Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Fantasy Island - Hungry Christine/Mel Loves Ruby

Everything is new again. Again. For the second time Fantasy Island is rebooted (anyone remember the 90s version with Malcolm McDowell?). Roselyn Sanchez is cast as the island's caretaker, although the role of her sidekick won't be filled until the end of the episode when one of the characters gets a... tattoo. The premise of the original show is kept here with guests arriving at the mysterious island to live out a fantasy (which may not always go as planned). It's not awful, which is more than I can say for some of these reboots, but I don't know that there's much magic here either.

We get two storylines. The first involves an elderly couple who regain their youth and the second involves a morning talk show host (Bellamy Young) looking to fill a hunger growing inside her. As neither choose to go for horror or campiness, the first episode of the series plays things safe in an ultimately bland presentation as Young's character gets closure without really understanding why and Ruby (Kiara Barnes), the dying old woman turned young, decides to remain on the island and begin a new life (which may or may not include exploring the bisexuality she buried decades earlier when she married her husband). Welcome to kinda okay island?

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