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Review: Apple TV+'s 'Ghostwriter' revival continues to entertain and educate

Justin Sanchez, Isaac Arellanes, Hannah Levinson and Amadi Chapata in “Ghostwriter,” premiering October 9 on Apple TV+. (Photo: Apple)

Ghostwriter: Season 2
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Starring: Isaac Arellanes, Amadi Chapata, Hannah Levinson, Justin Sanchez
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Rated: TV-G
Streaming Service: Apple TV+

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Synopsis: When a ghost haunting a bookstore starts to release fictional characters into the real world only four kids can see, the kids team up to discover the identity of the ghost and uncover its motivations.

Review: I was in high school when the original “Ghostwriter” program aired on PBS in 1992. I knew of it and its general premise, but don’t recall ever watching it. Maybe my younger sisters did. I missed the 1997 reboot entirely.

So, I approached the Apple TV+ reboot without any sense of nostalgia. Well, that’s not exactly true. There are various points in my life when I have spent many hours reading books, befriending fictional characters and imagining what it would be like to travel through time and visit places beyond my reach. I look back on those periods with a sense of envy.

The first season of the rebooted “Ghostwriter” set up the general rules of the series’ and the bulk of its episodes featured well-known characters and explored the idea of who the ghost might be. This second season play initially appears to break the established rules, which confuses the children detectives as much as it might bewilder the viewing audience. Fortunately, the screenwriters aren’t breaking the rules as much as they are creatively working within them. I love that.

I also enjoyed the inclusion of characters from lesser-know stories. There is literally a world full of stories that most of us have never heard. Visiting the folklore and literary classics from other cultures is one of the reasons I love reading in the first place.

The cast is amiable, the stories feature real-world lessons and it’s appropriate for all ages. “Ghostwriter” comes highly recommended.