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Adam Lenhardt

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Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn once famously hid in the unused galley of the church, listening to their own funeral sermon.

When we meet Maddie Nears, she is listening to the school assembly for her disappearance. But unlike Tom and Huck, she is in fact very dead. She was murdered in the boiler room of her high school. There is copious physical evidence, but no body.

And doesn't remember anything from the final hours of her life.

As she adjusts to the afterlife, she endeavors to solve her own murder.

The first three episodes are available now on Paramount+. It took a bit to get going, but I'm hooked now. Peyton List (Tory on "Cobra Kai") plays Maddie, and she carries the show with fierce confidence. The rules of the afterlife here are similar to the rules in the original run of "American Horror Story" and CBS's "Ghosts": Maddie is bound to the property lines of the school campus. Whenever she tries to cross over the boundary line, she ends up back in the boiler room where she died.

And, as it turns out, she's far from the first person to die at the school, and she's not even the first murder. A teacher who died there some decades past leads an afterlife support group for the dead.

The rules of the afterlife on this show are a bit complicated; these ghosts don't pass through solid matter. It's more like their purgatory is a carbon copy of the real high school, and there's a tether that keeps the two planes of existence linked. They can grab things, move things, open doors, etc. but as soon as their plane of existence syncs back with the world of the living, everything not on their person resets itself. If they want to eat, they can only steal copies of food that happen to be on the school grounds. If they want to drink coffee, they have to swipe a copy right after it's been poured. And the places where people have died is where the veil between the plane of the dead and the plane of the living is at its weakest.
 

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