'The Hardy Boys': What curse plagues the town of Bridgeport? Here's what the Circle of the Eye means
Introducing the supernatural elements of the show, the curse dates back to years and years ago, when there was a mining accident in the tunnels under the city
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Throughout the series, the quaint little own of Bridgeport, even though not necessarily evil, has this ominous feeling. As if something crawls beneath the grounds of the city and eventually finds its way back to them. We learn of the curse when the boys are visiting the carnival and go for a tarot reading and see the street play of the curse and how the town of Bridgeport came to be and in the end when all of that turns out to be real.
Introducing the supernatural elements of the show, the curse dates back to years and years ago when there was a mining accident in the tunnels under the city. Three men digging through the soil had come across a mysterious piece of stone with engravings inside the earth. They decide to seize the piece of rock from where they had found it lodged, but what immediately transpired was a gigantic explosion underground that ended up killing more of the miners. One of these miners was a man who claimed it was the devil that had caused it all and died in the arms of his daughter.
The three other miners who had found this allegedly cursed object, however, kept the rock to themselves and continued to reap strange, mysterious benefits from it. They called it the Eye and their tight group became the Circle of the Eye. This rock, as they soon learned, had the ability to foresee the future and show one the bigger picture or the clear outcome of every little decision. Soon the three men began influencing governments and raising powerful people in influential places all because of the sense of direction the 'lucky charm' Eye gave them. They became the richest families in Bridgeport, with Joe and Frank's great-grandfather on their mother's side, George Esterbrook, being one of them.
But while everything seemed to flourish, the curse showed itself in vested greed and interest from the three members; George realized their missions were going astray and wanted to give up working with the Eye or as part of the circle, so the men decided to split the Eye into three pieces, each to remain with one family. And that is where it went downhill as it was while traveling with his piece of the eye that George's plane crashed and he died.
In that, the curse of the eye is in how tempting it is, to lure innocent and naive people into being so consumed by using it, that they cannot go on without the power and that is the curse that takes over Bridgeport, with families engaging in dirty games and crime, all to have a claim at the stone.
'The Hardy Boys' premiered on Friday, December 4, only on Hulu.