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Celebrating the Lunar Eclipse

Three Disney XD stars talk to TFK about the channel’s special lunar eclipse event

April 14, 2014
KELSEY MCNEAL—DISNEY XD

Kaz (Bradley Steven Perry), Sklyar (Paris Berelc), and Oliver (Jake Short) treat a patient while working the overnight shift during the lunar eclipse on Mighty Med.

Tonight, the first total lunar eclipse in more than three years will be visible throughout North America. Click here to learn more about the eclipse. To celebrate, Disney XD is hosting a special night of TV programing. The channel will air new episodes of three hit shows—Lab Rats, Mighty Med, and Kickin’ It—from 8:00 p.m.-9:30a.m. ET/PT. Each episode will feature a plot about the night’s lunar eclipse. “It’s over the moon with fun,” Dylan Riley Snyder, who plays Milton on Kickin’ It, joked to TFK (watch an exclusive clip from the show below). TFK emailed questions about the lunar eclipse and the special episodes to Dylan, Tyrel Jackson Williams from Lab Rats, and Paris Berelc from Mighty Med. Here’s what they had to say.

Tyrel Jackson Williams ("Leo"), far left, and the cast of Lab Rats in a scene from the new lunar eclipse episode.

RON TOM—DISNEY XD
Tyrel Jackson Williams ("Leo"), far left, and the cast of Lab Rats in a scene from the new lunar eclipse episode.

TFK:

What is going on with your character in the special lunar eclipse episode?

TYREL:

In this episode of Lab Rats, [my character] Leo spends most of his time scared out of his mind. It makes sense when you consider Principal Perry is being possessed by an ooze-drooling alien.

PARIS:

In this special lunar eclipse episode [of Mighty Med], my character [Skylar] is trying to get Jordan to like her and to be friends with her. We have this super hilarious pretend fight scene, too! You don't want to miss the wacky things Skylar came up with for Jordan to like her.

DYLAN:

[In Kickin’ It, my character] Milton is enticed by a savory flavor and finds that through science, he can not only recreate that flavor but also make it better with a secret ingredient that only appears during the lunar eclipse. He and Jerry encounter a terrorizing obstacle.

TFK:

Do you have any memories of watching past lunar eclipses?

DYLAN:

Back home in Alabama, we live outside the city, so you can really enjoy the night sky. Our family was having a bonfire with friends out by the pond in the evening. In the country, all you could hear was the crackling of the fire and frogs calling out, but then it got very quiet and everyone just sat back and watched as the lunar eclipse happened. I think that was the last one I got to see with my whole family.

TFK:

Did you learn anything interesting about lunar eclipses while filming the episode?

TYREL:

Well, this episode is very fictional in nature, so we didn't spend much time learning about eclipses so much as telling our own hilarious story.

PARIS:

I learned that they are completely safe to watch, unlike solar eclipses. I thought you had to wear some special kind of sunglasses!

TFK:

Do you have plans to watch the lunar eclipse live? Any tips for kids who want to watch?

TYREL:

If I can catch this year's eclipse, you can guarantee I'm seeing it. I'll probably set up a deck chair and watch it like a TV to make up for missing the others. [My] advice for kids who want to see this year’s eclipse is to make a family event out of it, if you can. It could be fun to get your family and/or friends together to see a beautiful natural phenomenon in action.

DYLAN:

I've checked on the Internet about the time the eclipse will be happening in my area on the West Coast: it's from 10:58 p.m. to 2:33 a.m.  Although I'd enjoy watching the whole thing, I'll probably set my alarm to wake up to see it when it's completely covered. I need my sleep, so I'll take a nap beforehand.


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