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An old favorite
on December 14, 2011
I was excited to see Fantasy Island, and found that the quality of the dvd was good, considering the technology at the time the series was made. I remember being enthralled by this series as a kid, and it is still a fun series to watch, although I can say that the period was decidedly more sexist than today, and the series is a product of its time. I notice things now that I would not have noticed when I first saw it, but if you can take that with a grain of salt, the shows are still neat. It is also neat to see cameos by a lot of stars that became iconic of the era.
I remember this show, and watch it for the nostalgia factor. However, TV viewers have become a lot more sophisticated over the years, and I find that the shows I remember being "great" are a lot cheesier than I remember. A person watching ANY series from this period for the first time may find it a bit simplistic, but this show has the advantage of the incomparable Ricardo Montalban, who pulls off the mysterious, sometimes slightly sinister, Mr. Roarke as no one else could. The fantasies generally run in such a way that the client gets what they NEEDED, but not necessarily what they thought they WANTED, and there is usually a happy ending for them, but the middle can be a bit dark, and the eerie mix of benevolence and (apparent) chilling indifference to the fates of the clients makes the stories much more suspenseful. (Along the lines of:
"Mr. Roarke, you have to get me out of here, I changed my mind!"
"Oh no, Mr. ___, once you the fantasy has begun, there is no way to stop it.">look of polite concern<
"But they're gonna KILL me!"
"Well, then Mr. ___, if you don't find a way to meet their demands, it would appear that you will die..." >professional smile< )
Of course, the back-and-forth with ever-present Tattoo adds the warmth and comedy that keeps you from feeling that Mr Roarke is in any way evil, and lets you know that it will all work out in the end, so the show ends up being a feel-good program.