“The Palace of Games is now open…”
(“I’ll bet you this cursed necklace..”)
Airing on: Sky
Genre: Adventure, Family, Action, Fantasy, Drama, Age: All ages
Released: 8th July 2012 – onwards
From the previous episode, the ship is low on supplies, and the nearest port is two weeks away. Anwar makes a wager with the rich and competitive Abdul Fahim for supplies…. and loses the ship in the process! Sinbad can’t stay on land for more than one day and night, so he has to get that ship back.
Warning! May contain spoilers!
When Sinbad goes to talk to Abdul Fahim, it turns out he’s headed for the Palace of Games, where the biggest bets take place. Meanwhile, Rina’s sneaked off with all of the ship valuables, so the gang are really poor.
On arriving at at the Palace of Games the gang come across the twin hosts, their eye-less bouncer and Rina posing as Lady Samara.
(Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee became commercially prosperous in their later years!)
After some gambling, Sinbad manages to win back the ship from Abdul Fahim. When Abdul doesn’t want to give back the ship, he is held hostage by the bouncer.
The twins entice Sinbad to gamble away from the others in a “special game”. He has to cage-fight to the death with Abdul Fahim!
(Mime competitions at the Palace of Games…)
When it looks like Sinbad will die anyway because of his curse, the twins make him play puzzle games to free all of his captured friends. Rina spots this and helps Sinbad make his escape.
All is forgiven between the crew and Rina, and they escape on the ship, just as the sun comes up.
Overall, is episode raises the bar a little. The setting of a casino, as unrealistically modern as it was, was a different break from the gutters and tribes that have been seen to far. The costumes were more glamorous too, and Rina’s costume in particular was beautiful. Not sure about the make-up though…
I’m hoping to see more of Anwar, Gunner and Nala’s personality in the next few episodes. So far they’ve only existed to be rescued.
Rated 3/5 – Series is slowly picking up pace and getting on it’s feet.