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Blogovision 2019: A Sea of Stars

Video: Uplifting instrumental music plays over shots of Mêlée Island. Its inhabitants can be seen going about their usual business: the shopkeeper selling a pirate a sword, Captain Smirk training a wannabe to insult-sword-fight, the Voodoo Lady cooking up something in her cauldron. The scene changes to the Scumm Barr, where the members of the band are sitting around a table while telling jokes and laughing. The video ends on them raising their tankards in a toast as Graham finishes his introduction.
Commentator: Graham Norton
Graham Norton: Song number two now. Producers put together the running order and, given that no song in second place has ever won, I’m guessing they didn’t think much of this entry. The band is Marooned Five and their song is A Sea of Stars.

I’ve heard that there’s a problem with grog on Mêlée Island and judging by the look of this lot, that definitely seems to be the case. There’s always one novelty act in Blogovision each year and this is it. It’s a very sweet song but you’ll be distracted by the costumes – if you’re allergic to manmade fibres, then I’d walk away now.

This is song number two, A Sea of Stars.

Titles: A SEA OF STARS
Marooned Five
Music: The Cannibals
Lyrics: Kim from Later Levels
Staging: The Secret of Monkey Island, remastered, video game, Melee Island, harrbour, moon, sea, stars, Elaine, Guybrush, pirates
Titles: 2     Mêlée Island     #MEL
On stage: Guybrush Threepwood, man, pirate, face, smile
Action: A single spotlight illuminates Guybrush Threepwood’s smiling face so he appears as a bodyless head and shoulders floating in the darkness. The sound of an accordion starts and is slowly joined by a fiddle as the circle of light expands, revealing other shapes as the darkness disappears. It soon becomes clear that the lead singer is standing on a wooden walkway with an image projected onto the back of the stage so it resembles the harbour on Mêlée Island.
On stage: Guybrush Threepwood, man, pirate, face, smile     Elaine Marley, video game, face, woman, pirate, earrings, bandana     Murray, skull, The Curse of Monkey Island    Spiffy, dog, The Secret of Monkey Island, bone
Action: The fiddle player is none other than Elaine Marley, standing to the left of Guybrush while happily strumming away, although the owner of the accordion still can’t be seen. A drum beat fades in to join the instruments and is produced by Murray the skull jiggling about on some bongos to the right. Spiffy, the Scumm Bar dog, sits panting at the lead singer’s feat and he reaches down to scruff the animal behind its ears.

Guybrush surveys his crew with pride, tapping his foot and clicking his fingers to pick up the rhythm. He smiles the audience as the song’s introduction gradually comes to an end and he begins to sing.

Guybrush (singing): The pirates of old were vicious and cruel
But present days call for kindness and truth
It’s time to think big, be brave, dare to dream
For we can be part of the same motley team
Spiffy (singing): Ruff ruff ruff…
Graham Norton: A mention of this year’s ‘Dare to Dream’ theme? Well that’s a cheap shot.
Action: The band members join in with the chorus as a few twinkling stars appear in the night sky shown on the projected image behind them and Spiffy wags his tail enthusiastically in time with the music.

Groupie: Three-headed monkey, The Secret of Monkey Island
Action: The camera cuts to a shot of the green room where the hosts can be seen dancing with each other – the three-headed monkey making his first appearance by popping up in the background – before coming back to the stage.
Everyone (singing): No pirate’s an island, we work as a crew
The real treasure’s unity in all that we do
So let’s raise a tankard at the Scumm Bar
All joined together by a sea of stars
Spiffy (singing): Aruff woof!
Graham Norton: Anybody feeling seasick yet?
Action: Guybrush shows off some of his remarkable dance moves, including of plenty of suggestive hip-swinging, as his bandmates take over the singing for the second verse. The fiddle stops briefly to allow Elaine to perform a wide arm sweep during her section, instrument in one hand and bow in the other. The lead-singer tries to encourage the audience to join him by clapping his hands above his head as the next chorus begins.
Murray (singing): Ahoy me maties, X marks the spot
The best loot is knowing the friends that we’ve got
Elaine (singing): We’ll find Monkey Island, discover Big Whoop
Nothing can stop us when we work as a group
Spiffy (singing): Woof-woof arf woof…
Graham Norton: Someone chuck them a few pieces of eight – they look like street performers out there.
Action: The band members join in with the chorus once again as more shining stars appear in the night sky image behind them. Spiffy is getting excited now and stands up, Guybrush giving him a pat on the head and telling him that he’s a ‘good boy’. The camera cuts to another shot of the green room where the three-headed monkey can be seen cheekily downing a drink and burping, before coming back to the stage.
Everyone (singing): No pirate’s an island, we work as a crew
The real treasure’s unity in all that we do
So let’s raise a tankard at the Scumm Bar
All joined together by a sea of stars
Spiffy (singing): Ruff arf-arf!
Graham Norton: With voices like that, they must have killed their parrot.
On stage: Guybrush Threepwood, man, pirate, face, smile     Elaine Marley, video game, face, woman, pirate, earrings, bandana     Murray, skull, The Curse of Monkey Island    Spiffy, dog, The Secret of Monkey Island, bone    LeChuck, The Secret of Monkey Island, pirate, ghost
Action: With the help of some amazing special-effects, LeChuck suddenly appears on the right of the stage in a puff of smoke and is revealed to be the mysterious owner of the accordion. Elaine and Murray stop playing their instruments as they recoil in horror, and Spiffy’s growl accompanies the audience’s cries of shock. Guybrush throws out his arms in a welcoming gesture as he looks around at his bandmates and fans in the crowd.
Guybrush: Come on guys, give him a chance!
Action: Elaine and Murray pick up their instruments and restart their tune, throwing cautious side-looks towards their nemesis at first but then getting back into the groove as he accompanies them on the accordion. The audience cheer and Spiffy joins them in celebration by jumping up and down on his hind paws. Guybrush throws his arm around LeChuck as the crowd begins to clap their hands above their heads along to the beat.
LeChuck (singing): Wherever you sail, wherever you roam
May the skies keep you safe and guide you back home
Guybrush (singing): Pirate or zombie, monkey or not
The same stars are in our eyes, and in our hearts
Spiffy (singing): Bow roo wuf rowwf…
Graham Norton: Well that was unexpected.
Action: The projected image behind the band lights up with a whole sky of sparkling stars as the band join together for the chorus once more. Spiffy eagerly runs between the members on stage hoping for further scruffs behind the ears, wagging his tail. The camera cuts again to the green room where the three-headed monkey is now dancing with the hosts who are laughing, all heads and tail bopping in time to the rhythm.
Everyone (singing): No pirate’s an island, we work as a crew
The real treasure’s unity in all that we do
So let’s raise a tankard at the Scumm Bar
All joined together by a sea of stars
Spiffy (singing): Aroooof!
Graham Norton: I feel a key change coming…
Action: Someone in the crowd has found that handy little LED torches have been left under the seats in the auditorium and starts a trend of waving them in the air in time to the music. The audience is transformed into a real-life ‘sea of stars’ as the thousands of fans shine their lights from side to side. They know a key-change is about to arrive, and excited cheers and whistles start rising up in anticipation for the big finale.

The band is really getting down now, each member dancing along to the rhythm and showing a notable array of 80s-style fist-clenches when the breaks in their instrument-playing allow. Murray displays some impressive acrobatics, bouncing between bongos while somersaulting in the air. The camera cuts to the audience where the three-headed monkey can be seen running up and down the aisles while giving the nearest fans high-fives.

Guybrush (singing): We work as a crew, yeah!
Elaine (singing): Woah woah woah…
Murray (singing): X marks the spot, baby!
LeChuck (singing): Look at those stars…
Everyone (singing): No pirate’s alone, we work as a crew
We’ll find the treasure in kindness and truth
So let’s share a grog at the Scumm Bar
And come together under a sea of stars
Spiffy (singing): A-rooooooooo!
Staging: The Secret of Monkey Island, remastered, video game, moon, Elaine, Guybrush, pirates
Action: Fireworks explode in the night sky image behind the band and light up the stage. Guybrush and Elaine hug, before he performs several fist-pumps and she jumps and up down; LeChuck drops his accordion like a rock-star and waves his arms in the air; and Spiffy chases his tail in circles. Murray jiggles up and down excitedly on his bongos before unexpectedly losing his balance and accidentally rolling off of the stage.
Guybrush: We love you, Blogovision!
Action: After showing the band pulling together for a group-hug, a camera pans over the audience from high above to reveal a huge mass of fans applauding and cheering while the three-headed monkey continues his run around the auditorium. A close-up of one group shows several women who look as though they’re about to faint and, although the rest of the crowd drowns out their voices, they can be lip-read as shouting ‘We love you Guybrush!’
On stage: Guybrush Threepwood, man, pirate, face, smile     Elaine Marley, video game, face, woman, pirate, earrings, bandana     Murray, skull, The Curse of Monkey Island    Spiffy, dog, The Secret of Monkey Island, bone    LeChuck, The Secret of Monkey Island, pirate, ghost    Three-headed monkey, The Secret of Monkey Island
Graham Norton: Ok, that’s four minutes you’re never going to get back. But look at it this way: you’ll never have to hear that song again. That was song number two, A Sea of Stars from Mêlée Island.


Kim View All

Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

10 thoughts on “Blogovision 2019: A Sea of Stars Leave a comment

  1. This is so good! If, uh, if we were supposed to do original lyrics for this, I definitely missed a memo, haha. Oh well! You did a great job and I really enjoyed how you structured the post. It made it really clear what was going on throughout.

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  2. Wow!!! This is incredible! I’m pretty sure you’ve got a new Blogovision classic on your hands here! Thank you so much for taking part 😀

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