In Review: Fantasy Island (S1 – EP3) Quantum Entanglement

Flamboyant, eccentric Eileen wants to spend time with her estranged daughter and her family, but they refuse to see her.
Quantum Entanglement

Synopsis: In Quantum Entanglement, Flamboyant, eccentric Eileen wants to spend time with her estranged daughter and her family, but they refuse to see her. Disillusioned physics professor Charles wants to know if there is something more out there.

 

The Story

This week’s episode brings us two characters that wind up connecting and resolving each other’s problems. Firstly, we get introduced to Eileen who is very flamboyant. Eileen’s life of the party attitude has alienated her from her daughter. Eileen’s only wish is to reconnect with her family. The only problem is. Eileen is invisible and can only be seen by Elana Roarke and Ruby. The second guest on the island is pragmatic and logical scientist Professor Charles. His fantasy is to be shown something that he cannot justifiably explain with science.

Like most of the stories, we have seen thus far. This is a story about human connection and the importance of family. Eileen’s struggle stems from her only being able to see her side. She is not able to understand her daughter’s point of view. Elana goes to some lengths to try and show Eileen where she has been going wrong. But it isn’t really until Eileen meets Charles that progress is made. Indeed, Charles and Eileen have very similar traits in that they are very stuck in their ways. Their meeting is very much like a Quantum Entanglement.

Meanwhile, Ruby is still struggling to adapts to her new life. This is made more difficult for her because the island will not allow her to make a phone call to her husband. However, Ruby’s personal struggle in this story allows her to offer some wise advice to Eileen.

 

The Acting

Debbi Morgan lights up the screen as the flamboyant and somewhat comedic Eileen. What begins as a somewhat comedic performance becomes much more nuanced as the layers of Eileen’s story get peeled back. Indeed, the scenes she has with Elana Roarke (Roselyn Sanchez) are very confronting for Eileen. Who can’t quite believe or understand why her daughter was so unhappy. Both actors work every scene to provide maximum emotional impact.

Cliff Chamberlain also gives a strong performance as Charles. The scene where he initially encounters Eileen is loads of fun. Especially when Charles is trying to scientifically analyze what is happening. But as we all learn. Science cannot really analyze the drive behind human connection and the love of family.

 

Overall

This has to be the best episode thus far. Not only do we get some solid acting performances. But we also get quite a beautiful story and a few laughs and tears as we see Eileen and Charlie’s fantasy’s unravel. I loved the quote Elana Roarke makes about sometimes having to just meet people where they are at. It is very good advice and it is something I have learned over time in my day job.

9.2
Fantasy Island (S1 - EP3) Quantum Entanglement
  • Story
    9.0
  • Acting
    9.5
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.0
  • Incidental Music
    9.2

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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