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The sword and sorcery adventures of a wandering adventurer who has the ability to communicate with animals.
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Series cast summary:
...  Dar 66 episodes, 1999-2002
...  Tao 65 episodes, 1999-2002
...  King Zad / ... 34 episodes, 1999-2002
...  The Sorceress #1 / ... 30 episodes, 1999-2002
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In this both spinoff and reboot of The Beastmaster (1982) film series, skilled young warrior Dar, the Beastmaster and last known survivor of his tribe, wanders the ancient lands, seeking out his beloved Kira, defending the animals he controls, and pitting his might against various sorcerers and tyrants. His friends, sidekick Tao, warrior Arina and later trickster, spirit guide and mentor Dartanus, who's the only one who knows what really happened to Dar's family, as well as Dar's deep conviction to fight for what's right and his unique ability to befriend and communicate with animals help Dar in his quests to defeat an evil Sorceress and a wicked wizard known as the Ancient One, as well as stop the evil god Balcifer and his minion and Dar's archnemesis, King Zad. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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The series ended 20 years after the 1982 film of the same name which the series is based on. See more »

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In plenty of scenes throughout the series, a lot of times in a single episode, Ruh is clearly played by different tigers. See more »

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Arina: Do animals always do what you ask?
Dar: Sometimes. They are like humans. They listen, but it doesn't always mean they heard you.
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Follows The Beastmaster (1982) See more »

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A quirky, but usually good show
11 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

I watch this show most of the time. It's erratic, but I like it a lot anyway.

The producers seem to have relatively little idea of what kind of show they want to do. It's now in its third season, and it appears to have gone to heroic fantasy. (Any episodes you see Dar having a sword, they're all third season. And he puts up quite a protest around it, but you'd have to actually watch the show to see it.) Last season would be better characterized as a sort of low-level high fantasy, where most of the emphasis was on complex relationships between all the different characters. And a lot of the first season was a (tragic) love story.

The acting is great, but it's very much in a particular style. It's an understated style that shows up a lot in Canadian productions (it's a Canada-Australia joint production).

But the best part is: They kill characters. Major characters. Not many of them, but people actually die. The storyline moves on. I get really tired of watching adventure shows with no threat of death. It's pretty much a given that Dar won't die (or they'd have to rename the show) but everybody else, except for gods (none of which have made appearances, unlike in a show like Xena) and some of the demigod-level characters (I'm thinking of The Ancient One) has been fair game. It helps make the show exciting, which is the whole point of adventure, right?

The acting style's not for everyone, but if you like it, watch the show. The stories are generally pretty well-written, and the show's got guts.


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