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 Tarzan: The Epic Adventures
IMDB Credits
"Tarzan! Orphaned at birth in darkest Africa. Raised by the great apes.
He grew up in the primitive world of the jungle until fate brought him face to face with his past.
Taking his rightful place as Earl of Greystoke, Tarzan soon became disenchanted with civilization.
He returned home to Africa. Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle!"
Series Stars:
Joe Lara as Tarzan
Aaron Seville as Themba
Don McLeod: Bolgani / Glok (8 episodes)
Angela Harry: Queen La (3 episodes)
Annika Bullus: Kali (3 episodes)
Andrew Divoff: Nicholai Rokoff (2 episodes)
Tony Caprari: Kuno (2 episodes) 


1. Tarzan's Return (Part 1) ~ August 28, 1996
Writer: Burton Armus
Director: Brian Yuzna
Guest star: Lydie Denier (Olga de Coude) (Note: Lydie played Jane in the 1991 Tarzan series  starring 1991 Wolf Larson. She has made many appearances at ERB conventions -- Dum-Dums and ECOFs)
Andrew Divoff (Nikolas Rokoff),
Corinna Everson (Mara)
Linda Hoffman (Jana),
Ralph Wilcox (Mugambi),
Dennis Christopher (Paul D'Arnot),
Nicholas Worth (Alexis),
Billy Capizz (Achmed)

A two-hour movie that reintroduces John Clayton, Lord Greystoke -- Tarzan. Tarzan is in Paris where he is becoming more uncomfortable with civilization and yearns for the jungle. His return begins with a "Journey to the Center of the Earth". In order to close the hole to the other world Tarzan must find the gem stolen from the gateway. Gaff: Look for cable attached to the vine on which Tarzan is swinging.


2. Tarzan's Return (Part 2) ~ August 28, 1996
Writer: Burton Armus
Director: Brian Yuzna
Guest star: Andrew Divoff (Nikolas Rokoff),
Corinna Everson (Mara)
Linda Hoffman (Jana),
Ralph Wilcox (Mugambi),
Dennis Christopher (Paul D'Arnot),
Nicholas Worth (Alexis),
Billy Capizz (Achmed)

After being devoured by a gigantic snake in the first half Tarzan must follow Rokoff to Pellucidar at the Earth's core. Rokoff plots with the Queen of the Mahars who are human flesh eaters.


3. Tarzan and the Leopard Queen ~ September 28, 1996
Writer: Bouwdewyn Captein
Director: William Tannen
Guest star: Nkhensani Manganyi (Tashi) ,
Annika Bullus (Kari),
Nandi Nyembe (Unknown),
Mawonga Dominic Tyawa (Unknown)

Tarzan meets up with his old friend Temba who returns from Europe to take his place as Chief of the Wogambi. His people disappear and the  Leopard Men attack the Waziri village. In order to save Themba and the women of the Waziri, Tarzan must face Sheeta The Leopard Woman.


4. Tarzan and the Lost Legion ~ October 5, 1996
Writer: Christopher A. Rosen
Director: George Keith
Guest star: Robert Knott (Claudias),
Vanessa Pike (Athena),
Zane Meas (Unknown),
Soli Philander (Unknown),
Christopher Buchanan (Unknown)

A Roman Legion that has survived in the jungle for 900 years learns that the Empire has fallen. Claudius is challenged for his authority by his niece Athena while Themba and Tarzan are pitted against each other in the circle of death.


5. Tarzan and the Scarlet Diamond ~ October 12, 1996
Writer: Rhonda Smiley
Director: Gino Tanasescu
Guest star: Brittney Powell (Unknown),
Stephan Jennings (Unknown),
Theodore Siheko (Unknown),
Siya Bonga Twala (Unknown)

When a female pilot comes to the jungle in search of her friend, she finds a new friend in Tarzan. Emma's friend is an archeologist and has started a war between the Ungala and the Lizarians. The reason for the war? The Scarlet Diamond.


6. Tarzan and the Black Orchid ~ October 19, 1996
Writer: Adam Malerie & Rhonda Smiley
Director: William Tannen
Guest star: Don McLeod (Bolgani),
Danny Keogh (Unknown), (Note: Musician/Actor and former son-in-law of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley.)
Gina Borthwick (Unknown),
David Sherwood (Unknown),
Sello Sebotsane (Unknown),
Elizabeth Mathebula (Unknown),
Peter Stonely (Unknown),
Flash Thaito (Unknown)

Temba becomes the victim of a deadly plague after an ape attack. The jungle may only have a few months before the plague over runs it, unless Tarzan finds the cure. The Black Orchid holds that cure but is considered non-existent.


7. Tarzan and the Reflections in an Evil Eye ~ October 26, 1996
Writer: Pieter De Groote
Director: George Keith
Guest star: Natalia De Rocha (Unknown),
Lena Farugia (Unknown),
George Lamola (Unknown),
Noluthando Maleka (Unknown),
Kathy Jo Ross (Unknown)

Tarzan falls prey to an evil sorcerer who places him under a spell that divides his "ape" instincts and "man" self.


8. Tarzan and the Priestess of Opar ~ November 2, 1996
Writer: Dennis Kerner Director: Gino Tanasescu
Guest star: Angela Harry (La),
Nicole Franco (Unknown),
Zam Nkosi (Unknown),
Frank Pereira (Unknown)

Searching for a lost explorer, Tarzan ventures to the Forbidden City, where he's captured and prepared for sacrifice. His great strength catches the eye of the High Priestess.


9. Tarzan and the Fury of the Zadu ~ November 9, 1996
Writer: Tim Gould
Director: William Tannen
Guest star: Angela Harry (La),
Victor Mashibini (Unknown),
Sello Motloung (Unknown)

When a solar eclipse turns a peaceful tribe into savages, Tarzan forms a shaky alliance with La -- whose mysterious potion can return tribe members to their normal selves.


10. Tarzan and the Revenge of Zimpala ~ November 16, 1996
Writer: Jake McQueen
Director: Gino Tanasescu
Guest star: Mirron E. Willis (Zimpala),
Piper Dellums Ross (Unknown),
Tina Jaxa (Unknown),
William Abdul (Unknown)

The brutal hunter Zimpala stalks Tarzan to avenge the death of his brother, who was killed by Tarzan for poaching his ape mother.


11. Tarzan and the Return of  Kukulcan ~ November 23, 1996
Writer: Dylan Mitchell & Blake Wells
Director: William Tannen
Guest star: Nkhensani Manganyi (Tashi)
Meilani Paul  (Unknown),
Graham Clark (Unknown),
Robin Smith (Unknown)

Tasi is bitten by one of the Snake People. Tarzan and Themba must take her to the Sienota in the ancient Mayan village. The Mayans, believing  that Tarzan is their God, KuKulcan, are willing to take on the Snake People's way of life.


12. Tarzan and the White Pebble ~ January 26, 1997
Writer: Mark Roper
Director: Mark Roper
Guest star: Nkhensani Manganyi (Tashi),
Jerry Mofokeng (Unknown),
Jocelyn Broderick (Unknown),
Graham Hopkins (Unknown)

Vusi, an oracle, challenges Tarzan with a series of tasks to teach him about his past, his human side and his future as a warrior.


13. Tarzan and the Moon God ~ February 2, 1997
Writer: Rhonda Smiley
Director: William Tannen
Guest star: Nkhensani Manganyi (Tashi) ,
Tony Caprari (Unknown),
Ian Yule (Unknown)

Tarzan and Themba spearhead a fevered search for the pirates who've stolen a statue that the Waziris use to honour the moon god.


14. Tarzan and the Forbidden City ~ February 9, 1997
Writer: Dennis Kerner
Director: Gino Tanasescu
Guest star: Andre Jacobs (Unknown),
Wilson Dunster (Unknown),
Ashley Hayden (Unknown),
Chris Van Niekerk (Unknown)

Themba, Tarzan and one of his friends fall prey to a vicious mercenary, who forces them to lead him to the Forbidden City so he can steal the tribe's riches.


15. Tarzan and the Leopard Demon ~ February 16, 1997
Writer: Louis Scholl
Director: William Tannen
Guest star: Martin Dlamini,
Michael McCabe (Cali's Father),
Annika Bullis (Kari),
Jerry Mofokeng (Unknown),
David Clatworthy (Unknown)

Tarzan intercedes when the Leopard Demon kidnaps a hunter's daughter. He then finds he must contend with the members of a bloodthirsty seach party.


16. Tarzan and the Demon Within ~ February 23, 1997
Writer: Dennis Richards
Director: William Tannen
Guest star: Nkhensani Manganyi (Tashi),
Don McLeod (Bolgani),
Annika Bullis (Kari),
Angela Harry (La),
Natsha Sutherland (Dalen),
Jocelyn Broderick (Unknown),
Natalia De Rocha (Unknown),
Wilson Dunster (Unknown),
Stephen Jennings (Unknown),
Noluthando Maleka (Unknown),
Zane Meas (Unknown),
Nandi Nyembe (Unknown),
Brittney Powell (Unknown),
Kathy Jo Ross (Unknown),
Theodore Sibeko (Unknown),
Graham Hopkins (Unknown)

In a clip-filled episode, Tarzan must overcome his own fears over being trapped in enclosed spaces when he and Themba become lost in a caved-in mine shaft.


17. Tarzan and the Mahars ~ March 2, 1997
Writer: Dennis Kerner
Director: John Carl Buechler
Guest star: Stephen Macht (Nikolas Rokoff),
Nan Hamilton (Unknown),
Nomsa Nene (Unknown),
Sicelo Diamini (Unknown)
In this direct sequal to the pilot episode, Tarzan is confronted by his old arch nemesis Rockoff. Rockoff has tunneled back from Pellucidar to the surface world of men by stealing Abner Perry's "Iron Mole." Unfortunately he has been followed by massive winged creatures called Maharswho can control human thought. By controlling your mind they can appear to be "anyone." The Queen Mahar is on a quest to recover the "jewel of immortality" which was stolen by Rockoff. Tthe queen kills Rockoff's brother, and kidnaps Tarzan's friend Themba. Rockoff joins forces with Tarzan to avenge his brother's death as they travel to Pellucidar. They are captured by the neanderthal-like Sagoths, and taken to the Mahar palace, a vast cave lined with caged human prisoners who are kept as food for the Mahars.  Tarzan frees the prisoners and confronts the hideous Mahar queen.  Tarzan, Themba, and Rockoff escape to the Iron Mole and begin to tunnel their journey homeward but the Queen recovers and races to meet them in the tunnels where she starts tearing the Iron Mole apart. Rockoff grabs the jewel of immortality and grapples with the Mahar in a fight to the death while Tarzan and Themba escape to the surface world. The Iron Mole explodes in a firey concussion as the cave housing collapses, sealing it forever.


18. Tarzan and the Amtorans ~ April 27, 1997
Writer: Dennis Kerner
Director: John Carl Buechler
Guest star: Stephen Macht (Nikolas Rokoff),
Nan Hamilton (Unknown),
Nomsa Nene (Unknown),
Sicelo Diamini (Unknown)

Searching for missing tribe women, Tarzan stumbles upon a portal to another universe, where he uncovers a plot to use the women to repopulate a civilization.


19. Tarzan and the Beast of Dunali ~ May 4, 1997
Writer: Tim Gould
Director: William Tannen
Guest star: Alex Ferns (Unknown),
Daphne Hlomuka (Unknown),
Patrick Lyster (Unknown),
Sechaba Morojele (Unknown),
Jennifer Woodburn (Unknown)

Tarzan travels to a mysterious border town, where he joins the manhunt for a giant ape-like creature responsible for the deaths of several women.


20. Tarzan and the Shadow of Anger ~ May 11, 1997
Writer: Joseph Kuhr
Director: Mark Roper
Guest star: Anthony Guidera (Unknown),
Michelle Botes (Unknown),
Robert Whitehead (Unknown),
James Whyle (Unknown)

Tarzan fights to break free from a mind-controlling spell in time to save villagers from a creature that is mysteriously connected to the ape man.


21. Tarzan and the Mystery of  the Lake ~ May 18, 1997
Writer: Dennis Richards
Director: Mark Roper
Guest star: Don McLeod (Grok),
Melanie Tooker (Bolgani),
Jill Sayre (Unknown),
Frank Opperman (Unknown),
Ernest Ndlovu (Unknown),
Simo Magwaza (Unknown)

A pair of scientists, searching for a legendary sea creature, change their agenda when Tarzan finds something else -- a man they presume to be "the missing link".


22. Tarzan and the Circus Hunter ~ May 25, 1997
Writer: J. Adam Michael & Rhonda Smiley
Director: William Tannen
Guest star: Don McLeod (Bolgani),
Alex Ferns (Unknown),
Daphne Hlomuka (Unknown),
Patrick Lyster (Unknown),
Sechaba Morojele (Unknown),
Jennifer Woodburn (Unknown)

Tarzan has the ride of his life when a simple trip turns into a murder mystery involving a devious magician and the ape man's missing cousin.


The first two episodes were released as a TV movie:
Tarzan: The Epic Adventures


Production Credits
Filmed in the Sun City resort in South Africa.
Produced by Max A. Keller and Micheline H. Keller
Cinematography by Nick Woolfolk
Production Design by Frederic C. Weiler
Set Decoration by Victor Botha & Eric Weiler
Costume Design by Jo Katsaras
Production Management: Robert M. Rolsky
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Tom Milo
Art Department:
Jerry Eller: assistant props
Richard E. Kruder: assistant greens
Andrew Orlando: assistant property master
Stunts
John Evanko ....  stunts
Jason Gray ....  stunt double
Michael Li ....  stunt double (as Mike Li)
Mike Massa ....  stunt double
Gar Stephen ....  stunts
Michele Waitman ....  stunt double
Amy Stephen Wilder ....  stunt double
Glenn R. Wilder ....  stunt coordinator
Other crew
Greig Buckle:  production coordinator
Kimberly Mullen: casting associate
Richard J. Nezvadovitz: camera operator
Heidi Sturdevant: script supervisor


Stills Gallery

Joe Lara


Director and SFX Designer John Buechler with Joe Lara

Sagoth


 


Tarzan: The Epic Adventures:

A TV Series tie-in novelization based on the script by Burt Armus. This book was originally published by Del Rey in 1996 in an oversized paperback edition. In 1997, Del Rey issued a regular sized trade edition.

Reference:
TV.com Episode Guide
Review by Patrick Adkins
ERBzine 1398: TARZAN: The Epic Adventures ~  Trendmaster Action Figures
An alternate episode guide by Elmo



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