Adventure Inc - Episode 18 - The Man Who Wouldn't Be King


Overview: The Adventure Inc. team sets out in search of the Tamerlane's treasure but instead find an island village's fate dependent on Judson's marriage to their princess.


Synopsis by Tribune 2003

Judson, Mackenzie, and Gabriel are exiting a bar in the small port town of Pondicherry, India, when a man holding a package meant for Judson is slain right before their eyes. The team is bewildered as the dying man's last words are Judson's name, and the package turns out to be the 'lost Sword of Tamerlane', with a map leading to a legendary treasure.

In search of the island promising the Tamerlane's treasure, the team charts a course and then sets sail in the Zodiac, not knowing the surprise that awaits them. When the three arrive on the island they are shocked as a group of villagers run up and greet them as they excitedly call out Judson' name in celebration of his arrival. The confused team soon learns from Maung (Gary Pillai), the village leader, that Judson is believed to be the 'pirate killer', 'The Chosen One' that has been prophesized to marry their princess and lead the village to victory in battle against the Kwan, a band of local thieves. As Maung holds up a remnant of a newspaper that reads 'Judson Cross Wins Pirate Battle', Judson tries to tell Maung that he is no pirate killer and that the headline only relates to a legal battle that recently happened- but to no avail. Maung insists that Judson marry the slightly less-than-attractive princess Nanda (Pooja Shah) to uphold the prophecy to stop the Kwan from extorting the villagers' supply of rubies.

Though Judson originally decides that he cannot stay and fight, in an ill-fated turn of events, Maung is shot and killed by the Kwan, and the Adventure Inc. team decides to help the villagers defeat the villains once and for all.

The next morning Zeyar (Shivani Ghai), Nanda's servant, discovers that Nanda has been kidnapped by the Kwan and is being held for ransom. Refusing to let the villagers face defeat, Judson devises a plan to rescue the princess.

That evening, Judson, Mac, and Gabriel sneak into The Kwan camp disguised in Kwan regalia, and find the princess, though not without alerting the angry mob.

Before the team manages to escape with Nanda, they are intercepted by two Kwan. Suddenly, Zeyar, appears and takes out the Kwan, revealing herself to be a beautiful woman, in the process.

The team is further shocked to find that Zeyar is the real princess and that Nanda is her servant, their identities swapped to avoid Zeyar from having an arranged marriage against her will, due to the prophesy.

Back at the village, Zeyar realizes that unless her and Judson are married, the village people would have no will to fight against the Kwan. Reluctantly, Zeyar decides to marry Judson in order to keep the villagers alive. A second after Loesan (Tarek Ramini), the village shaman, has completed the marriage ceremony, the Kwan warriors appear and Loesan unexpectedly seizes Zeyar with a knife to her throat, as the others stare in disbelief. In anger, Zeyar manages to escape Loesan's grasp as the battle between the villagers and The Kwan begins.

Zeyar leads her villagers to victory as she sets flame to the village trench line, blasting back the Kwan soldiers, and forcing them to retreat. Later that day, Zeyar thanks the Adventure Inc. team by giving them a small ruby, though considerably less than the Tamerlane treasure the three had originally envisioned. Nevertheless, Judson, Mac, and Gabriel leave the liberated island happy heroes and head off on the Zodiac in search of their next adventure.


END OF EPISODE


CAST PRODUCTION
JUDSON CROSS MICHAEL BIEHN
MACKENZIE PREVIN KAREN CLICHE
GABRIEL PATTERSON JESSE NILSSON
MAUNG GARY PILLAI
LOESAN TAREK RAMINI
NANDA POOJA SHAH
ZEYAR SHIVANI GHAI
DITHAKAR AMERJIT DEU
NOKOL SARAJ CHAUDHRY
   
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS GALE ANNE HURD
  JAY FIRESTONE
  ADAM HAIGHT
PRODUCER WENDY GREAN
SUPERVISING PRODUCERS TONY THATCHER
  KAREN WOOKEY
HEAD WRITER ETHLIE ANN VARE
WRITTEN BY JAMES THORPE
DIRECTED BY LAURENT BREGEAT

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