In this revival of the popular 1970s television series, Mr. Roarke and his three assistants run a tropical paradise where guests come in to have their wildest dreams and fantasies come true.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Cherisse Lamoureux ...
 'Hotel employee' Pilot 13 episodes, 1998-1999
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Tracy R. Bautista ...
 Hotel employee 9 episodes, 1998-1999
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In this revival of the popular 1970s television series, Mr. Roarke and his three assistants run a tropical paradise where guests come in to have their wildest dreams and fantasies come true. Written by Phil Fernando

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Careful what you wish for. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy

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26 September 1998 (USA)  »

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La isla de la fantasía  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Lenny Venito turned down the role of Cal. See more »

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Mr. Roarke: Mr. Barnes likes to flirt with death, but death is looking for a more permanent relationship.
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Follows Fantasy Island (1977) See more »

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Far from a holiday in hell.
24 June 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This shortlived revamping of the classically silly TV series was, ironically, closer to the original concept than the first show (the 1970s version's pilot was darker and a lot edgier than the subsequent series); the "fantasy" aspect of the title got as much play here as the "island" part, with a greater implication that Mr. Roarke and his crew were not all they seemed - particularly Madchen Amick's shape-shifter Ariel ("I'm not hard to get - I'm impossible to get").

The travel agency in NYC that booked the passengers for Fantasy Island filled in another gap from the original show (how the hell did they get there in the first place?), and the stories were overall a bit more interesting - in one episode someone even wanted to live out a fantasy where he died a hero, and got his wish. John Ottman's excellent title music (plus his Emmy-nominated score for the pilot) also managed to capture both the exoticism and the mystery of the locale; no disrespect to Laurence Rosenthal, a fine composer in his own right, but his old theme was far too lush and old-fashioned to work here.

On the other hand, what sane person would want to arrive on an island paradise and find someone as creepy as Malcolm McDowell waiting for you? (And admit it, while his aides are good characters you miss Tattoo.) Nonetheless, this remains a decent effort - and certainly a better TV venture for Barry Sonnenfeld than that hopeless "Secret Agent Man."


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