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Mostly a Splash,
This review is from: Flipper - Original Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
What better life could two boys imagine? Sandy (Luke Halpin) and Bud Ricks (Tommy Norden) live with their father Porter (Brian Kelly) on the beach. Literally. See, Porter is the ranger for Coral Key Park and Reserve, and they live within the park. Better yet, they have a pet dolphin they've named Flipper.
Life is never dull in the park. There are crises of all kinds to face. Natural dangers like shark attacks, two hurricanes, and poisonous snakes threaten the family and park visitors. But human dangers are just as real. How did a sunken car get in the middle of the preserve? Who is stealing from visitor boats in the park? Matters of the heart are even explored when Bud thinks that Porter's new friend is out to replace his dead mother and Sandy develops his first crush.
But through it all, it is Flipper who saves the day. This heroic dolphin seems to understand his human family and know exactly what they need. He's always showing up in the nick of time.
Let's be honest, this isn't great TV. The acting is mediocre at best, and the writing is lazy quite a bit of time. I can't count the number of episodes that drop or gloss over a plot point to make the time limit. Plus the effects are rather cheesy most of the time.
But let's not count out the charm of the shows. Even though I know the outcome (yes, this show is also predictable), I can get so caught up in the moment that I am on the edge of my seat. Quite a few of these shows got my heart pumping. And, while the spoken acting isn't that great, everyone does a good job of acting underwater. I had never realized just how much of the show was done silent since humans can't talk while diving. Yet I always followed the story.
And let's not leave out the scenery. The underwater shots are quite often breathtakingly beautiful.
This set is packed full of underwater fun. There are 30 episodes on four double sided DVD's. While some of the material doesn't look so good, most of the episodes still look great. The only extra is a trivia game, which is actually about dolphins in general and only marginally about the show. I actually learned quite a bit from playing it.
At the end of the day, the fun of this show outweighs the negatives. So if you have fond memories or love the water, get this set. Just be prepared to put up with some cheese.