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Relic Hunter

Release Date: 
Air Date: 
September 17, 2001
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Star Rating: 
6 out of 10
Amerasian beauty Sydney Fox is an archaeology professor and martial arts black belt. Still watching? Then you probably tuned in every week last season for a dose of fast-paced fun, and series star Tia Carrere in something tight.

For what it tries to be—a smart-alecky mix of Tomb Raider, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Martial Law—this show is a kick. In the season opener, Sydney and her bumbling, slightly effeminate teaching assistant Nigel (Christien Anholt) leg it to a temple deep in darkest Africa to return a stolen artifact. It’s not the first time the show relies on the reverse-damsel-in-distress gag, and Sydney has to save Nigel’s lame Brit ass from yet another dire doom. And it won’t be the last: subsequent episodes have the pair, occasionally aided by cute blonde administrative assistant Claudia (Lindy Booth), facing down headhunters, Hindu death cultists, and former NFL all-star Fred Dryer. But if you’re going to split hairs over plot points, you’d be happier down the dial at PBS anyway.