TOWER PREP “Dreams” Review

Tower Prep (Cartoon Network) - Dreams

TOWER PREP “Dreams” Episode 9 – Dreams are the dark paths Ian and his friends walk in this week’s episode of TOWER PREP. When it turns out that the gang all shared a dream of a yellow elevator deep in the depths of the school, they set out to discover what’s there. They locate the elevator in time to see the arrival of a new student, and quickly figure out that the yellow elevator is the portal that students enter the school through. The next morning, just by coincidence…

Oh, yeah, you knew that was coming. The student they see arriving just happens to become Ian and Gabe’s new roommate, Connor, and then the question becomes is he one of them or is he a Headmaster plant? The mystery deepens when they find a way into the yellow elevator and discover the room where they all seem to pass through on the way to the school, a place full of frightening medical instruments and a machine that, as Gabe unwittingly demonstrates, erases the memory.

“Dreams” has a refreshing amount of humor. Tower Prep has always had a wonderfully light feeling to it, despite the “heavy” nature of some of the subject matter, but in “Dreams” they seems to have really hit their stride with the balance between drama and humor, tossing in a light moment in what could be a fairly dark scene, when Ian and his friends discover the medical lab.

The discovery of the founder of Tower Prep added an interesting element into the storyline, and again, that humor was present in the narrative of his life, even though there were definite dark spots in the story. I was right there with the gang, and new member Connor, as they wonder just what Cornelius Tower had in mind for them and how he was betrayed.

What I enjoy most about the show is the ability to pull me along with the story. I know I’ve said that before, but it really is a rare thing. And “Dreams” pulled me along, sucked me in and at the end I even yelped a little. After Ian’s final dream, I was expecting a bombshell and I got it. Oh, boy. Now the “where they go with it” has my mind running in a thousand different directions. This is a great episode. It has everything, humor, drama and little dark streak that I really like. The whole idea of medical experimentation that was hinted at was handled delicately enough to make it watchable and not gruesome or horrifying, which can happen even if nothing is shown.

This is the most “not to be missed” episode of Tower Prep yet and now I am having palpitations. According to the previews next week is a two hour “event”. We all know about those. In “events” big things happen and if they can cram as much goodness as they did into “Dreams” into an hour, what will they do in two? Is it next week? Now? Now???