But I'm getting off track.
So, anyways; Ms. Roarke seems to have even less staff than Ricardo Montalban did. I mean, didn't you always wonder about things like: how exactly does one order room service during their "fantasy"? Where is the ice machine? How do you get extra towels? Ms. Sanchez seems unconcerned with these trivialities. The island takes care of things. The writers just brush it off. But what the new writers are doing is introducing and playing with the more mystical trappings of the show. They've sort of introduced a decidedly Twilight-Zoney element that the show's first incarnation almost never used. The "lessons" the guest receive through their visits are played up even more. The pilot's vignette about a woman who eats to cover feelings is a flat-out morality play.
The supporting actors were all excellent. Particularly Bellamy Young as the food obsessed woman and the actress playing Tattoo. The show actually made me teary-eyed at least four times. This almost never happens to me with standard issue network programming. I must be getting soft in my old age. A modern version of Fantasy Island is making me cry? The world really has turned upside-down.
So, I really liked the show; maybe even loved it. Which means FOX will cancel it, I'm sure, within a few months. But I hope they don't. They could do all kinds of interesting story telling with this; and if the pilot is any indication; they are willing to go there. I hope they do.