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This interesting series is the story of a teenage girl Christina [I do not know if it is intentional irony that her name is derived from `Christ'], mysteriously washed up on the beach of a small town on the east coast of the USA with only a vague story about where she has come from. She is allowed to stay with a local family and begins to mix with the local teenagers until people begin to notice that strange events cluster around her. Christina herself begins to realise and use her developing unnatural powers, sometimes unintentionally, sometimes deliberately.
She realises there is something dangerous about her powers, which Satanic strangers hope to use for sinister ends.
Christina tries at first to stay on the side of good and to find friends and allies to help her. However the increasing suspicion with which she is understandably viewed even by those closest to her, once they realise there is something dangerous and not of this world about her, mean that Christina is rejected. Being a little young to cope on her own, she is left feeling there is nowhere for her except on the side of evil.
`Point Pleasant' was intended by the Fox Network as a more popular mid-season replacement for the excellent, but prematurely cancelled due to minority appeal, supernatural series of a very different kind Tru Calling - The Complete Series [DVD], starring Eliza Dushku. According to Wikipedia many of the crew of Tru Calling transferred to Point Pleasant.
In fact Point Pleasant got even lower ratings than Tru Calling and was prematurely cancelled as well, although the 12 episodes that were made still make for a series of a decent length that the writers were able to bring to a dramatic finale, even if it is perhaps not quite how they originally intended to end the series.
The leading writer/ producer on Point Pleasant Marti Noxon was previously right hand woman to Joss Whedon in his ground breaking series `Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and its spawn `Angel'. Out of Joss's shadow, Marti fails to come up with anything so exceptional, here, but she does produce a good series well worth watching.
Like many series 'Point Pleasant' takes a little while to introduce the characters and get into its stride. If after the first episode you wonder if it is little more than a teenage soap opera with the odd supernatural sensation thrown in, do not stop watching yet. There soon turns out to be more to it than that.
While none of the characters in Point Pleasant are as explosively memorable as several in Buffy or Angel, the cast of Point Pleasant, most of them previously unknown to me, are good in their roles, especially Dina Meyer as Amber, a scheming Estate Agent (or `Realtor' as they call them in the USA) with designs on someone else's husband; Cameron Richardson as Amber's daughter Paula, Aubrey Dollar as Christina's friend with whose family Christina lodges, and Grant Show as an agent of Satan out to claim Christina for the forces of darkness.
Elizabeth Harnois in the lead role of Christina is good rather than outstanding, but it seems unfair that she does not (so far, at time of writing) seem to have found any other major roles.
`Point Pleasant' is what you might get by crossing the American teenage heroine in coastal town series Veronica Mars: The Complete Collection [DVD] with the British supernatural sixth form drama Hex: Season 1 [DVD] . All of these deserve to be better known than they are. To anyone who has seen and liked any one of these series, or the others I mentioned earlier in this review, I recommend trying the others, but they are all different and each have to be taken on their own terms.