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Series: The Adventures Of Sinbad
aka: The Adventuresof Sinbad
The Adventures of Sinbad
is roughly a retelling of the adventures of Sinbad from "The Arabian Nights." It started in 1996, hoping to follow in on the popularity of Xena: Warrior Princess
and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
. It did not, lasting only two seasons and a total of 44 episodes.
The story followed the adventures of a Caucasian Sinbad, his older brother Doubar, Firouz the alchemist, the mute Rongar, and Celtic sorceress Maeve.
This series provides examples of:
- A Day in the Limelight: At least everyone on the team got one.
- Anyone Can Die: Attempted. Mustapha, who featured prominently in the first episode only to die in the second. However, since he wasn't in the opening credits, it was obvious from the beginning he was only a Sacrificial Lamb.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Firouz. He's not fazed by sorcerers, magic, the devil, demons, or Olympian-style gods, but ghosts? They don't exist even when they're standing right in front of him.
- Arc Villain: Turok in the opening two-parter. He also made a dismembered guest appearance in the Season 1 Finale.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Rongar was a prince in his home realm. He remains both bald and black.
- Big Bad: Rumina
- Bond One-Liner: During the second season, Sinbad throws a mook into a pit of spikes, then quips "I think he got the point".
- Bound and Gagged: Maeve in one episode when she was captured by vikings (one of whom was Bret Hart. No seriously) as a sacrifice to free their ship from a bad special effect.
- Character as Himself: Dermott
- Dark Action Girl: Rumina, despite being a Vain Sorceress, has more in common with this than Dark Magical Girl.
- Darker and Edgier: The entire selling point of the second (and last) season.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Maeve fell off the ship at the beginning of Season 2 and was pulled away in the tide. We later found out that A Wizard Did It to protect her from Rumina.
- Evil Sorcerer: Turok and Rumina
- Five-Man Band
- Flat Character: Bryn, despite her gratuitous cleavage. Mostly because she didn't have much characterization beyond aforementioned cleavage.
- Follow the Leader: This show mainly existed because of Hercules and Xena's shows.
- Funny Background Event: Doubar, when he meets Sinbad in prison,is so excited that he rips a hole in the wall he was bound to. He and Sinbad have an entire conversation without noticing all of the other prisoners trying to escape out the hole, then a bunch of guards swarming to stop them.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Firouz. When Sinbad visits him in the premiere, Firouz is already working on a flying machine and giving thought to a doorbell.
- Get on the Boat: The boat was pretty much the plot device to get the group from episode to episode.
- Heroic Fantasy
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Doubar is portrayed by George Buza who voiced Beast in the X-Men Animated series.
- Hotter and Sexier: The show tried to advertise Season 2 as this, mostly by lots of fanservice shots of Bryn in the commercials.
- Sinbad himself also got a change in look to make him sexier. In season 1, he was a clean-shaven, short-haired pretty boy. In season 2, he looks more like a bad boy: his hair is shoulder-length, he has a five o'clock shadow and his sleeves are a lot shorter, exposing his biceps.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: "the Beast Within".
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Rongar. Sinbad initially opposes him joining the crew because knife throwing would be dangerous in close combat, but Rongar impresses him with his extremely precise aim.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Price Cassim in the opening two-parter. He's a royal pain at first, but he is willing to risk his life for his fiancée and becomes genuinely apologetic about past misdeeds.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Sinbad and Maeve are arguing, and Caipra tells them to "Stop acting like an old married couple."
- The Main Characters Do Everything: A few extras are occasionally seen aboard the ship, but even then, it's always the Five-Man Band going ashore and getting into adventures.
- Man Hug: In the pilot, Doubar greets Sinbad by walking across the room (despite being chained to the wall) and giving him a massive hug.
- Mr. Fanservice: Rongar. The actor who portrayed him, Oris Erhuro, is pretty much a real life example of it.
- Ms. Fanservice: Bryn.
- Non-Action Guy: Firouz
- Not Quite Dead: Sinbad himself was thought dead by everyone when his ship went down. He doesn't remember much of what happened, but he woke up on an island with a strange bracelet on his wrist. By the time he was rescued, two years had passed.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Rongar isn't literally mute. He can't talk because he doesn't have a tongue, but he can scream. If he does, the business at hand is most certainly serious - he screamed when Mustapha was killed, and when he ran into some of the men who'd run him out of his kingdom.
- Put on a Bus: Maeve, Rumina and Turok were nixed in Season 2, but could have been brought back easily, had the show not been cancelled.
- Race Lift: Sinbad and his brother Doubar, and really most people residing in Bagdhad are very, very caucasian people.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Of course, Maeve couldn't return at all because Jacqueline Collen, the actress behind Maeve, had to deal with being a full-time mommy.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The Caliph in the first episode has nothing but respect for Sinbad and is quite displeased to learn what his obnoxious son has been up to.
- Red Shirt: It's pretty usual to see a poor unnamed crewman falling off the ship during a storm scene. The only notable rescue attempt was for Maeve.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Mustapha, see above.
- Satan: Old Scratch.
- Scary Black Man: Rongar is tall, strong and an expert knife thrower.
- Second Episode Introduction: Maeve and Dermott
- Sexy Silhouette: Rumina pulled this once, deliberately, in an attempt to seduce Sinbad.
- The Speechless: Rongar couldn't talk because his tongue was cut out, but on very rare occasions he would scream. Usually he communicated through facial expressions and pantomime.
- Stout Strength: Doubar.
- Stripperiffic: Maeve wasn't too bad - she wore a pseudo-traditional dress with a not entirely unreasonable amount of cleavage, and aside from the aforementioned midriff baring, Rumina usually wasn't unreasonable either. One episode had her showing off her cleavage, and in the season 1 finale she put on a black floor length gown. Bryn, however, ...yeah.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Bryn replaced Maeve.
- Tricksters: The eponymous Trickster disguised as an old man named Raynard to trick Sinbad's crew and Rumina while they were powerlessly stranded in an island.
- The Strength of Ten Men: Doubar.
- Token Minority: Rongar
- The Vamp: Rumina
- Unscrupulous Hero: Sinbad was very deliberately changed (arguably derailed) into one of these for the second season to fit in with the darker and edgier aesthetic the producers were aiming at.
- Walking the Earth: Sailing, of course. Sinbad is always eager to have an adventure or to explore.
- You Can't Go Home Again: The series begins with Sinbad returning home after being lost at sea for two years. His home and possessions have been confiscated, while a series of new rules and laws have made life frustrating for many.
- You Killed My Father: Rumina's definitely mad at Sinbad for killing her father Turok.