Monday, October 20, 2008

TV Review: Crusoe

Philip Winchester as Robinson Crusoe

Avast maties! On last Friday night, I watched the two hour premiere of Crusoe based on the classic novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. What can I say? If you want to get lost in an island paradise loaded with pirates, gold, often shirtless hotties, beaches, blue water, tree-houses loaded with gadgets, and the occasional shots of fetching seventeenth century babes as well as Sean Bean (YUM and brilliant acting, as in I would watch the man shovel dog shit) as his father James then this show is for you. I got swept away by the eye candy even though most of it is pretty insipid.

This is definitely the handsomest Robin Crusoe yet, played by Philip Winchester (hubba, hubba) and his costar, Friday, played by Tongayi Chirisa, is easy on the eyes as well. Sam Neill also stars as the evil Jeremiah Blackthorn. Robin pines for his wife, Susannah (the willowy and doe-eyed Anna Walton) whom he left behind with his two adorable children under the dubious care of Jeremiah. This was not in the book but is a fine addition here else 28 years of battling pirates and cannibals would get pretty dull. Note: easy way to tell who the bad guys are; they all have yellow teeth.

The show airs on NBC at 9:00 PM on the East Coast.

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