Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie (1999)

Jane Seymour and Joe Lando in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie (1999)

Kidnapping Melodrama for Sully and Quinn

The world is changing and with electricity becoming more common some businessmen have shown up in Colorado Springs looking for permission to mine for copper something which Sully (Joe Lando) is opposed to due to the damage it will cause. It is because of his opposition that whilst the town have come together to throw a surprise birthday party for their beloved Dr. Quinn (Jane Seymour) that their daughter Katie (Kaile Zaretsky) is kidnapped. It leads to Sully, Michaela and the men of Colorado Springs heading in to Mexico and in to danger to find Katie and bring her home safely.

Considering I grew up watching the likes of "Little House on the Prairie", "The Waltons" and "Bonanza" I never bothered with "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman". In fact whilst it is hard not to be aware of Jane Seymour having played Dr. Quinn I have never watched a single episode of the TV series. As such I don't know how "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie", the first of the TV movies which followed the series, compared to the TV series or how well it continued the story of the characters. And to be honest I can't say this TV movie did a lot for me either thanks to some overly melodramatic acting and a storyline which seems to have been lifted from an hour episode and then dragged out.

As such we have this storyline which tries to evolve from Sully's opposition to the proposed copper mining to his daughter being kidnapped leading to disharmony in the relationship between Michaela and Sully leading to a twist and plenty more drama. But this all ends up contrived and when you have this level of contrivance with so much over acting with both Jane Seymour and Joe Lando delivering characters as if they were out of some sort of bodice ripper it borders on the cheesy and amusing rather than entertaining for being dramatic.

What this all boils down to is that "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie" really didn't do it for me and came across as being overly melodramatic to the point of becoming uncomfortably cheesy. Of course if you fell in love with the TV series which came before this it might be a lot more entertaining but for newcomers it may be too over the top.