Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Season 1 Episode 9

The Tale of the Sorcerer's Apprentice

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 1992 on Nickelodeon
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A high school outcast, Dean, falls under the spell of an evil wizard, Goth. After his friend discovers what's going on and is the only one that knows, it's up to her to not only save Dean, but stop him from releasing the evil sorcerer.

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  • Talk about a good episode

    This was a great episode believe it or not. Chemistry I don't blame Dean for not being able to pass the test. It's a hard subject. There's so much plot and trust on the line. And one day, an archaeologist just turns Dean's life around. The septor just hypnotized him making him do something that Dr. Oliver couldn't do back then which was bring Goth back to life. This episode was rather dark for there was hardly any light. Butyric acid, excellent genius I say. Suddenly Alix can't seem to keep quiet and surely she was going to be dead. I'm surprised that she still wanted to be friends with Dean after his meanness got him. In the end, Dean's brain saves the world and Dr. Oliver has made sure that the world will be doomed again.moreless
  • Great plot and fits in with the picture

    This is one of my favorite episodes. I recorded it to my cellular and watch it during my spare time. Dean was pretty much an outcast though very cute. Linden High? Such a school and full of history too. The Goth thing in World Cultures class was classy and cleverly plotted. This episode showed Friendship is pretty important and thank goodness Alix still remained friends with Dean. I learned to love Science class and history a lot more. What I thought was a little off was the cauldron in the swimming pool. You have one jewel not a lot but yeah I loved the ending.moreless
  • This was a very interesting episode.

    I always wondered what Goth was all about and this episode makes me believe that a spirit takes over the goth kids seriously. I liked the fact that it used something that happened in 1966 and brought it to present day. The guy who played Dean looks like he played in an earlier episode. The Goth guy was really creepy looking and who would've known that chlorine would destroy him. Overall this episode was really exciting and had no boring moments, I learned a few things and now I'm running out of things to say. I loved this episode a lot.moreless
  • A dull story lead by an effeminate looking Tom Cruise.

    This, in my opinion, was the worst episode of the first season, which considering the other great episodes that season had, isn't really that bad. The acting in this one was very telegraphed and slow, and the plot was not exciting or climactic. It was just plain dull. The twist ending was, well, not very twisty. The locations were dark and creepy, but that was one of the only redeeming things about this episode. Another being the fact that almost every other episode in this entire series was pretty much brilliant. You can give the writer's a break every know and then.moreless
  • Good Episode

    I think that this episode was very good. It was a true Are You Afraid of the Dark episode. The way Alix's friend had changed was kind of scary. I think that this episode was very good for only airing in the first season. This episode kind of reminded me of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when they were bringing the Goth back to life. The ending of this episode was very good. It would have been cool if they would have made a sequel to this episode. Overall this episode was a very good episode for one of the greatest shows on Nickelodeon ever.moreless

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