In Review: Fantasy Island (S1 – EP4) Once Upon a Time in Havana

Percussionist Alma wants to be accepted by her tight-knit Cuban family but to understand why they disapprove of her musical career. She must revisit their history.
Havana

Synopsis: In Once Upon a Time in Havana. Percussionist Alma wants to be accepted by her tight-knit Cuban family but to understand why they disapprove of her musical career. She must revisit their history.

 

The Story

This week’s episode sees aspiring drummer Alma visit the island to pursue her dreams and get away from her disapproving family. In order to help with her. Elana sends Alma back in time to Havana, Cuba in the 1960s. While there she meets the younger versions of her Grandmother, Uncle, and Grandfather who himself was a percussionist. While getting to know her grandfather who she had never got to meet. She learns that her Uncle and Grandfather were smuggling rum in order to make enough money to get the family to America. However, when her Uncle gets into trouble. Her Grandfather has to sacrifice his music and life so that Alma’s Grandmother and Uncle can get out of Cuba.

Meanwhile, Elana is concerned that Ruby is still struggling to fit into Island life. So she takes a break and leaves Ruby in charge for a few days.

 

The Acting

Gigi Zumbado puts in a solid performance as Alma and I think most musicians and artists would likely empathize with her struggle. The story of Alma’s family and how she learns it is really nicely written and wonderfully performed by all the cast. I particularly enjoyed the scenes of Alma with her Grandfather Martino (Ektor Rivera) and how much importance he put on family. Even when they are at their most overbearing. They’ll have your back and protect you. That is pretty much how he puts it across to Alma.

Roselyn Sanchez gets to show us another side of Elana Roarke this week as she takes a little break in Havana. While there she watches Alma’s progress from afar while meeting up with Oscar who she seems to have an on-off relationship with. Now one of the things that we never got to learn in the original show that this is a sequel too is the origins of Roarke. Hopefully, that isn’t about to change because I’d rather it be kept a mystery. Either way, Modesto Lacen is pretty good in the role of Oscar and there is a little chemistry between him and Sanchez.

 

Overall

This was a pretty solid episode, which had some great music thanks to the main story involving Alma and her music. As a lover of music and somewhat of a musician. I really enjoyed this aspect of the episode as well as how the vibrancy of Havana’s music scene was brought to life as a backdrop for a pretty cool story.

9.6
Fantasy Island (S1 - EP4) Once Upon a Time in Havana
  • Story
    9.4
  • Acting
    9.7
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.2
  • Incidental Music
    10

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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