Synopsis by Bhob Stewart
TV's original Fantasy Island, with Ricardo Montalban, ran from 1978 to 1984. Visitors still fly to the island to fulfill their fantasies of romance or adventure, but a darker edge and supernatural touches were added to the 1998 TV series, filmed on the islands of Maui, Kauai and Oahu. The somewhat sinister Mr. Roarke (Malcolm McDowell) presides over Fantasy Island, accompanied by shape-shifting Ariel (Madchen Amick) and sidekicks Cal (Louis Lombardi) and Harry (Edward Hibbert). Tales in the opening episode involved sibling rivalry, a reckless thrill-seeker, and a man hoping for a reunion with his high-school sweetheart. Running the Fantasy Island travel agency are Clia (Sylvia Sidney) and Fisher (Fyvush Finkel). Premiered September 26, 1998 on ABC.