PTR Senior Staff Writer
Apologies for the lateness of this post. After being sidelined by a minor surgery last week, I am just now catching up on all-things PTR. Let's just say I didn't really need ANOTHER reason to dislike needles. Ugh. And my DVR did me no favors, either. The genius cable company channel guide programmers FORGOT to mark Saturday's ep as "new." Thus, no record-o work-o. Thank you, NBC, for putting all the eps online.
We know I love Crusoe.
The show is fun.
It's not overly complicated.
It's not a formula.
The acting is solid.
The stories resonate.
The relationship between Crusoe and Friday is one we should all aspire to have - that is, be THAT good of a friend to those closest to us.
But we slipped up this past weekend.
As in, the ep required me to suspend belief just a wee bit too much (which is saying something seeing as I'm usually game for the whole it's-a-TV-show-just-go-with-it thing).
Captain Neugent - the captain Crusoe persuaded to sail him back to England and of whom helmed the doomed ship - has been hiding out on the island ... a SURVIVOR of the SAME shipwreck for the SAME six year stretch as Crusoe.
Seriously? And he's just now bumping into our castaways? And vice versa?
Crusoe and Friday know every single inch of that island. If Captain Neugent was only a "day's journey" away from our castaway's camp (which, apparently, is to be thought of as an eternity - or inaccessible - on a deserted island), how in Davy Jones Locker have they all NEVER crossed paths hunting for food? Water? Sanity? Whatever?
In six years???
Couldn't go there, folks.
But where I could go was wholeheartedly into the reunification of Crusoe and his beloved Susannah.
Even if it was only in a hallucinatory state.
I DID know from the get-go that Crusoe was only imagining her no matter how real she seemed. Truth is, I didn't care. It was the first full-length ep that featured her so prominently (NOT just in the flashback sequences). And, I really enjoyed seeing the two of them together in the pseudo present day, particularly with Susannah serving as Crusoe's conscience - his sanity - as he struggled to sort through Captain Neugent's attack on the treehouse and subsequent capture of both he and Friday.
Awww, just makes me want Crusoe to get back to England.
And to Susannah.
New episodes of Crusoe air Saturdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. Visit NBC's Official Crusoe Web site for the inside scoop on the series. The site is awfully cool - and that's not just the Pirates fangirl in me talking.