Sci-Fi Fodder


"Crusoe" is set to make its debut on NBC this Friday Night.

If you are guessing, you would be correct in the assumption that the show is based on the famous Daniel Dafoe novel, "Robinson Crusoe" (or as the wiki entry lists the actual title "The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (of York, Mariner Who lived Eight and Twenty Years all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, where in all the Men perished but Himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates)". Yipes!)

Notwithstanding the length of the actual title, the tale of Robinson Crusoe is well known. He was shipwrecked, meets up with Friday, survives and finally is able to return home after many years.

The new series seems to stick to that storyline. I was initially afraid that this would be a modern-day adaptation, with some present-day lawyer being shipwrecked and somehow rigging his cellphone as a radio (or something like that). I would have been against that...since we already have "Lost" and I have seen "Castaway".

However, this is really a period piece. From the previews, the language and setting of the show are clearly aiming for a 17th century feel. The directors haven't been complete immune to the 'update-it' syndrome, though. The script "...does not pretend to be a close adaptation of the Defoe novel. While it tries to pay heed to the cultural, religious and political values of the era in which the story is set, it seeks to have "Pirates of the Caribbean"-type fun with the genre". So, we should have sword fighting and musket shooting and plenty of action. I can dig it - if it is done well.

The two hour series premiere of "Crusoe" is scheduled to air on Friday, October 17th at 8:00 PM and has an initial 13 episodes order.