With the success of all the fantasy action shows of the 1990′s it was only inevitable that Sheena would return to the TV in the year 2000. We might not have Pan Am flights to the moon in 2001, but at least we got Gena Lee Nolin playing Sheena, jungle queen. This version was filmed in Florida and has been released on DVD by Sony.
As a jungle queen, Gena Lee Nolin is pleasing to the eyes, but is no Jamie Lee Curtis. A former Baywatch actress, she had the training to handle the physical demands of the role. I can't fault her too much, since this was her first starring TV series role. Better scripts might have helped.
Based on what I have been able to watch, the 21st century Sheena is far more supernatural than the previous ones. The origin story follows that of the original, but this time she has the power to turn into different animals as the need arises. What intrigued me the most was another aspect she possessed: the ability to turn into a feral predator (no doubt influenced by another series of the same name) and wreck holy hell with the baddies.
The Florida locations used for filming the series work very well. You can almost believe it takes place in the mythical African country of Maltaka. The other actors...oh what time is it? What I have seen of the series, the situations and scripts leave much to be desired. It's obvious to me they were trying to get another Warrior Princess series and Sheena was the raw material. Hey, we all have bills to pay.
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