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Relic Hunter (TV Series, 1999-2002)

The Weird Tradition

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Sep 27, 2018, 11:26am Top

Tia Carrere. Fantasy/Mystery/Adventure. LOVED this show. Curious if any tales in The Weird Tradition mirror these themes or expand on the potential of the stories covered by this limited but highly addictive show. Any suggestions/thoughts/comments welcome!

Sep 27, 2018, 11:41am Top

That's from a period when I watched very little tv. I wonder if there's a streaming source for that show now?

Edited: Sep 27, 2018, 11:42am Top

That show fell smack into my TV blackout period (self-imposed), I've never heard of it. Sounds like a riff on Indiana Jones, which depending upon the story / relic could wander into the Weird, but could just as easily follow an adventure / police procedural template.

ETA >2 paradoxosalpha:

Parallel lives! I've never really recovered from that exile, and am happy for it.

Edited: Sep 27, 2018, 12:00pm Top

Here's the link I forgot to post: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0207919/?ref_=nm_knf_t4

My own experience was the opposite; grew up on 3 channels (CBC/CTV/Global?) and when I hit Toronto for school I stopped cold turkey, which lasted from 1983-Dec1996. Had my first son in Jan97, moved out west, had twin sons the next year, so this lassie was not moving around much except with a stroller and a grocery cart. Tia gave me a sense of adventure that I missed after retiring from the tourism industry. My daughter was born in Mar2000 so I had four children within 38mos. of each other in age. In essence, this show was perfect timing and perfect everything to make my mouth water. I think it came to mind after rereading The Gold-Bug by Poe on the other Deep Ones discussion thread. My children loved the Lara Croft movies (we did not have the video games) and that might have been the first time I saw Gerrard Butler, alongside Angie Jolie in Lara Croft: Cradle of Life. They seemed to me a reflection of Relic Hunter. It was a small cast, very agile and very funny and I would absolutely buy it on dvd if I could find all four seasons!

Mixing this type of show in my head with the supernatural, maybe puts me in the headspace of The Mummy (1999) set to celebrate 20 years next year. It might have been a trend, like the werewolves in the early 80s.

Sep 27, 2018, 12:33pm Top

The first Indiana Jones film came out in 1981. Michael Douglas's cheap imitation, "The Jewel of the Nile", came out in 1985. The first Tomb Raider computer game came out in 1996.

I think Relic Hunter was basically riding the wave of adventurous archaeologists that was in vogue at the time. I also think Tia Carrere was capitalising on the role she played in "True Lies" in which she was an evil relic hunter. If you haven't watched "True Lies" I recommend you do. It is very funny.

Edited: Sep 27, 2018, 1:00pm Top

>5 pgmcc: Those timelines make it all fairly transparent!

I do remember seeing True Lies (1994), but forgot Tia was even in it. All I remember is Jamie Lee Curtis. She was breathtaking, even for a female audience! Same for Trading Places (1983).

Here is the link, before I forget again, for the most recent Tomb Raider (2018). I dragged my youngest to the theatre to see it, and although the guns didn't bother her, the skull pit did. Tough nuggies. When the next one comes along, we're going! It was listed as Action/Adventure/Fantasy.


Alicia Vikander might not look like the video game model of Lara Croft, as much as Angelina Jolie did, but she is much more convincing as a 'I don't want my family's wealth if I have to sell my soul' and 'he can't be dead as long as I don't believe he's dead' daughter, hellbent on digging and clawing her way to the deeply buried truth. The end of the movie has a moment of hmmm so although it might not have pulled in the big bucks, I expect they will be able to muster another into being.

Edited: Sep 27, 2018, 1:25pm Top

As an afterthought, although I have seen Raiders of the Lost Ark and most of the other Indiana Jones films, and Star Wars too back in the day, I likely won't be revisiting them since I find Harrison Ford to be a sour old sot and the only film I own of his is Extraordinary Measures (2010) and that is because it has personal meaning, it's based on a heartbreaking true story, and he's flanked by both Keri Russell/Brendan Fraser, which makes him mildly tolerable. His role in the film suits his 'apparent' permanent mood. Sometimes talent is not enough. Watch the trailer, you'll see.


That being said, my boys have Indiana Jones Lego DS games (and Harry Potter Lego 3DS, etc.) which are still household favourites. Those I can manage.

Sep 27, 2018, 1:52pm Top

'Sfunny. I too had a long period of TV blackout, from 2003 (when I moved out from my parents' place) to 2017 (when I moved in with my now wife).

Relic Hunter thus aired before my blackout, but I have no recollection of having heard of it. Wikipedia informs me it did air in Sweden, but on a channel my parents didn't have.

Sep 27, 2018, 2:23pm Top

It is currently airing here on a channel thenane of which I cannot remember.

Sep 28, 2018, 4:46pm Top

Relic Hunter's been a fixture on UK satellite and cable for years but I don't think it's particularly well known - t hasn't been shown on one of the "terrestrial" channels (BBC. ITV, etc.) with viewing figures in the millions, nor has it got the media attention and cultural caché of a Game of Thrones...I'm aware of it but I've never watched a full episode. I've set the Skybox timer for 5:00am tomorrow morning because that's when the next episode is on Sky Two! - I'll report back on what I think after I've watched it.

Sep 28, 2018, 6:34pm Top

You are a martyr holy hannah! Sacrificing your sleep for off-shoot tangents? You are a gentleman and a scholar. =) Merci merci merci.

Sep 28, 2018, 6:54pm Top

>11 frahealee:

No, I'm not much of a martyr to art...it will be recorded on the box's hard drive...and I'll be able to view it a a civilised hour and hopefully refreshed after a decent night's sleep!

Edited: Oct 1, 2018, 2:28pm Top

>12 housefulofpaper: Oh dear, did you hear the thud?! left an imprint …

" the anticipation must surpass the reality "
(your own words/post36 from Ligeia/Gothic thread, concerning Poe's take on Dickens' Mrs.Rudge)

give it 2or3 episodes to break it in - maybe those types of things are simply more fun to watch than read, but I enjoyed King Solomon's Mines recently by Haggard (watched Patrick Swayze in the role as pure indulgence)

Oct 7, 2018, 5:53pm Top

>13 frahealee:
It took a bit longer than I thought to watch the episode. Thoughts: I had seen it before but never stuck with it for a whole episode. I had to ask myself why because I enjoyed this one (series one, episode 9 "The Book of Love", about Casanova's lost love manual) well enough. One the one hand I probably came to the series originally with a head full of Umberto Eco rather than Dan Brown, and intellectual expectations far too high. On the other, it's not all that far away, in tone or execution, from the lighter episodes of the new (2005- to date) Doctor Who. And I'm not the sort of fan who moans that Doctor Who was better in 1965 (or whenever - probably when the viewer was eight!)

What could derail my enjoyment? Well, this story ended with a moral, pretty much. They don't all do that, do they? It's a bit children's TV -if not Sunday School.

I'm not sure how comfortably Relic Hunter sits under the "Weird" rubric, but it clearly is in a lie of descent from the adventure stories that were published in the pulp magazines, and Weird Tales was a pulp magazine, after all (albeit it billed itself as "The Unique Magazine").

Oct 7, 2018, 6:11pm Top

>14 housefulofpaper: this story ended with a moral, pretty much.

Oh, no!

Edited: Oct 10, 2018, 8:44am Top

>14 housefulofpaper: Well, I'll take that as a hard no. The Gold-Bug will remain my line in the sand. My allergies to newsprint/etc. means I have never read a piece of pulp fiction, and very few newspapers or comic books, so I have a lot of online catching up to do. And yes, by the time this show debuted, I had three sons 15mos. apart under the age of 2, so was not looking for literary prowess. If I could stay awake to see the show, that was a miracle in and of itself. My husband travelled with work and was often gone 3wks at a time, so I could not watch doctor/police shows and stay sane. Light and lively won the day. Morals mattered more to us than mainstream fascination with criminal behavior.

Have not read Eco or Brown (nor have I seen Doctor Who), so unsure of their relevance in comparison with Tia. I had one year of history class in grade 9 and that was painful enough, so have relied on a lot of these forms of entertainment to shed light on various historical times but obviously then miss most of the references, and have no idea of the true/false quotient. All for fun and fun for all.

Thank you, though, for taking time to research my initial question. You've saved me a lot of empty maze searches.

Edited: Oct 28, 2018, 2:43am Top

Never seen Doctor Who? But you're missing so much! (Says the person who's seen maybe 10 episodes and nearly all of them Peter Capaldi).

I didn't need to see this thread, as now I have the theme song in my head and it's aura of "adventure, ho!" I think some of that adventurism attitude applies to Doctor Who as well, from what I've seen. They both are in the vein of "oh boy! What fascinating adventure and shenanigans shall we encounter today!" Complete with a peppy arm swing.

I will add that, if Relic Hunter is looking into relics with a basis in reality, Doctor Who is looking for the stuff that's sideways of it. For example, Tia might go looking for a lost painting of Vincent Van Gogh, while Doctor Who discovers in that painting that Van Gogh has an alien problem and goes to help him out with it. (That would be the episode "Vincent and the Doctor.")

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