Jan 1, 2013

Ocean Girl and her Beefcake Buddies

The Australian science fiction series Ocean Girl (1994-98) appeared on American tv in the late 1990s, along with such beefcake-heavy Australian sci-fi as Round the Twist, Ship to Shore, Skytrackers, and Spellbinder.  It featured Jason Bates (David Hoflin, right) and his brother Brett (Jeffrey Walker, left), who move to an underwater research facility  called ORCA, off the coast of Queensland,  with their mother, a whale specialist.

They befriend the mysterious Neri (Marzena Godecki), who has super powers, an affinity for the ocean, and a pet whale.

When they tired of plotlines about saving ocean critters from an evil corporation, Neri revealed that she was an alien who crashed on Earth when she was a child.  Eventually they found her sister Mera.

Then they found the crashed ship with some survivors in suspended animation, notably the pilot's son, Kal (Jeremy Angerson), who apparently zapped through space without wearing a shirt.

Before the series ended, Neri and her Scooby Team were  globetrotting, time traveling to ancient Egypt, and even exploring the home planet of Ocean World.

Shirtless and semi-nude shots were everywhere. Jason, Brett, and Kal spent almost as much time in swimsuits, towels, and underwear as Bud and Sandy of Flipper.  Not to mention the ever-changing adult and teenage crew members of the ORCA.

No gay characters, but minimal heterosexual entanglements.  Jason is sweet on Neri, eventually kissing her, but Kal  seems more interested in Jason, and Brett doesn't express much romantic interest at all.  

As the seasons passed, David Hoflin developed a stunning bodybuilder's physique, which he showed off frequently, even after the series ended.  He has been featured on the Flipper tv series, The Lost World, Head Start, Neighbours, Alcatraz, and NCIS.

Jeffrey Walker has starred in several Australian tv series, including Blue Heelers, Thunderstone, and Spy Shop.

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