Sheena (TV series)

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Sheena
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GenreAction
Adventure
Fantasy
Created byDouglas Schwartz
Steven L. Sears
StarringGena Lee Nolin
John Allen Nelson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes35
Production
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Douglas Schwartz/Steven L. Sears Productions
Columbia TriStar Television Distribution
(2000-2001)
(seasons 1-2)
Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
(2001-2002)
(season 2)
DistributorColumbia TriStar Television Distribution
(2000-2001)
(seasons 1-2)
Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
(2001-2002)
(season 2)
Release
Original networkSyndicated
Picture format4:3
Original releaseOctober 7, 2000 –
February 23, 2002
External links
Website

Sheena is an American action-adventure television series which was produced for first-run syndication from 2000 to 2002.

Based upon W. Morgan Thomas's comic book character Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, which previously spawned a 1950s TV series of the same title; this turn-of-the-millennium version updated its title character to the 21st century. There were two seasons, containing 22 and 13 episodes. It starred Gena Lee Nolin and John Allen Nelson, and was developed for television by Douglas Schwartz and Steven L. Sears. In this version, Sheena was given the mystical ability to transform into almost any jungle animal; she also spoke whole sentences (akin to Ron Ely's Tarzan), unlike Irish McCalla's interpretation of the character. Several episodes from the first season are available to view for free in Minisode format on Crackle, as well as on Hulu.

Premise[edit]

Sheena's parents were archaeologists who died in the jungle when she was about six years old, orphaning their daughter Cheryl Hamilton (as explained in the episode "Stranded in the Jungle"; otherwise, Sheena remembers nothing of her parents, or of her pre-Africa childhood). She was taken in by Kali, a local Shamaness of a tribe who brought her up; five years ago, she was taught how to morph into birds and other animals, thus acquiring their abilities, up to and including flight. She also befriended animals such as zebra Marika, elephant Chango and monkey Tiki. Moreover, she became a mythical creature called "The Darak'na" who relies on people's fear of the unknown. For this, she covers herself in a dark liquid mud which allows her to be largely unseen in the low light of the jungle. With above-average strength, agility and speed—and armed with a pair of bone-clawed gloves—she is a formidable one-woman fighting force. She does kill sometimes.

In the first episode, she meets Matt Cutter (John Allen Nelson) who runs a safari business by air, water and land. In his youth, Cutter had a promising career as a football player till a knee injury ruined it (he has no apparent injury now). He joined the CIA, being code-named "Jericho" and fought as a mercenary. He was a first class sniper but an accident meant he killed an innocent person which caused him to abandon his old life for the life he now leads.

On their first meeting, Sheena is not sure what side Cutter is on, as she is a protector of the jungle and Cutter seems willing to do anything for money. He is unknowingly helping criminals. Within several episode, Cutter became more responsible, and less booze- and money-oriented. Sometimes there is chemistry between Sheena and Cutter, hinting at a development of their relationship, and at other times, the plotline appears to show a platonic friendship. This is notable in an episode where she meets an old "Agency" friend of Cutter's and a deeper level intimacy is suggested than in any of the scenes with Cutter.

Mendelsohn is a run-down buddy of Cutter's who services his plane and does odd jobs for him. The three come up against the local petty tyrant, would be dictators, small armies, a police officer who cannot wholly be trusted, evil tribesmen, evil foreigners, people from their past, assorted traps, etc.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2000–01)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Sheena"Jon CassarSteven L. Sears & Douglas SchwartzOctober 7, 2000 (2000-10-07)
Matt Cutter is in for a life changing experience when he meets Sheena.
22"Fallout"Jon CassarBill TaubOctober 14, 2000 (2000-10-14)
An American satellite crashes near by and the information is sought after by the Russians and the troops of the corrupt president N'Gama.
33"Revenge of the Jirds"Scott PaulinBabs GreyhoskyOctober 21, 2000 (2000-10-21)
Sheena and Cutter try to find out who's smuggling mouse-like creatures called jirds into the country.
44"A Rite of Passage"Walter Von HueneBabs GreyhoskyOctober 28, 2000 (2000-10-28)
An ugly secret from Kali's past reemerges on Sheena's birthday.
55"Tourist Trap"Scott PaulinKeith ThompsonNovember 4, 2000 (2000-11-04)
Terrorists steal a dangerous virus and hold Cutter's tourist group hostage.
66"Buried Secrets"Corey EubanksSteven L. Sears & Babs GreyhoskyNovember 11, 2000 (2000-11-11)
Sheena and Cutter are trapped in a cave while investigating an area from Sheena's childhood. And they aren't alone...
77"The Lost Boy"Nelson McCormickTony Blake & Paul JacksonNovember 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)
A runaway military school student leads a tribe against N'Gama's troops.
88"Wild Thing"Corey EubanksSteven L. SearsNovember 25, 2000 (2000-11-25)
Cutter and Kali must rescue a half transformed Sheena before a hunter (Henry Polic II) does.
99"Doing as the Romans"Jon CassarCraig VolkJanuary 13, 2001 (2001-01-13)
Sheena and Cutter go undercover to rescue a woman from becoming one of N'Gama's wives.
1010"The Children of the LaMistas"Scott PaulinTony Blake & Paul JacksonJanuary 20, 2001 (2001-01-20)
An old enemy from the past leads Sheena and Cutter to a gene splicing nightmare....
1111"Prey"Scott PaulinJeff ValmingJanuary 27, 2001 (2001-01-27)
Sheena and Cutter try to stop a group of hunters who target endangered species, but find themselves as prey.
1212"Divas of the Jungle"Scott PaulinTeleplay by: Jonathan Latt
Story by: Kevin Beggs & Jonathan Latt
February 3, 2001 (2001-02-03)
Cutter is hired to guide a photographer and models through the jungle. But the photographer isn't what he seems...
1313"Forbidden Fruit"Gary JonesBabs GreyhoskyFebruary 10, 2001 (2001-02-10)
Sheena and Cutter turn on each other after eating a mysterious fruit.
1414"The Fool Monty"Gary JonesBill TaubFebruary 17, 2001 (2001-02-17)
A documentary maker ends up causing a tribal war while searching for the Darak'na.
1515"Sanctuary"Chuck BowmanTony Blake & Paul JacksonFebruary 24, 2001 (2001-02-24)
Sheena and Cutter try to help refugees reach a sanctuary, only to get involved with a fight against the warlord's soldiers.
1616"Jewel"Chuck BowmanTeleplay by: Steven L. Sears
Story by: Steven L. Sears & Jon Valenti
April 14, 2001 (2001-04-14)
Sheena and a reluctant Cutter search for a tribe's pilfered jewel.
1717"Friendly Fire"Terry InghramBabs GreyhoskyApril 21, 2001 (2001-04-21)
Tuli, an old friend of Sheena's, find a plant which may cure radiation poisoning, but is injured by a rival.
1818"Between a Rock and a Hard Place"Terry InghramBabs GreyhoskyApril 28, 2001 (2001-04-28)
A corrupt tribe leader wants to own a sacred rock.
1919"Tyler Returns"Carl WeathersBill TaubMay 5, 2001 (2001-05-05)
An old CIA pal of Cutter's (Peter Onorati) shows up to lead a mission to kill a terrorist responsible for the death of a friend of Sheena's. Or is he there for that?
2020"Unsafe Passage"Carl WeathersSteve L. SearsMay 12, 2001 (2001-05-12)
Sheena must save Kali from being sold into slavery.
2121"Marabunta"Christian I. Nyby IIDeborah SchwartzMay 19, 2001 (2001-05-19)
Sheena and Cutter are trapped by killer ants.
2222"Cult of One"Nelson McCormickBill TaubMay 26, 2001 (2001-05-26)
Sheena must prove the true evil of a supposedly benevolent cult leader.

Season 2 (2001–02)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
231"Rendezvous"Chuck BowmanTony Blake & Paul JacksonOctober 6, 2001 (2001-10-06)
Sheena finds herself falling for an Interpol agent she's helping.
242"The Feral King"Carl WeathersTeleplay by: Melissa Good
Story by: Christopher Mack
October 13, 2001 (2001-10-13)
Sheena must help a young woman find a feral young man, who in reality is the heir to a fortune, as a way of repaying her debt to his father, before hunters paid by the young man's evil uncle and the father's partner kill him.
253"Mind Games"Walter Von HueneTony Blake & Paul JacksonOctober 20, 2001 (2001-10-20)
An old enemy of Kali seeks to control Sheena.
264"Collateral Damage"Chuck BowmanRick HuskyOctober 27, 2001 (2001-10-27)
Sheena and Cutter meet a CIA sniper being targeted for assassination by rogue operatives.
275"Meltdown in Maltaka"Jon CassarGene Miller & Karen KavnerNovember 3, 2001 (2001-11-03)
Sheena, Cutter and Mendelsohn help a female boxer with her dreams.
286"The Treasure of Sienna Mende"Goran GajicHarry DunnNovember 10, 2001 (2001-11-10)
Sheena and Cutter search for a treasure that could help a tribe afford irrigation supplies. But a treasure hunter has her eyes on the treasure as well.
297"The Darkness"Terry IngramSteven L. SearsNovember 17, 2001 (2001-11-17)
Is a mystic beast responsible for several deaths?
308"Still Hostage After All These Years"Walter Von HueneBabs GreyhoskyNovember 24, 2001 (2001-11-24)
Cutter's ex-wife is called in to negotiate a hostage situation.
319"Return of the Native"Goran GajicBabs GreyhoskyJanuary 26, 2002 (2002-01-26)
A former love of Sheena's returns to change Maltaka's education system.
3210"The Maltaka Files"Terry IngramTeleplay by: Tony Blake & Paul Jackson
Story by: Harold Apter
February 2, 2002 (2002-02-02)
Sheena and Cutter expose the truth behind sightings of UFOs, with help from Kali and Mendelsohn.
3311"Stranded in the Jungle"Carl WeathersCarla WagnerFebruary 9, 2002 (2002-02-09)
A group of explorers compete in a jungle trek challenge for five million US$, unaware that civil war has erupted in the area. One of the participants holds clues to Sheena's past.
3412"Coming to Africa"Terry IngramRobin Jill BurgerFebruary 16, 2002 (2002-02-16)
A princess who was sent to the US as a child returns for an arranged intertribal marriage with a life-view which both villages find hard to comprehend, whilst sibling rivalry simmers.
3513"The World According to Mendehlson"Jon CassarTom BlomquistFebruary 23, 2002 (2002-02-23)
Mendehlson is mistaken for a tribal deity when their king is poisoned, leading to the trio helping save the tribe's sacred statues.

DVD releases[edit]

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released both seasons on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time in 2012. Season 1 was released on June 5, 2012,[1] while season 2 was released on July 3, 2012.[2] These are Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) releases, available via Amazon.com & DVDEmpire.com.

On August 15, 2017, Mill Creek Entertainment re-released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 in a 6-disc set entitled Sheena - Queen of the Jungle Collection: The Movie & TV Series.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lambert, David (June 1, 2012). "Sheena - Availability Date for 'The Complete 1st Season' with Gena Lee Nolan". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Gena Lee Nolin Roars on the Package Art for 'The Complete 2nd Season' Archived 2012-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ The 1984 Tanya Roberts Film AND The 2000 Gena Lee Nolin TV Show...TOGETHER! Archived 2017-06-10 at the Wayback Machine

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