"Wishology: The Big Beginning" (Fri., May 1st, 8:00pm ET)
"Wishology: The Exciting Middle Part" (Sat., May 2nd)
"Wishology: The Final Ending" (Sun., May 3rd)
Official Site: available at Nick.com
"No matter where I go, The Darkness will follow me."
So sayeth The Chosen One, an indomitably short, precariously buck-toothed young boy of unbridled enthusiasm. When the cosmic forces of ancient time resurfaces with a soul-sucking vengeance, in the world of Nickelodeon's The Fairly OddParents your options for fighting back are kind of limited. Fortunately for us, our selfish and egocentric hero is thrust into the middle of this crazy and halfway-sensible story, to fend for himself and for the rest of the world (real or fairy), less the entire Earth be swallowed up by The Darkness.
Enigmatically, so goes the TV trilogy "Wishology" -- a three-part Fairly OddParents movie event. Somehow containing almost all of the story components that have clouded the series' past eight years with pop culture wit, toilet humor, Hollywood parody, juvenile potty mouth, frail attempts at narrative reinvention, and "what if" inquiries into a 10-year-old's fantastical childhood… somehow containing all of these elements to a greater or lesser extent, in the end, "Wishology" is only moderately entertaining, and ultimately becomes just another over-exerted animated epic of an over-extended property.
The darkness, quite literally called "The Darkness," is an ancient, black nebula whose domain in the farthest reaches of outer space is all thanks to a vicious battle with the long since removed Fairy Warriors many era ago.
Apparently the greatest threat to all fairies, everywhere, ever, The Darkness was sent away with the power of the great Fairy Warriors (who now reside in the night sky, gatekeepers of interstellar peace). According to legend, should The Darkness ever return, The Chosen One shall stand up and heed the call to save human and fairykind from destruction.
Of course, Jorgen Von Strangle's mythical cave with all of the answers ("Cave of Destiny: Free Wi-Fi") depicts an old, Neanderthal drawing of a buck-toothed (albeit buff and halfway handsome) young man with "TT" inscribed on his chest, wielding an ancient fairy wand as his power source. Iit's rather obvious that one Timmy Turner of Dimmsdale is the prophesied one right? Yeah, something like that.
When yoinked from a personal adventure with Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof, Timmy is told in no uncertain terms that some generic evil presence is coming to consume all fairies and all humans, that this presence can only be defeated by an ancient, all-powerful wand, and that he must find this great wand to fulfill his destiny. As "Wishology" continues, if it weren't for the constant threat of being sucked into a black hole by indestructible robots called Eliminators and the constant memory-erasing (will Trixie ever remember actually kissing Timmy?), I'm sure Timmy would be able to handle this…
Unfortunately for our toothy hero, it's a little more difficult than just turning over a rock and unearthing The White Wand (as the mural says). But that's just the plot of the first chapter of the trilogy; the second and third, though following the same storyline of The Darkness impeding the happiness and livelihood of Earth still persists, take only marginally different approaches to making Timmy the ever-unlikely hero.