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30 Days Of Telly #17

Day seventeen, your favourite mini series. An easy one at last! This one doesn't even require thinking; it's obviously Return To Treasure Island. Yes, it's true that Sleepers is perfect in every way, and it's also true that Edge Of Darkness is spectacular, but - and this is very important - neither one of them is Return To Treasure Island. So that's that question settled.

Everybody should watch Return To Treasure Island. It should probably be compulsory. Not only does it have pirates, and buried treasure, and swords, and sailing ships, and everything that's good except dinosaurs and sharks, but it's really, really good as well. The only bad thing in the whole series is a painfully bad actor cast as a pirate in episode one, but he dies by the end of the episode, so even he doesn't get to ruin much. Everything else is perfect. Brian Blessed is the best Silver there could ever be, and his relationship with the grown up Jim Hawkins, played by Christopher Guard, is excellently realised. Peter Lloyd, as the Jamaican slave Abed, is a study in desperation and misery, growing into freedom. The bad guys are hissable, the fight scenes are excellent, and the whole thing is carried along with this wonderful spirit of adventure. Also, some stuff explodes. And did I mention the swords and the pirates? It's brilliant, basically. Just go and watch it.

In other news, I have been attempting to eat some chocolate, but it's melted. I had forgotten about summer. I haven't seen one in years. They're pretty good, aren't they. We really ought to have them more often.


Jul. 5th, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
I have this on reserve at the library right now. :P
Jul. 5th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
Cool! If it's one that you enjoy enough to write about, I'd be interested to hear your opinion. Speaking of which, I had never heard of The Man From the 25th Century before. It sounds strikingly similar to the 1997 TV series The Visitor, starring John Corbett. Did you ever see that?
Jul. 5th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
Sure thing! It sounds like something I'd like so I probably will. :D

I haven't! I'll have to look for it! (:

Edit: Forgot to say, here's The Man From
The 25th Century
if you're interested. Be prepared for reuse of Irwin Allen props and corny fun. ;)

Edited at 2013-07-05 09:05 pm (UTC)
Jul. 5th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 5th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
Happy to share! :D
Jul. 7th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
Just finished watching. Great idea, although I'm not sure how they could have hoped to keep it going for a whole series without some additional elements. Possibly a romantic relationship for Tomo, to give him more of a tie to Earth? Certainly interesting though. Fun re-use of props, and of course much exploding. Irwin Allen did love to explode anything he could get his hands on! James Darren great, of course. If there's one thing that I took away from "The Time Tunnel" it's that he's a very charismatic lead. I would have liked to have seen a full length pilot.
Jul. 7th, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
Agreed (and glad you liked). I think they would have had to add some character to it for it to work..either a romance or a sidekick. Exploding is always the best! Irwin Allen was good at that. And James Darren was always fab. I try to see everything with him I can. :D

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