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Crusoe & Friday and the Pirates

Posted on: October 18, 2008

I missed the premier of Crusoe last night, I was somewhere else when it started. I got home just in time to watch the last 1 hour, but I don’t like to watch something from the middle. But bless NBC it has the first episode online so I can watch it. If you want to watch it too, visit here: http://www.nbc.com/Crusoe/video/categories/season-1/771041/ I’m pretty sure that it’s on Hulu too.

At first, I was affraid that this show would be just another drama (not drama drama) type of show, but it’s quite entertaining. Good amount of action, adventure, and humor. There are also some flashbacks along the story to tell Crusoe’s background. The storyline is superb; even though I haven’t read the book, I’m sure this series stay true to the book.

So Crusoe is about Crusoe (duh) an English man who’s stranded on an island. Crusoe (Philip Winchester) befriended with Friday (Tongayi Chirisa), a native guy who he had saved from being sacrificed by his own tribe. Since Crusoe  has spent a lot of time in the island (no idea how long he’s been there), he managed to set up a lot of traps, make bridges, a SOS plan, and a tree house with amazing view equiped with its own OJ-making tool.

So the story started when Crusoe spotted a boat with English flag on it. Desperate to get back to his home, he turned on his SOS fire and he ran down to the beach to find his saviors; little did he know that those guys were pirates. So the pirate chased him away and finally caught him and made him their guide to find the treasure. Amongst those pirates, there was a pirate girl who’s really smart but tough.

Friday tried to helped Crusoe, and he ran across a Spanish guards who wanted to capture the pirates. So he led them in exchange that they’d let Crusoe go. The plan worked out really well, and he and Crusoe managed to get away while the Spanish guards cornered and captured those pirates. But when everything seemed to go back to normal and peaceful, they were ambushed again. Apparently, the pirate captain made a deal with the Spanish captain to share the gold in exchange for his freedom.

Crusoe found out about the whereabouts of the gold, it’s actually right under their beloved tree-house. They had to defend themselves by making the treehouse their fortress. The pirate girl snuck in during the night offering to help them, but they rejected the offer. The battle continued until the morning after when the intruders wanted to blow the tree house with dynamite. Luckily with Crusoe’s witty mind, they managed to blow the dynamite before it reached them and defeated the guards and the pirates.

When they went down to check the situation, the found the treasure: it’s a giant vase made of gold. Then Friday realized that the body count didn’t match the number of the intruders, so they went down to the beach and they found the Spanish captain captured the pirate girl and wanted to take her back to mainland. Crusoe told him about the gold but he didn’t believe it so they left. In the end, Crusoe and Friday threw the giant vase to the sea, and they stayed in the island for another day.

I think Crusoe is a great show, and Well, I think the pilot episode itself is worthty of being an independent movie. But, I can’t wait until next week for the next episode to see what new story it will bring. I’m particularly intriqued to see whether Crusoe will take Friday along with him to England once he’s rescued. As much as Crusoe missed his family, he valued Friday’s friendship so much and vice versa. It will be very sad to see Crusoe leaving Friday in the island where he’s a cast away from his tribe. But I don’t think it’s also possible for Friday to live in England, even though his English is good. Did I say that he could speak 6 languages? Well, we shall see what will happen to them.

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