×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cleopatra 2525

"Cleopatra 2525" is a clear sign that nothing much has changed since reaching the millennial milestone -- at least not to the teenage boys syndicator Studios USA targets with this series featuring scantily clad, bosomy babes cat-fighting their way around the globe to do battle for the greater good. After all, somebody has to give Pamela Anderson's "VIP" a run for its money.

With:
Hel - Gina Torres Sarge - Victoria Pratt Cleopatra - Jennifer Sky Mauser - Patrick Kake Horst - David Press Cat Man - Mark Williams Voice - Elizabeth Hawthorne

“Cleopatra 2525” is a clear sign that nothing much has changed since reaching the millennial milestone — at least not to the teenage boys syndicator Studios USA targets with this series featuring scantily clad, bosomy babes cat-fighting their way around the globe to do battle for the greater good. After all, somebody has to give Pamela Anderson’s “VIP” a run for its money.

Part of a new syndicated “Back 2 Back Action Hour” (with the costumer “Jack of All Trades”) from Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi’s Renaissance Pictures, creators of “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Cleopatra” is a futuristic romp that boasts strong female heroines and some camp humor that doesn’t require viewers to think too much. Running a mere half-hour, it’s faster-paced, though not as immediately accessible, as “Journeys of Hercules,” the hourlong it half replaces.Show hews closely to the formula of skin and mythology that works so well in the genre, and background for “Cleopatra” is summed up early in the show’s theme song — a crude bastardization of Zager & Evans’ 1969 hit “In the Year 2525.” Through this little ditty, we learn that: “In the year 2025, man fell asleep a technological fool and woke up one day under mechanical rule.”

As a result, humans have retreated underground while robotic beasts, called Bailies, roam the surface. Over the years, the underground population has divided into various subgroups, including genetic mutants, black-market mercenaries and human-looking Betrayer robots sent by the Bailies to squelch agitators.

Two female warriors, Hel (Gina Torres) and Sarge (Victoria Pratt) are part of a group fighting to reclaim the surface of the Earth. They swing through the underground labyrinth like 26th century Tarzans, venturing to different levels above and below ground to fight the enemy, as dictated by a mysterious voice that speaks to Hel — no, I’m not making this up — through her jaw.During a particularly hazardous mission, the two stumble upon Cleopatra (Jennifer Sky), a young woman from 2001 who was cryogenically frozen after falling into a coma during a routine “boob job.” In her time, Cleopatra was a Valley Girl — a Glendale Community College acting student and sometime exotic dancer.

Despite her propensity for screaming and fainting, her gift for mimicry saves the three in a battle with a hostile cyborg, and she is summarily recruited to be a part of this Charlie’s/Hell’s Angels team.

Acting here is unremarkable, although Pratt as Sarge, the woman with a shadowy past, grimaces at the right moments and looks as if she could really kick some serious butt. Torres, the Sabrina Duncan of the trio, if you will, offers a more pensive performance, while Sky does her best to personify a “plucky” heroine.

Production values are a mixed bag of impressive special effects and seemingly leftover studio sets from the days of the original “Star Trek.” In fact, Janet Holland’s costume design for our femme fatales appear to be selected by Captain James T. Kirk himself, a man who never could resist a woman with a bare midriff.

The music of Joseph LoDuca, Emmy nominated for his work on “Xena” and “Hercules,” continues to exceed all other tech credits.

Cleopatra 2525

Syndicated, Mon. Jan. 17

Production: Filmed in Auckland, New Zealand, by Renaissance Pictures in association with Studios USA. Executive producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, R. J. Stewart; co-executive producer, Eric Gruendemann; producer, Chris Black, Janine Dickins; co-producer, Mike McDonald, associate producer, Sam Clark; director, Greg Yaitanes; writer, R.J. Stewart.

Crew: Camera, Kevin Riley; editor, Cushla Dillon; music, Joseph LoDuca; casting, Marie Adams, Beth Hymson-Ayer, Tracy Hampton. 30 MIN.

Cast: Hel - Gina Torres Sarge - Victoria Pratt Cleopatra - Jennifer Sky Mauser - Patrick Kake Horst - David Press Cat Man - Mark Williams Voice - Elizabeth Hawthorne

More TV

  • Emmys statue

    TV Academy to Eliminate Emmy DVD Screeners in 2020

    The Television Academy will eliminate distribution of DVD screeners for eligible shows beginning with the 2020 Emmy cycle. Designed to eliminate both monetary and physical waste, the move will have a substantive impact on the strategy of Emmy marketers. It also makes the academy the first major entertainment-industry organization to bar physical screeners. More Reviews [...]

  • Super Bowl LII - Tom Brady,

    Verizon Plans Multiple Ad Plays Leading to Super Bowl Commercial

    If Verizon gets its way, its Super Bowl advertising plans will include a 60-second commercial during the game – and a half-hour documentary that gives viewers even more of what will be discussed in the ad. The telecommunications giant is often scrutinized for the communications resources it provides its customers, but its Super Bowl campaign [...]

  • Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce

    Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

    Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream from the AT&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25. More Reviews Film Review: 'Don't Come Back [...]

  • Naomi Watts

    Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series 'Wolves and Villagers' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Naomi Watts has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming Quibi series “Wolves and Villagers,” Variety has learned exclusively. The exact plot of the short-form series is being kept under wraps, but Quibi co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has previously described the show as “Fatal Attraction 2.0.” Jason Blum is executive producing the series, with [...]

  • HBO's 'Breslin And Hamill' Documentary Drops

    HBO's 'Breslin And Hamill' Documentary Drops Trailer

    “Revolutionary,” “superstars,” “the voice of true New Yorkers” — that’s how Spike Lee and other influential figures describe journalists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill in the trailer released for HBO’s “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists” documentary. The film, which premieres Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, follows the two newspaper columnists whose dedication and wit [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content