A Forgettable Dream
With Col. Nelson away on a top secret mission, Jeannie (Barbara Eden) finds herself unable to bring him back in time to see their son give an important presentation at school especially as Gen. Wescott (Al Waxman) stonewalls her every attempt to find out where her husband is. But things become even more complicated for Jeannie as her sister (Barbara Eden) is stirring things up back in the land of the genies, reminding the head of the genies that with Col. Nelson having been gone for more than 3 months Jeannie has been masterless. It means that Jeannie has just 14 days to find herself a new, temporary master or else.
How does a TV Movie spin-off play out if you have never watched the sitcom which inspired it? You might say it is rather a strange question but it feels like every week for the last year "I Still Dream of Jeannie" has appeared on a TV channel here in the UK and whilst I have never watched a single episode of the original sitcom curiosity has finally got the better of me. And I have to say I doubt I am alone as there must be many whose knowledge of the original sitcom may not extend past who the star was and its familiar theme tune but find themselves wondering what "I Still Dream of Jeannie" is like.
The answer to this question is whilst "I Still Dream of Jeannie" might entertain those who have warm memories of "I Dream of Jeannie" or who are huge fans of Barbara Eden it doesn't offer up much for anyone else. In truth I am not sure it offers up that much for those who are fans of the original sitcom as beyond Barbara Eden in her sexy genie costume and some puffs of pink smoke it all ends up a little too generic with humour surrounding Jeannie using some magic whilst we also have double Eden when she plays her minx of a sister, we know she is a minx as she wears seductive red and her top seems even lower cut.
I will be really frank I am actually struggling for anything really decent to say about "I Still Dream of Jeannie" despite it not actually being bad and I feel like I am clutching at straws when I say that its inoffensive nature combined with some familiar faces makes it mildly entertaining. I feel even more desperate when I say that the most memorable aspect of the movie is that Barbara Eden still looks fabulous in her skimpy outfits.
What this all boils down to is that "I Still Dream of Jeannie" did little for me as whilst inoffensive fun it was also extremely generic and in truth probably only really works for those who are big fans of Barbara Eden.