Monday, January 12, 2009

Fantasy Island

Airing from 1978 to 1984, Fantasy Island was where people from all walks of life could come and live out their fantasies, albeit for a price. The original series starred Ricardo Montalban as Mr. Roarke, the enigmatic overseer of the mysterious island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, and his energetic sidekick, Tattoo, played by Hervé Villechaize.

Roarke was best known for his white suit and cultured demeanor. Tattoo was best known for running up the main bell tower to ring the bell and shout "De plane! De plane!" to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the beginning of each episode.

The usual format of each episode consisted of an introduction in which Roarke would describe to Tattoo the nature of each person's fantasy, usually with a cryptic comment suggesting the person's fantasy will not turn out as they expected. The episode would then alternate between two or three independent storylines as the guests experienced their fantasies and interacted with Roarke. Often, the fantasies would turn out to be morality lessons for the guests, sometimes to the point of putting their lives at risk, only to have Roarke step in at the last minute and reveal the deception.

1 comment:

  1. I loved to watch this show! Mr. Roarke always seemed to know everything in a sort of spooky way. LOL

    I remember it came on right after Love Boat. What a great line-up.

    Born 1966