||While not the best-acted show, or even the best-written, The Secret World of Alex Mack has an undeniable charm. There is decent entertainment value to be had for pre-teeny types--you've got secret mysterious organizations chasing after kids in a bumbling, yet always vaguely threatening, fashion, a girl with bizarre superpowers that turn her into liquid and let her zap things with electricity, and your standard mix of Disney Channel-style boy crushes, friend in-fighting, jealousy, and math tests. These days, entire cable channels are devoted to programming like this, but back in 1994, The Secret World of Alex Mack was fairly novel...Egregiously painful fashion stylings and lame dialogue cement Alex and her peers smack in the middle of California during the early 1990s, an embarrassing place to be, still rooted so firmly in the 1980s fascination with high pants, bad hats, and pastel colors. If you can get over the tackiness, the show is fairly charming in its own pubescent sort of way...The special effects are pretty dire, no doubt, but you can tell the creators did the best they could with a limited operation budget. All things considered, they pull a lot of impressive illusions with some primitive visual effects. Plus, big points for chic retro styling--you gotta love the corniness.