Get ready to enter the luxury resort of “Fantasy Island” where literally any fantasy requested by guests is fulfilled, although they rarely turn out as expected. Created by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, this new reboot (original 1970’s classic drama) introduces a strong female lead as the island’s host, which adds a refreshed catalyst to the series.
“Fantasy Island” stars Roselyn Sanchez (“Without a Trace”, “Devious Maids”) as Elena Roarke, the steward of the mysterious island and a descendant of the iconic Mr. Roarke from the original series, who sets aside her own ambitions, and even the love of her life, to uphold her family’s legacy.
In each episode, pilot and head of island transportation Javier, played by John Gabriel Rodriquez (“Miranda’s Rights”, “Rosewood”), flies guests from all walks of life to the beautiful island to live out their fantasies, albeit for a price. Through the medium of their fantasies, important life lessons are presented to each guest. But when a fantasy becomes too overwhelming and it doesn’t play out as expected for the guest, Roarke enters their fantasy to offer advice.
In the series opener, Roarke welcomes a local morning show host Christine Collins, played by Bellamy Young who fulfils her fantasy of indulgence to eat anything she wants without gaining weight until she realises she’s hungry for much more than food. Roarke’s other guests includes a terminally ill Ruby Akuda, played by Kiara Barnes who arrives on Fantasy Island with her husband and is given a new lease on life. The lovely couple enjoy their fantasy but are presented with a life changing decision towards the end.
Shot entirely on the lush island of Puerto Rico, “Fantasy Island” offers an immersive escape that transports viewers into a tropical reality where each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who arrive with dreams and desires and depart enlightened and transformed through the magical realism of Fantasy Island.
“Fantasy Island” is a 10-episode drama series that premieres in Southeast Asia on 17th February, with new episodes releasing on AXN Asia every Thursday at 9:45pm. Malaysians can watch this plot-twisting drama series on Astro Channel 701 HD and unifi TV Channel 453.