T.V. Series Review: The Magic School Bus Rides Again Season 1

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The Magic School Bus Rides Again Season 1 Summary

Season 1, Episode 1: Frizzle of the Future

It’s a new year in Walkerville Elementary, but to the kids’ surprise, Ms. Frizzle (now Professor Frizzle) has gotten a PhD and retired (foreshadowed in the original series episode, “Works Out”). However, Arnold is nervous that the new teacher, Professor Frizzle’s sister, will alter the class “ecosystem”. Meanwhile, the new student, Jyoti, wonders how she will fit in to this “ecosystem”.

Season 1, Episode 2: Pigs in the Wind

Keesha is directing her classmates in a play about a sequel to “The Three Little Pigs”. However, she becomes nervous about the level of realism after learning that Arnold’s cousin, Janet, plans to review the play on her blog. Upon hearing this, Ms. Frizzle takes the class to a forest where the wind-resistant properties of trees can be seen firsthand.

Season 1, Episode 3: In the Swim

While most of Ms. Frizzle’s class is thrilled to go on a field trip to Hawaii, Wanda longs for a trip that can help conservation efforts. Searching underwater, she finds a lone fish and becomes concerned about its ability to survive. Ms. Frizzle responds by giving everyone a close-up look at how fish evade predators deeper in the ocean.

Season 1, Episode 4: The Battle for Rock Mountain

Tim is drawing a comic to be preserved in Walkerville’s time capsule. Asking the others for inspiration, Arnold provides a character named Captain Rock Man, while Ralphie suggests that he could get into a battle with Weatherman, his persona in the original series episode, “Kicks Up a Storm”.. The other students are gradually worked into the comic as they learn more about the various transformations rocks can undergo.

Season 1, Episode 5: The Magnetic Mambo

During a talent show rehearsal, the dance numbers are not up to Ralphie’s standard. Ms. Frizzle likens this to the random arrangement of atoms in Ralphie’s whistle and shrinks the students so that they can go inside. After they visit a deposit of magnetite, they go inside again and see a more orderly arrangement since the whistle is paramagnetic.

Season 1, Episode 6: Carlos Gets the Sneezes

In a throwback to the original series episode, “Inside Ralphie”, Carlos brings a rat as the class pet, but then he starts sneezing uncontrollably. As Miss Fiona and the class investigate inside Carlos’s immune system, they find that Carlos is being exposed to something that is giving him allergies. At first, they believe it’s the rat, but later they discover it was pollen that got stuck in the rat’s fur.

Season 1, Episode 7: Hides and Seek

During a school-wide hide and seek game, Ms. Frizzle’s students are concerned about a proficient player and ask for advice on how to hide from her. Leaving Tim, Jyoti and Ralphie in the game, the others travel to the rainforest and relay what they learn about camouflage in real time.

Season 1, Episode 8: Three in One

Jyoti is trying to think of a project idea for a competition called “Gizmos That Go”. Ms. Frizzle takes her and her classmates inside an ice cube so that they can see what happens when it melts and then boils. Inspired by this, Jyoti’s entry becomes a bumper cars ride with three phases.

Season 1, Episode 9: Space Mission: Selfie

Before an upcoming game, Walkerville Elementary is unable to broadcast footage of its soccer field due to a malfunctioning satellite apparently owned by the Frizzle family. When the class goes into orbit to investigate, Keesha considers it a perfect opportunity to put the finishing touches on her application to astronaut camp. While trying to get a selfie, she accidentally destroys other satellites which makes the mission more complicated

Season 1, Episode 10: The Tales Glaciers Tell

Dorothy Ann is eager to impress her parents in an upcoming storytelling performance. When she and her classmates travel to a glacier, Ms. Frizzle teaches them that each of its layers holds a record of the past. This provides inspiration for a story about carbon dioxide levels.

Season 1, Episode 11: Ralph Strikes Nerve

In a remake of the original series episode, “Flexes Its Muscles”, Ralphie urges his classmates to build a cheer-leading robot to help in a volleyball game against Janet’s team. Although Ms. Frizzle is able to have the chassis built quickly, the students observe Jyoti’s brain in order to get the idea to co-ordinate its movements with pneumatic tubes. To prevent Ralphie from getting tired, they build a second command center for Keesha to control the autonomic functions.

Season 1, Episode 12: Monster Power

Ms. Frizzle takes the class to go camping, but Arnold brings along several lights, because he is afraid that a horror film he recently watched will come true. Since there is no electricity grid nearby, Arnold and his classmates learn how to harness wind and water currents for the purpose of powering the lights.

Season 1, Episode 13: DA and the Deep Blue Sea

While preparing to write a blog post about the ocean, Dorothy Ann gathers data with an advanced locket belonging to Jyoti’s grandmother. When her fishing line breaks, and she loses the locket, Ms. Frizzle turns the bus into a submarine in order to help find it. Along the way, the students learn about undersea life and different depths.

The Magic School Bus Rides Again Season 1 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Love that this show is back. Wonderful lessons for kiddos.

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