Netflix’s Pride Month special, Dead End: Paranormal Park, is a blend of heartfelt emotion with a quirky take on the horror genre. Created by Hamish Steele with art director Dommie Fox, it has all the elements of an interesting storyline. The series’ story and art respectively represent the LGBTQ+ community, with Pauline being a nod to legend Dolly Parton with her unmistakable blond hair and rustic accent. Among the demons that run the park and the rampaging ghosts, the series portrays a very caring and inclusive community that includes a group of people who are ready to accept anyone, regardless of their identity. This children’s show seems to capture the essence of love being open and inclusive. This is a good show that teaches children from a very early age to accept people and their true selves.
“Dead End: Paranormal Park” season 1: storyline
Polina, a phenomenal singer and actress, an idol of many who received many accolades throughout her life, decided to open an amusement park in honor of her heritage. This amusement park is riddled with mystery and there have been many disappearances. A mysterious amusement park called Phoenix Park posts a job opening that attracts both Barney and Norma. They compete to get a job, and when they are spotted, some paranormal activity occurs. The establishment’s manager, the demon Courtney, treats them like victims to summon the great demon Temeluch, who is accidentally trapped inside Barney’s dog, Puggsley. After a failed experiment, Norma and Barney get a job. During their work, they encounter other demons and struggle to keep the park safe.
Barney and Norma fight
Barney accepts a job at Phoenix Park to get away from his parents. Being a trans person in society is a baggage of unfounded opinions. Opinions, unfortunately, are mostly from close and dear family members. In Barney’s case, they were offended by their grandmother’s opinion that they should go back to who they once were. What hurt even more was that their parents claimed to accept them, but never stood up to their grandmother to avoid trouble. This gave Barney a bout of claustrophobia and they slowly developed a desire to leave. Even though the acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community has gained in popularity, there are still many people who do not want to accept or do not want to understand that people want to be themselves and not be someone that society has planned for them. to be. The older generations are those who stick to their rigid rules and cannot accept other people. This creates pressure and can also be traumatic for the person who already feels like an impostor in their own body.
Instead, Barney just wanted to enjoy a normal life, being who they wanted to be. Instead, they were blamed by their grandmother. Barney made the decision to escape the claustrophobic life and live on his own. This conscious decision to avoid confrontation, in order to avoid the pain lurking in their heart, manifests itself in various cases. Even when the park is threatened and vandalized by demons, Barney chooses not to return home. They were sacrificed, but they chose to stay in the castle to escape the painful reality that awaits them at home. In episode 3, Barney encounters a fear demon, where the demon almost confirms their fear of not being heard or accepted as a person. It was because of their dog, Pugsley, Courtney and Norma, that Barney could not gradually overcome this fear and return to normal life. Their brother Patrick easily accepted them, and so Barney had to help a little to give their parents a second chance.
Another person who accepted Barney was Logan Nguyen. A bright and charming guy with whom Barney was in love. Logan also loved and accepted Barney for who he is and never questioned their odd cases, such as when Barney was obsessed with Pugsley, Courtney and Norma when they tried to help Barney on a date with Logan. Although Barney decided to refuse this date in order to make amends with his parents. It was nice to see their parents trying to help them and accept them for who they are.
Norma, on the other hand, is an introverted character who deals with anxiety and fear of the real world. She finds it difficult to establish a deep connection with other people, and she is anxious when she has to meet a person or group for the first time. She is obsessed with Polina’s character because Polina radiates a grace and charm that Norma felt she lacked. At first, she was a little jealous of Barney due to their ability to make friends easily. For people with social anxiety, everyday tasks can become very difficult tasks that others may take for granted, such as shaking hands or even buying food in a public place or greetings. When fear tends to cloud the brain, it becomes very difficult for it to function. For a socially anxious person, any simple task can trigger their anxiety. In Episode 3, when Norma has to force herself to hold hands with others as a group exercise, it causes her anxiety and she tries as little as possible to avoid the situation.
She may also be on the autism spectrum because she prefers everything in a routine and is addicted to clinical procedures that require less interaction. She is too obsessed with Polina; since Polina remains constant in her life, her appearance never changes over time, proving that she is an absolute constant. However, Norma is fine dealing with Temeluch and his sister as they wreak havoc because these changes have become what she can expect from a paranormal park. Barney, Pugsley and Courtney become constants in her life, which helps her stay stable. Though when Polina turned out to be a ghost and a traitor, Norma lost herself in the shock and tried to stay in the films the group entered while trying to escape Polina. She preferred to stay in the real world rather than return to the real world because the only constant she had in life had changed dramatically and her brain couldn’t process it. One of the characters that really helped Norma was Tub. Badia accepted all of Norma’s fears and boundaries and helped her along the way. She respected Norma’s boundaries and started with baby steps. As a socially anxious person, Norma is unable to perceive touch. So during their first meaningful interaction, Badia sat next to Norma, keeping a short distance for her comfort, and nodded at her in greeting after Norma rejected the handshake. Simple baby steps eventually helped Norma.
Dead End: Paranormal Park Season 1 Ending Explained – Did Barney and Norma save the park from destruction?
Courtney was originally going to sacrifice Barney and Norma to Temeluch. Courtney wanted to summon and please Temeluch so that she could return to her home in Hell. She was forbidden to approach hell, and she did not return home for almost a hundred years. However, during the soul transfer spell, Pugsley fell on Barney, who was chosen as the first victim. Courtney sealed the Greater Demon in Pugsley’s body. Barney and Norma then manage to save Pugsley by capturing the soul in a picture. However, part of Temeluch’s soul was still in Pugsley, allowing him to speak. They help Pugsley by pushing that piece of soul deep down so Temeluch can’t take control of Pugs. However, the park outlaws them when Pauline’s ghost decides to take over. She was forced out of Jennifer Swan’s body by one of Pauline’s impersonators after Barney and Norma brought the real Jennifer’s soul back from the void where souls go temporarily. On the contrary, their real bodies are taken over. Polina possessed all the Polina look-alikes that managed to win the auditions she held, and this was the secret of her eternal youth. It started from the moment she died and she had another stunt double for Polina who was on set with her.
Pauline then manipulated Courtney into helping her seal herself into Norma’s body while Norma acted as Pauline’s doppelgänger to lure Pauline into possessing her. Pauline then held a concert that became a cult spell to help her. This was stopped by Temeluch, who finally took control of the pugs and chased Pauline’s ghost away from Norma’s body. Temeluch changed his mind, remaining locked in Pug’s body and outliving everything Pug did. He experienced love and other positive emotions that helped him develop a soft spot for Pugs, Barney, and Norma. So when his sister Zagan came to neutral land, land to rule it, and put Temeluch to the test, he sided with the group and helped save them. In the end, Temeluch returned the rest of those present, who had been turned to stone thanks to Zagan, to their original state. Thus ends the series in which the group saves the park as well as the townspeople from any harm.
Will there be season 2?
In the final episode, Zagan frees Courtney and removes the chains keeping her from returning to Hell. Contrary to Courtney’s belief that the chains were set by a demon, it was actually the angels who did it. Courtney is released and the series takes on a new twist. However, she remains on the ground with Barney, Norma, and Pugsley. She began to take care of them, and also very used to the fact that they drag her around and include her in everything, and also take care of her mood. While the team had a reunion, Pauline sat on the roof, sulking because her spotlight had been stolen. At this time, she was either sent into non-existence or was transported to another plane by a being who seemed to identify herself as an angel. The angel reported on their work to superiors and seemed to measure the group for an upcoming mission they might be assigned to next season.
The next season hints at an all-out war between angels and demons. Because even Zagan mentioned that she wouldn’t help when Temeluch had to fight the angels on the way while she was mad at Temeluch for treating her unfairly. There will be an ongoing relationship between Loggan and Barney. Norma and Badia could be another possible couple due to their interactions. The second season will be full of new plot twists and the paranormal activity will continue as long as the group sticks together in the haunted park.
Dead End: Paranormal Park is a 2022 animated adventure series created by Hamish Steele.