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Fantasy Island 1998

  • 1999-01-24T02:00:00+00:00
  • ABC (US)
  • 1998-09-27T02:00:00+01:00
  • 60 mins
  • 13 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
A darker and much more twisted take on the premise, this version of Fantasy Island bore little resemblance to the original 1978 series Fantasy Island. This time around, the character of Mr. Roarke was taken over by character actor Malcolm McDowell. Sinister yet somehow charming, Mr. Roarke hung up his white tuxes in the pilot to don a more stylish black suit, which was foreshadowing of the change in the character. His powers, which would often defy nature, were taken to the ultimate extreme as he summoned lightening and storms, terrorized his prisoners (and sometimes guests), and even changed the gender of one man. Meeting the guests at the dock with Mr. Roarke were Cal (Louis Lombardi), the chubby brainless bellhop, and Harry (Edward Hibbert), the debonaire Englishman concierge. Cal and Harry were reduced to being Roarke's prisoners, using their time on the island to work off a debt to Roarke. Also working as Roarke's assistant was Ariel (Madchen Amick), a beautiful shape

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