I couldn’t hear what was happening. 

I like how each of the side characters feel suspicious. Frank and Joe say that their group of friends are trustworthy, yet you can see hints of how each could betray them. For example, Chet is worried about his family’s farm, which is failing, and he becomes jealous of all the time his girlfriend, Callie, and Frank are spending together. There are many clues that anyone at anytime could be a traitor, or they could make a selfish mistake that puts everything at risk.

The Hardy Boys provides enough twists, suspense, and action to keep you guessing but not so much that it’d traumatize younger audiences. They also do a good job of not frustrating you with their twists and cliffhangers. When one question is answered there is another question to replace it. The show feels like it is always moving forward. It doesn’t feel like they are trying to pad for time or draw out conclusions to keep your interest. 4.9/5

Have you seen The Hardy Boys? What do you think about it? Do you like the books better? Have you read any of the books? Reply in the comments below.

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Infinity Train Episodes 1-2 (Spoilers and Theories)

Here’s the complete playlist: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Infinity Train is a (as of now) mini-series airing on Cartoon Network from Aug. 5-9. For now, it is ten 11 minute episodes. Each night two episodes will air. The show is also available on the Cartoon Network app.

In the first two episodes, Tulip is on her way to coding camp. She is already working on a video game similar to Space Invaders. Unfortunately, her divorced parents are unable to take her at the last minute. She decides to make her own way there. Soon, she discovers a train. Upon entering, she is transported to a seemingly endless train where each car contains its own–and sometimes bizarre–universe. She needs to make her way to the Conductor in order to leave.

The first episode gives us a few theories to work with. Tulip meets a round robot that can divide itself called One-One. One side is depressive while the other is more upbeat. Both are pretty naive. One-One is looking for its “mother,” which it doesn’t know who she is or what she looks like. Since Tulip is a coder and interested in video games, it is possible that she is One-One’s “mother.” She could either create the robot as a video game character or as an actual robot.

The next big theory that I have comes from what happens after Tulip tries to escape the train. Outside the cars is a desolate wasteland. She soon runs into a cockroach-like creature that can age people/suck out their souls. It would seem like Tulip has been transported to the future, but I think the train cars are actual other worlds–either imaginary or real–with the train as some sort of hub or container. I am thinking that the train is more symbolic like the place is a dreamworld or the mind. The soul-sucking roaches might be things that cause us to give up on our dreams; they kill us on the inside.

More evidence to my dreamland theory shows up in the second episode. On Tulip’s hand is a glowing number. In the first episode it is 115, but it changes to 114 in the second. The thing is it doesn’t change during her “fails” through the other cars. She has trouble in the crossword, evil plant, and pinball worlds, but the number stays the same. It only changes after she yells at One-One for causing her trouble.

If One-One is her creation and she yells at it, and later tries to sell him/it in order for a way off the train, her dropping a “health point” could mean she’d been tempted to give up on her dreams. She states that all she wanted was to get off the train; she is willing to give up on going to camp (i.e. give up on her dreams) in order to escape.

When Tulip asks One-One what happens if the number reaches zero, One-One says she’ll be gone. He doesn’t say she’ll die–Tulip assumes she’ll die. There are other ways “to be gone,” such as giving up on your dreams or just simply getting kicked off the train. In the first episode, we do see someone getting vaporized by a strange light, but we don’t know if the person was killed or just transported away.

For now, my theory is that the Infinity Train is some kind of dreamland filled with imagination (possibly other worlds). People are brought there to come up with ideas, fight for their ideas, or learn some lesson–this part I haven’t completely figured out. It does seem the main point of Tulip’s story is her fight for her dreams. It is almost like she is deciding something–maybe does she continue running away or does she return to her family.

What’s your theory? Let me know in the comments.

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