Pirate Islands

Pirate Islands is an Australian children's television program screened on Network Ten in 2003. A sequel called The Lost Treasure of Fiji premiered on Network Ten in 2007.

Pirate Islands
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Pirate Islands Title Screen
GenreSci-Fi
Children's
Adventure
Created byJonathan M. Shiff
Greg Millin
Directed byRichard Jasek
StarringBrooke Harman
Eliza Taylor-Cotter
Nicholas Donaldson
Oliver Ackland
Collin Moody
Darcy Bonser
Lucia Smyrk
Madeleine Jay
ComposersDanny Beckerman
Ric Formosa
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersJonathan M. Shiff
Kay Ben M'Rad
ProducersDaniel Scharf
Jonathan M. Shiff
Running time24 minutes
Production companyJonathan M. Shiff Productions
Distributor
Release
Original networkNetwork Ten
Original release3 March (2003-03-03) –
30 June 2003 (2003-06-30)
Chronology
Followed byThe Lost Treasure of Fiji

In the United States, episodes 1-13 were re-broadcast on FoxBox, a programming block operated by 4Kids Entertainment. In the United Kingdom, the show aired on both the CITV channel and Nickelodeon UK in early 2008. In Vietnam, it is aired on VTC9 - Let's Viet (Aug, Sept-2009), and also screened in Spain and Portugal by Disney Channel.

Plot summariesEdit

Part 1Edit

Kate Redding, a sister of Nicholas and Sarah, is playing a new computer game called Pirate Islands, which has been created by her father. After Sarah tampers with the computer scanner, lightning strikes the house, and the scanner goes wild, zapping the three siblings inside the computer game. After teleporting inside the game, Kate meets Mars, the main character of the video game. Blackheart, the pirate captain, takes the siblings aboard the pirate ship and threatens to walk them off the plank, Mars climbs aboard and cuts the rope, causes the sails to fall against the pirates, the siblings escape and attempt to find their scanner, only to be cornered by the pirates and drop it into Blackheart's grasp, who uses it unknowingly to zap his crew-mate, causing him to pixelate and melt.

Kate discovers that users are transported between islands in the game through icons, after jumping inside, she ends up on castaway island only to find that Carmen, the second in command, has stolen all the items from Kate's bedroom. The pirates arrive and chase the gang off the island, causing Sarah to trip against a tree trunk which triggers a secret entrance inside the tree, which contains stairways up towards a hidden treehouse, the gang store their few belongings and decide to call this place their new home.

A hidden cabinet inside the tree house stores wet boots, which are found by Kate, who discovers they are power-ups in the game which allows the characters to walk on water, after raiding the pirate ship and discovering a treasure map, Blackheart reappears and threatens them with the scanner, but Mars knocks it out of his hand and they escape from the ship. Kate, furious, returns the next day with the power-up boots and takes control of the ship, stealing the scanner and escaping, she discovers back at the treehouse the batteries are dead as Blackheart has used it multiple times, saddened by this outcome, Kate announces they will have to stay here, 'A little bit longer.'

A new icon is found which transports Kate to haunted island, where the ghost of Captain Quade hides, a previous member of Blackheart's crew who he murdered when Quade abandoned ship to search for the treasure. After almost being killed, Kate luckily grabs Quade's logbook and escapes the ship. After searching the logbook for clues, Kate realises her music box has batteries identical to the one's needed for the computer scanner, however after multiple events, it has ended up in Blackheart's grasp. Back at the treehouse, Nicholas finds a second power up, a jetpack. Kate confronts Blackheart to meet her at the beach to swap the music box for Quade's logbook, but she is kidnapped in her attempt, only to be saved by Nicholas's jetpack joyride. Kate escapes leaving Blackheart with the music box, once more.

Mars raids the pirate ship with a keg and implants Kate's mobile phone, which she uses as a walkie-talkie between the Blackheart's ship and Captain Quade's ship. After scaring the pirate's away from the main cabin. Mars enters and steals the music box, placing it inside the keg and throwing it in the water. The next day the keg washes up and is found to be empty. Back at castaway island, Carmen promises she will give Kate the batteries if she gives her the jetpack, the power-up boots and the logbook. Blackheart suspiciously arrives at the island to destroy Kate once and for all just as Kate programs the scanner to leave the game. Dugal, Blackheart's second in command, races inside and unplugs the scanner from the console, and grabs it. Kate pushes him over and grabs back the scanner escaping, leaving Mars about to be killed and Sarah and Nicholas captured. Kate returns to the village with a newly programmed scanner, this time programmed for destruction. She switches it on and zaps the sky, which begins to be torn apart as the computer game slowly begins to break down. The village catches fire and is destroyed as Blackheart fights his way through the storm and rips the scanner out of Kate's grasp and collecting her bag containing the logbook. With the scanner now programmed for destruction, Kate begins to cry realising it's all her fault, and she doesn't know what Blackheart may do next.

Part 2Edit

Now in control of the scanner and the logbook. Blackheart finds a clue, holding it against a mirror he discovers a secret code which pin points to a location on the main island. Kate vows to please her siblings and boards the pirate ship, discovering the code. Kate and Blackheart race to the location and Kate discovers a treasure chest containing an iron key, Blackheart arrives and steals it from her as Kate cries announcing this time, they are truly beaten. The following day, Kate takes up judo in an attempt to begin sword-fighting. After using the jetpack to fool Blackheart, he catches her leg and destroy's the jetpack, but Kate uses judo and flips the pirate over her shoulder, Blackheart drops his sword and Kate grabs it, escaping.

Mars teaches Kate to sword-fight, and is banished as the village leader for not helping the castaways look for the treasure. Meanwhile, Blackheart finds a cascade in the cliffs with an iron door, however there is no lock for the key. Carmen orders an infiltration on the forest in an attempt to find Kate's treehouse, but Mars stops them and wins the castaways over, being renewed as the leader, Carmen is growing furious. Kate and Mars make an agreement to help each other search for the treasure, vowing to split it 50/50 for the castaways and Kate to swap for the scanner. Mars sets a trap. Blackheart falls for it and Kate steals the key, racing to the iron door, she knocks, a keyhole burns into the door and she enters shutting before Blackheart gets inside. Mars is upset as Kate has broken her promise. Inside, Kate finds a wooden floating wheel, but as she leaves, Mars grabs it from her, and tells her they are no longer friends.

Carmen and Mars take the wheel to Captain Quade to get some clues on what it does. But Quade steals it, Carmen has to return to Kate for help but she is not happy about it. After Kate saves Mars, he tells her he didn't need the help. And they sword-fight to prove who is a better fighter. Before a winner is announced, Blackheart arrives and Kate leads him inside the ship, she takes the wheel and exists a different way. Blackheart is slowly falling apart and takes the scanner to the forest, turning it on, Pirate Islands begins to rip apart for a second time. Minutes before the game is destroyed, Kate throws the wheel to Blackheart and races to the scanner, switching it off. Blackheart beats her to it once again and retrieves the scanner and the wheel. Blackheart solves the next clue in the logbook, taking the wheel to the waterfall, he finds a hidden panel and switches the waterfall off, opening a hidden door. Kate enters with Mars, both angry at each other. But are forced to work together as Blackheart races to beat them. They find a walkway and an icy block in the wall. Smashing it they retrieve the next clue, a golden egg.

The golden egg is taken to the cliffs on castaway island as instructed by the logbook. There, Kate throws it off the cliff as it begins to fly, it explodes leaving behind a diamond. Mars and Kate, now friends once more, take the diamond to Quade's ship as he tells them how his heart was broken, he evaporates, leaving behind a floating portal, the diamond is inserted and a beam of light explodes from within leaving behind a holographic map, showing a secret island has risen from the waves, that's where they'll find the golden idol.

The race is on to return home as Kate travels to the island as Blackheart arrives quickly behind. They find a golden door and use Sarah's talking plant to get inside. However, just as they are about to enter the final part of the treasure hunt, Blackheart arrives and throws them off the cliff to the rocky ledge below, with no chance of escape as the pirates head off towards the idol. Kate charges her energy and discovers inside this video game there are no rules. She flies without the jetpack gracefully and escapes towards the final room. There, Kate and Blackheart sword-fight to the death as Blackheart smacks Kate backwards into the path of the golden idol, which Kate ducks from leading Blackheart to get zapped and turned to gold. The battle is over. Carmen takes control of the pirate ship and discovers the scanner. Thanking Kate, she gives it to her and they leave the island. Back at the treehouse, Kate and Mars kiss. She promises she'll be back. Mars tells her he'll be waiting. She programs the scanner back to the original state, and they leave the island, finding her room is exactly how she left it. Only to discover they have taken home Sarah's talking plant. 'Pirate Islands is real,' whispers Kate, as they all smile at each other.

Cast listEdit

MerchandiseEdit

Two Telemovies (Each 96 mins) have been released. They are cut down versions of all 26 episodes, which leaves out a lot of footage. There have been no plans to release all 26 episodes in a DVD boxset.

The Lost Treasure of FijiEdit

The Lost Treasure of Fiji
GenreSci-Fi
Children's
Adventure
Created by
Directed byGrant Brown
Starring
ComposerArt Phillips
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producerJonathan M. Shiff
ProducerJudith John-Story
Production locationFiji
CinematographyDarrell Martin
EditorWayne Hyett
Production companyBanana J Media
Release
Original networkNetwork Ten
Original release12 February (2007-02-12) –
28 February 2007 (2007-02-28)
Chronology
Preceded byPirate Islands

Plot summaryEdit

Three Australian computer game champs, Tyler, Marty, and Alison and one Fijian computer champ, Kirra are forced to swap their game consoles for real swords when they are thrown into a virtual pirate island world in Fiji. They face the dreaded Captain Blackheart and his dangerous, seductive new First Mate, Lily and a band of fierce pirates for a hoard of treasure stolen from an Egyptian Pharaoh's tomb by the legendary pirate ship, Neptune's Revenge, and its captain, Salty Ben. Tyler, Kirra, and Alison befriend a local Fijian tribe and its leader, Sol, who takes a liking to Kirra, while Marty preferes the pirate lifestyle, becoming Captain Blackheart's cabin boy at one stage. Marty's allegiance is constantly questioned whether he's on Blackheart's side or his brother Tyler's side, after Lily, leads a revolt and takes over Blackheart's ship. This is a problem for Marty, as Lily is crueller, more suspicious and far cleverer than Blackheart, who is more there for comedy than fast-paced action scenes.

Will Tyler, Kirra, and Alison find the three torn pieces of the treasure map and find their way home, or will the dreaded Captain Blackheart, Marty, Lily and the pirate crew find the Eye of Osiris, treasure of treasures, and live forever?

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Game On"Grant BrownJoss King12 February 2007 (2007-02-12)
2"Sanctuary"Grant BrownDavid Hannam13 February 2007 (2007-02-13)
3"Nemesis"Grant BrownMax Dann14 February 2007 (2007-02-14)
4"Without Paddles"Grant BrownPhilip Dalkin15 February 2007 (2007-02-15)
5"Secrets and Lies"Grant BrownSam Carroll16 February 2007 (2007-02-16)
6"Poison"Grant BrownAnthony Morris19 February 2007 (2007-02-19)
7"Mutiny"Grant BrownSimon Butters20 February 2007 (2007-02-20)
8"Cross and Doublecross"Grant BrownChris Anastassiades21 February 2007 (2007-02-21)
9"Choices"Grant BrownDavid Hannam22 February 2007 (2007-02-22)
10"Broadside"Grant BrownMax Dann23 February 2007 (2007-02-23)
11"Drum Roll"Grant BrownAnthony Morris26 February 2007 (2007-02-26)
12"Unholy Alliance"Grant BrownKirsty Fisher27 February 2007 (2007-02-27)
13"Tabu"Grant BrownChris Roache28 February 2007 (2007-02-28)

MerchandiseEdit

All 13 episodes have been released on DVD in the Netherlands. The audio is English with hardcoded Dutch subtitles.

Television airingsEdit

Country Channel Title English Meaning
  Australia Network Ten Pirate Islands
Disney Channel (Australia)
  United States Fox Box
  United Kingdom Nickelodeon UK/Ireland
CITV
  Germany KiKa Die Pirateninsel The Pirate Island[2]
Der Schatz von Fidschi The Treasure of Fiji[3]
  France Fox Kids (France) Mission pirates Pirates Mission
Jetix (France)
  Spain Disney Channel Spain Pirate Island: Entra en el Juego Pirate Island: Enter the Game
  Portugal Disney Channel Portugal Pirate Island: Entra no Jogo Pirate Island: Enter the Game
  Israel IBA-Channel 33, Channel 22 איי הפיראטים Pirate Islands
  Italy RaiSat Smash
Italia 1 (the films)
Le isole dei pirati Pirate Islands
  Poland TVP1 Wyspy Piratów Pirate Islands
  Belgium Ketnet Pirateneiland Pirate Island
  Sweden Barnkanalen Piratöarna Pirate Islands
  Russia СТС, Бибигон, Детский Пиратские острова Pirate Islands
  Ukraine 1+1 Піратські острови Pirate Islands
  Saudi Arabia MBC3 جزر القراصنة Pirate Islands

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fox Box Adds Pirate Islands To Line-Up" (PDF). 4kidsentertainment.com. 23 February 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2006. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  2. ^ Pirate Islands at de.wp
  3. ^ Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji at de.wp

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