Robinson Crusoe, action hero

The Millions has a post on what sounds like a laughable new TV adaptation of Robinson Crusoe:

Those whose appetites for desert island antics and pirate slapstick were not sated by the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, by all means, tune in; Also those who measure entertainment by the number and diversity of booby traps made out of bamboo and rope (a la Indiana Jones): This show’s for you. For those us of us, however, who found ourselves entranced by the novel’s much more modest “dramas,” the show is a buffoonish disappointment.

Crusoe’s island adventures in Defoe’s novel, for the most part, are domestic and agrarian. Rather than, “Will Crusoe and Friday free themselves from the curse of the water god’s tomb?” (as NBC’s version offered this week), the novel offers adventures such as “What will Crusoe salvage from the shipwreck before it breaks up?” “Will Crusoe manage to make bread?” “How will Crusoe catch and domesticate goats?” “Who made the single footprint in the sand?”

From this description, it sounds like this Crusoe TV show bears almost no relationship to the book, beyond the names of the characters and the fact that it involves someone stranded on a desert island. I suppose the producers decided to call it an adaptation in the hope of benefiting from the name recognition of Defoe’s novel, because otherwise all they would have had was an obvious attempt to cash in on the popularity of shows like Lost and Survivor.


1 Response to “Robinson Crusoe, action hero”

  1. 1 FeebraInerge December 29, 2008 at 4:47 AM

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