Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Robinson Crusoe comes to NBC

Surf's up, Robby C!

First the good news...
"NBC is cashing in on the "Survivor"/"Lost" phenomenon by ordering 13 episodes of "Robinson Crusoe," a drama series based on Daniel Defoe's classic novel."
...and now the bad news.
The 17th century setting of the book will remain intact but will have a contemporary feel and deal with such issues as race relations.
I should be immune to the disease by now but apparently not, because suddenly I feel kinda queasy.

As for the novel's central theme of faith in God's providence through adversity? Strangely no mention.

Instead, Crusoe's racism will take center stage, and getting back to nature will no doubt be his salvation.

Instead, Crusoe and "loyal servant [smarter-than-master...Magic] Friday will deal with marauding [racist...slave-trading...God-fearing...Anglo-centric] militias, hungry [but proud and nobler than whitey] cannibals, [bad CGI] wild cats, starvation and [native-religion-based] apocalyptic lightning storms.

And a good time was had by all [except Daniel of the book...viewers with brains].

I hope I'm wrong, but I'll be shocked if I am.

Full story here.

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