created by: Wayne Crawford
produced by: Wayne Crawford and Joel Levine.
starring: Wayne Crawford, Michele Scarabelli, Steve Kanaly, Fats Bookholane, Lance Scott, Sandor Smit, Connie Nielson
FX cable-tv, Sat & Sun mornings
Filmed in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, this must be the best Land Rover TV series in recent years. Originally filmed and broadcast in 1992, and currently repeating several times on the new FX channel, each half- hour episode features several old Series 109 Land Rovers, and even a couple of Forward Controls.
Simply stated, the good guys drive Rovers; the bad guys drive Toyotas. Well, that is an oversimplification since the principal great-white-hunter antagonist (J.D. Helms, played by Steve Kanaly) first shows up in a Range Rover, but quickly switches to a Land Cruiser, and he is a complex character that you cant help liking after you get to know him. The good guys are a Los Angeles family (Jack & Jessica and two kids) who inherit a half-way house for injured and sick wild animals, and struggle to keep it afloat against the pressures of land developers, hunters, and their own ignorance of the local culture and the wildlife. After a bad start (Were stuck in the middle of Africa; weve got no house; weve got no car ...), the heroes learn a lot (and preach the conservationist message to the viewer).
The scenery and the Rovers make up for occasional weaknesses in the script and acting.
Review by T.F. Mills
Reprinted from the Solihull Society Newsletter