TV: Sinbad – Episode 2 Summary + Review

“I have no weakness, I do the best for all my people…”

(“Come get me, I’ll bite your ear off!”)

Airing on: Sky

Genre: Adventure, Family, Action, Fantasy, Drama, Age: All ages

Released: 8th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, the viewer is skipped forward several weeks. All of the crew on the ship have died in a storm (very similar to the book!) except for some interesting looking characters.

They head towards an abandoned island, and when they are near the banks, their ships is hijacked by some cannibalistic tribe. Sinbad’s curse only allows him to set foot on land for one day and one night, after that he dies…

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Razia is the Queen of the Water Thieves. She rules them with a mask on her face, showing no partiality to any members of her tribe. She appears to be a good leader, but her son is her weakness.

Sinbad’s great plan initially is to save his own neck by seducing Razia. When she scoffs him for that, he plans on saving the others too.

(“It’s a hot country, and freckles are a way for the skin to defend itself…”)

Meanwhile, the others are trapped in cages and have to fight to the death. Rina challenges Anwar to fight, and they duke it out on the pit. Rina seems to be taking the fight-to-death challenge seriously!

Sinbad reveals to the rest of the tribe that Razia’s weakness is her son, and Razia’s position in the tribe is destroyed when her son is killed.

While the crew escape the island, Sinbad runs back to Razia’s rooms to free the captured giant bird, which drops him into his crew’s ship. They seems to have escaped, but just barely. Now where will their adventures taken them?

Overall, this episode was more shaky than the first one. Firstly, it had a massive time jump with no indication to the viewer what had happened and how only these characters had survived this particular storm. It seems to take for granted that Sinbad would find land, and be able to narrowly escape just before dawn the next day. His time-frame of only one day and one night makes for a very episodic series…

The other characters, particularly the girls, don’t show much depth at this point. They can be labelled: the tough guy, the joker, the beauty, the sprite. It seems like the show relies too much on exotic locations and cultures to give variety, when the characters are simply generic.

I don’t mind watching the rest of the series, but there isn’t really a hook. This is “nice” so far, when it should be heading towards “unmissable”.

Rated 2.5/5 – Little character depth so far. Sinbad relies too much on chance rather than skill. Series relies on exotic locales and names, rather than interesting characters.

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