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The Island 

With the help of his animal friends, Dar rescues Tao from an island inhabited by the murderous Birdmen.

Director:

Ian Gilmour

Writers:

Andre Norton (book), Dawn Ritchie
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Daniel Goddard ... Dar
Jackson Raine Jackson Raine ... Tao
Holly Brisley ... Haisa
Jeremiah Dupre ... Nylas (as Jeremiah Tickell)
Kirsty Boden Kirsty Boden ... Artful Dodger
Chris Sadrinna Chris Sadrinna ... Paj
Michelle Comerford Michelle Comerford ... Elza
Mungo McKay ... Head Guard
Gabriel Kozulan Gabriel Kozulan ... Birdman #1 (as Gabrielle Kozulin)
Sean Rigby ... Birdman #2
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Storyline

Tao, falsely accused of theft, finds himself sentenced to an island dreaded as a place of certain death. Dar's determined to free him but is first captured and condemned to be pulled apart by teams of oxen. Dar escapes and reaches the island where flesh-eating Birdmen build cages to catch their prey. Dar manages to rescue Tao along with the island's pair of young lovers, Nylas and Haisa. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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cage | weasel | ox | raft | boat | See All (10) »


Certificate:

TV-14
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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Queensland, Australia

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Dar: Some of the greatest trees have shallow roots, and they survive strong winds because they stand together. Their roots intertwine.
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Daniel Goddard gets s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d
18 December 2012 | by a-eastSee all my reviews

This is the first episode in which Daniel Goddard, playing Dar, the heroic title character, falls victim to one of those beefcake-bondage tortures so dear to the creators of these costume-adventures. Held tight by a quartet of beefy guards, he's laid face-up on the ground in a spreadeagle position with his hands and feet tied to wooden poles. These poles are attached to two teams of oxen which, urged in opposite directions by shouting, whip-wielding guards, begin to stretch their victim like a prisoner on a medieval rack. (The head guard tells Dar he wants to watch him die "in several different pieces.") Rather than having his arms and legs ripped out of their sockets, however, Dar mentally communicates with the oxen who stop their pulling and even take steps backward. This allows Dar to slip out of his bounds and break free.

As torture scenes go, this one isn't particularly effective. Dar never seems to suffer any real pain, just some brief discomfort, and his ability to put an end to the torture takes away any real sense of danger or jeopardy. However, Daniel Goddard's physique is put on effective display, even his unshaved armpits, though one wishes his body could have been given more of a glistening sheen of sweat.


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