The Adventures of Sinbad
|The Adventures of Sinbad|
The Adventures of Sinbad intro card
|Created by||Ed Naha|
|Developed by||James L. Novack|
|Theme music composer||Matthew McCauley|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||44|
|Executive producer(s)||Ed Naha
|Running time||45 mins|
|Production company(s)||All American Television
|Original channel||Global Television Network (Canada)
first-run syndication (U.S)
|Original run||September 28, 1996 – May 24, 1998|
The Adventures of Sinbad is a Canadian television series which aired from 1996 to 1998. It follows on the story from the pilot of the same name. It revolves around the series' protagonist, Sinbad. The series is a re-telling of the adventures of Sinbad from The Arabian Nights. Created by Ed Naha, it was filmed in southern Ontario, Canada and in Cape Town, South Africa. The tone of the series resembled its contemporaries Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.
A sword and sorcery adventure set in a land of myth and magic in the Middle East, around the Persian Gulf. The series tells of the adventures of Sinbad and his brother as they gather a crew, and set sail in the ship, Nomad, from Baghdad in search of wealth and adventure. Along the way they face witches, wizards, strange tribes and fantastic creatures.
After two years at sea, Sinbad returns to his home, Baghdad. The city is very different from the Baghdad he remembers. It is now in the control of a prince and the grand vizier. He lands himself in prison, where he is reacquainted with his elder brother, Doubar, and discovers he is to be beheaded. When the princess is kidnapped, the Caliph of Baghdad says Sinbad is the only man he knows who is capable of facing Turok, the man who captured the princess. Before Sinbad is beheaded, Doubar comes to the rescue and sets him free. The brothers meet up with the rest of Sinbad's crew and proceed to Turok's lair, in search for Princess Adena. Sinbad tells his crew they need the help of his and Doubar's old mentor, Master Dim-Dim, so the crew head off for the Isle of Dawn, where he resides. They arrive at the island where they meet Dim-Dim and his new apprentice, Maeve, along with her avian companion, Dermott, a hawk. After the crew leaves the island Dim-Dim goes missing and Maeve decides to join Sinbad and his crew in their search for the lost Master.
Sinbad the Sailor is the series' main protagonist, and captain of the ship, "Nomad". In the first episode he returns from a two-year absence, after being swept off his ship and presumed dead. He wears a rainbow bracelet after his return. Portrayed by Zen Gesner
Doubar is Sinbad's older brother. Despite being fat, he is exceptionally strong. Portrayed by George Buza.
Firouz is an inventor/scientist. Throughout the series he invents many modern gadgets, including a bicycle, an umbrella, dynamite sticks, and lasers. He frequently doubts in supernatural phenomena showed in the series. Portrayed by Tim Progosh
Maeve is a Celtic sorceress, who is skilled in the arts of magic. She has a fiery personality and initially does not get along well with Sinbad, but later they become soulmates. She was only featured in the first season. The first episode for season two has her swept off the Nomad in the midst of a tempest, and it is later discovered the long-lost wizard Dim-Dim took her away to protect her from Rumina, a sorceress and a long-time foe of both Sinbad and Maeve. Portrayed by Jacqueline Collen
Dermott is a very intelligent hawk that joins the crew with Maeve. It is later discovered Dermott is Maeve's brother, under a spell cast by Rumina. Dermott is portrayed by Dermott the Hawk.
Bryn, a mysterious woman with a talent for magic, was introduced in season two. She meets Sinbad when he is washed ashore on the island she stays on. She had previously been washed ashore on the same island, and retained no memory of who she was or why she was there, apart from that her name was Bryn. She wore a rainbow bracelet matching Sinbad's, and when the two of them eventually managed to find the rest of the crew and escape the island, a message from Dim-Dim indicated she was the key to victory, presumably over the vengeful sorceress Rumina. Portrayed by Mariah Shirley.
Turok is an evil sorcerer that is featured in the first two episodes, and the season one finale. His daughter is Rumina. Portrayed by Juan Chiorian.
Rumina is the daughter of Turok. She is a recurring villain throughout the first season. She loves Sinbad, but hates him for murdering her father. Rumina is an expert in black magic, which is easy to learn compared to white magic. Rumina is also obsessed with killing Maeve, something she never manages to accomplish. Portrayed by Julianne Morris.
Scratch is a demon from the West. He calls himself the Devil and is a horned and hoofed creature. He goes by many different names, including the "Lord of the Flies." He is introduced in the episode "Conundrum" in season one and appears in two subsequent episodes.
Master Dim-Dim taught both Sinbad and Maeve and disappeared early on in the series. Sinbad and his crew continue to search for him. Portrayed by Wayne Robson.
Tetsu is a Ronin Warrior who also wears a rainbow bracelet, like Sinbad and Bryn. He appears once in both seasons. Portrayed by Von Flores
Mustapha was in the same prison as Doubar and Sinbad. When they were released to search for the lost princess, Mustapha introduced his good friend Rongar to the team. He dies in Rongar's arms in the second episode after trying to defeat a monster on board of the Nomad. He was portrayed by Ian Tracey.
In season one, Sinbad and his crew search for Master Dim-Dim, Sinbad and Maeve's old teacher who has disappeared.
- Return of Sinbad, Part 1: Returning home after two years at sea, Sinbad finds himself in prison. But the prince who threw him in there releases him for aid when his bride is kidnapped.
- Return of Sinbad, Part 2: Continuing from part one.
- The Beast Within
- Still Life: Sinbad and the crew land on an island owned by an artist with a disturbing secret surrounding his statues....
- The Ronin: Receiving a call from an old friend, Sinbad must defeat a master samurai in order to keep Baronia safe from a king with a sword of evil magic.
- Little Miss Magic
- King Firouz
- The Ties That Bind: Maeve is captured by Vikings who plan to sacrifice her to a monster.
- Double Trouble: Using her magic, Rumina shrinks Sinbad and uses his form to start a war.
- The Prince Who Wasn't
- The Village Vanishes: Upon receiving a message supposedly from Dim Dim, Sinbad and the crew find themselves trapped in a village where no one can leave.
- Masked Marauders
- The Ghoul's Tale
- The Rescue
- The Eye of Kratos: An old friend leads the crew to a mission involving an evil cult.
- The Bully: Sinbad learns that the bully responsible for the death of his first love in on the island the ship's landed on. But he must put his mission of vengeance aside to save a village from a cyclops.
- Trickster: The crew and Rumina must work together when they enter a supposedly haunted area where Maeve and Rumina's magic doesn't work.
- The Siren's Song: After they rescue a group of men from the sea, the crew begins to notice strange happenings aboard the ship. What dark secret do these men hold?
- Isle of Bliss: The crew is hired to retrieve a magic sword with the help of a female captain. But the captain has her own plans for it, and isn't exactly what she seems...
- The Vengeance of Rumina: On the one year anniversary of when Sinbad decapitated her father, Rumina makes a pact with Scratch to finish off their mutual enemy and restore Turok to his full form.
In the opening of season two, Maeve is swept away during a storm. In his attempt to rescue her, Sinbad washes up on an island where he meets Bryn, who joins his crew. This season is darker in tone than season one, and explores the mystery of the rainbow bracelets.
- The Sacrifice: Washing ashore after a storm, Sinbad finds himself on an island where he rescues a young woman named Bryn from becoming a sacrifice.
- The Return of the Ronin
- Heart and Soul: Sinbad and Rongar must defeat a vampire in order to save the rest of the crew from the blood (or rather soul) sucking fiend's wife.
- The Voyage to Hell
- Ali Rashid and the Thieves
- The Gift: A reunion with Sinbad and Doubar's old crew turns into a nightmare when a deranged hunchback named Backbok uses enchanted dolls to murder them one by one.
- The Curse of the Gorgons: A boy recruits the crew to save his village from the thrall of a gorgon. But they soon learn that she wasn't the only one there....
- The Beast of Basra: Doubar is transformed into a werewolf.
- The Monster
- The Passengers
- The Invaders: Sinbad has a close encounter when an alien spaceship lands on an island. But that's the least of his worries, as a religious fanatic rallies the townspeople to try and destroy the "demons". The ending implies that Sinbad and Bryn's bracelets are actually alien technology.
- The Book of Before
- City under Plague
- The Empress
- Castle Keep: Arrested under the false charge of piracy, Sinbad joins with his fellow prisoners to try and overthrow the corrupt prince. But Sinbad learns that the leader of the rebellion may be much worse than the prince.
- The Gryphon's Tale
- The Beast of the Dark
- Survival Run
- The Minotaur
- The Guardians
- Hell House
Entertainment One released season 1 of The Adventures of Sinbad on DVD in Region 1 (Canada only) on May 25, 2004. As of 2010, this release is now out of print.
|DVD Name||Ep#||Release Dates|
|Season 1||22||October 19, 2010|
|Season 2||22||January 4, 2011|
- Terrace, Vincent (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Volume 1). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3305-6.