"Strong characters, high adventure, a beautiful backdrop, appropriate flashbacks, historical value...this show is a gem. What a refreshing departure from the usual network fare of reality shows and crime dramas. And how often does a modern TV show or movie present a lead character who doesn't have a dark side, but has total integrity and honor. Winchester's protrayal of Crusoe is admirable, as is the character himself. Can't say enough good about this show. And I agree with those who'd like to see a movie made to tie up the loose ends at the end of season 1. Anyway...bravo Crusoe!"
Watch This Show!
Bryan S. | Boise, ID | 02/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just stumbled upon this show when it was on TV and was lucky enough to see it from the very first episode all the way through (thanks to Tivo -- it wasn't easy to find it otherwise with all of the scheduling changes it went through). I am so happy to see that it is being released on DVD! It will be fun to watch it again. If you haven't seen this show, or if you missed some of the episodes, I highly recommend it. It's a lot of fun and a great family show too. I hope the DVD set includes some extras not seen on TV. It would be great if they made some kind of movie to tie up everything not resolved in the series. Or, continuing the series to another season would be even better!"
N. Uhlenhopp | Bemidji, MN USA | 07/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Crusoe: An action packed television series loaded with pirates, cannibals, flying musket shot, and a dog called Dundee. Crusoe: the Complete Season is a swash-buckling tale based on the famous novel of which almost everybody has heard but almost no one has read. However, if you are searching for an exact portrayal of the story, you will be disappointed. Or if you are merely wishing to be entertained, love adventure, don't mind a smattering of romance, enjoy seeing committed love between a husband and wife, and take delight in two friends who are as close as brothers, then Crusoe is definitely a movie series you will enjoy time and time again. For the most part, Crusoe is very family-friendly. There are a few scenes with bloodshed, and once in a while a lady tries to romance Crusoe (a very forward pirate lady in the first episode and another in the later episodes), whom he gently tells that his heart is given to another and he will remain faithful to that one. I was amazed to see his steadfastness in this area; few movies/television series have this theme continuing throughout the duration. Another caution for parents is that there is a nude scene with one of the women; nothing sexual takes place, but Crusoe has fallen down a cliff side and needs to get back up, so she's trying to make a rope with everything she's got on . . . a rather awkward situation. It happens to be in my least favorite episode (in which Friday falls ill from eating poisoned honey). In fact, I personally believe it is one of the more stupid programs, but every television series out there has at least one boring installment. So those are my warning to parents. Adults, of course, view at their own discretion. The main underlying plot of the story is for Crusoe to figure out a way to get back to his family in England, taking his friend, Friday, along with him. By the way, he is called Friday because Crusoe cannot pronounce his real name, a fact Friday seems to love resurrecting. While he is desperately searching for some means of returning home (quite a few opportunities arise, and at least once he must choose between leaving Friday behind and/or being left behind with his friend), an evil in England is trying to destroy the small family he loves so much. Of course, if I told you who the bad guy was and just why he's the bad guy, that would ruin the story completely. My last thought on this particular television series, is that though they call it the Complete Season, it is far from finished. The last installment leaves the viewer hanging, not knowing what happens next. So, my hope is that enough people will enjoy the few episodes there are and a general outcry for one more (only one, maybe two are needed to consummate the series) will prod the producers of Crusoe into finishing and airing the last show. That way Friday will stun the modern world of that time with his Einstein-like intellect, and Crusoe can finally be with his family and the wife he loves. "
Crusoe is the best Series
J. Johnson | NJ, USA | 02/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Crusoe is the best and I will it continued I was so dissapointed when it was cancelled and I can't wait to purchase it was so action packed and kept you on your feet I am so mad at NBC for canceling it on its 13th episode it would have made a great show if it was continued even better than Heroes I never watch anything on NBC because most if not all the shows are really stupid but this show caught my eye and I looked forward to this show every week because it made me come back for more. I give this show 5 stars."
It Grew Into Solid Entertainment
Mark Baker | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 05/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Robinson Crusoe (Philip Winchester) has had a hard life. Picking the wrong side of the insurrection against the King of England, he had to flee to the colonies for his life, leaving his wife Susannah (Anna Walton) and their kids in the hands of trusted family friend Jeremiah Blackthorn (Sam Neill). But then fate deals him an even worse hand when he is shipwreck on a deserted island with only Friday (Tongai Arnold Chirisa) as a companion. Together, the two build a friendship while fighting to survive on the island among pirates, natives, and nature.
But back in England, things aren't all they seem. In a series of flashes, we learn Crusoe's back story and what is currently happening to those he loves in England. If Crusoe and Friday ever get off the island, what will be waiting for them in England?
I'll admit I've never read the original novel, but I had to tune in to this modern day take on the classic story. Now what do I mean by modern day take? While the story is set in the late 1700's, some of the attitudes are modern. Most noticeably, I seriously doubt that the Crusoe of the novel treats Friday as his equal the way he does here. Do I mind the more modern sensibilities? Not in the slightest. In fact, the strong bond between Crusoe and Friday is one of the reasons I kept tuning in.
Honestly, the show struggled a little in the beginning to capture my interest. I'd watch an episode, enjoy it, but often forget when it was coming back. Thanks to my DVR, I caught them all. As the series grew, things developed into a tight unit that really made the wait between the last few episodes hard. While the ending wasn't what I hoped it would be, it did leave me satisfied and willing to imagine my own ending for the characters.
The show was incredible to look at. Everything was lavishly constructed to recreate the time period. England looked amazing. And the island was so much fun. The tree house alone made me smile each week. And we can't leave out all the inventions that Crusoe and Friday had. Okay, so it stretched credibility a little, but it was fun.
The acting was great here as well. In fact, it was one thing that kept me coming back to the series.
I'm still unclear whether this was really intended to be a limited series or not, but these 13 episodes are well worth getting to enjoy over and over again."