TV.com will be making changes to the Private Message system the week of Jan 26, 2015. For more information click here

Tales of the Gold Monkey

Season 1 Episode 5

Escape From Death Island

1
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 1982 on ABC
9.5
out of 10
User Rating
8 votes
1

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
Escape From Death Island
AIRED:
Jake and Corky are imprisoned on an island penal colony when they try to free the son of an Englishman. After spending time there they realise that the prisoners are in charge.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Tuesday
No results found.
Wednesday
No results found.
Thursday
No results found.
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Jake and Corky (and Jack) fly an Englishman to an island penal colony to visit his imprisoned son. But when the man finds his son near death and tries to help him escape, they all become prisoners on the corrupt island. One of the series' best episodes...moreless

    10
    This review contains spoilers.



    Although I haven't seen episodes from the latter end of the season yet, 'Escape from Death Island' still probably ranks as one of my favourite episodes of 'Tales of the Gold Monkey'.



    I love the plot; it is simplistic yet detailed at the same time, and kept me engrossed throughout. Unlike a couple of early 'Gold Monkey' stories, which had good plots but were rather dragged out in places, the pace of 'Escape from Death Island' does not let up at any point, remaining totally exhilarating throughout. It also really captures the feel of the old 1930s & 1940s adventure films that the makers were going for with the series.



    I love the guest character of Henri, the mute prisoner who befriends Jack. As covered in my review from the Pilot, the series was only run once here in the United Kingdom, when I was quite young so couldn't fully remember the stories; but I know if it had been re-run a bit later, Henri was the sort of one-off guest character that I would have loved as a kid.



    Later on we find that the governors of Death Island have actually been bumped off, and their places have been taken by prisoners; we get some vague plot of them waiting for a visiting cargo boat to attack / escape on, but this is never really made all that clear. One might ask why they just didn't escape anyway (maybe that's why they needed the vessel?), but it doesn't matter too much and didn't spoil my enjoyment of the likeable tale.



    All-in-all, I really like this episode; as I say, probably one of my favourites from the whole series. I give this one a top scoring 10 out of 10.moreless
Gerry Gibson

Gerry Gibson

Arthur Fromby

Guest Star

Pierrino Mascarino

Pierrino Mascarino

Sgt. Rouget

Guest Star

Xander Berkeley

Xander Berkeley

Eric Fromby

Guest Star

Les Jankey

Les Jankey

Gushie the Waiter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

More
Less