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Children of the Dog Star - Power Stop

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1984

PG
Parental Guidance

After adapting Maurice Gee classic Under the Mountain for TV, writer Ken Catran wrote his own tale of teen extraterrestrial contact. While holidaying with relatives in the country astronomy-mad Gretchen discovers that a farm weathervane has mysterious powers. In this second episode of the girl-power sci-fi series, the weathervane does strange things to cars and appliances; and Gretchen and local scallywag Ronny discover a secret in a tapu swamp threatened by development. Actors Zac Wallace and Roy Billing feature, and future weatherman Jim Hickey cameos.

Well ... you're quite a mystery, but I'm going to find out what you are. Because Gretchen Josephine Kierney never gives up.
– Gretchen (Sarah Dunn) to the mysterious weather vane

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