Series Credits

CREW
Sea of Stars is written, produced and directed by Devin Cox, of Forward Momentum Productions.

MUSIC:
All music in the series is drawn from several commercially released CDs of music from the original animated series "Uchuu Senkan Yamato." Many of the CDS have long since gone out of print, though some may still be importable through Amazon.com.

SOUND EFFECTS:
All the sound effects for Sea of Stars come from one of three sources: The original series DVDs available through Voyager Entertainment at Starblazers.com, The "Sound Fantasia Yamato" CDs which are now out of print, and The Freesound Project, at freesound.org.

((DISCLAIMER: Sea of Stars is a non-profit fan production, produced for the enjoyment of the fans. All rights to "Star Blazers", "Uchuu Senkan Yamato" or any other copyrighted materials herein, including any unoriginal music and sound effects, are reserved to their ORIGINAL CREATORS. No infringing claims are intended))

Credits by Episode

These are the full credits and show notes for each episode of Sea of Stars. To save room and reduce reptition, many "double roles" are omitted from the actuall episode, but the are presented here in full.

Episode One: "The Legend"

The first episode of any show is always serving many masters. First, it has to establish the world, the characters, and the tone for the foreseeable future of the story. Second, it has to do all that without being a boring churn of new faces, facts and bewildering sounds. It has to be a thrill ride.
In Sea of Stars, I tried to introduce the new characters in bunches. I found myself more and more echoing the structure of the first episode of the original anime: battle in space that ends in sacrifice, catapulting that into the introduction of the main characters who are facing the end of humanity,and finally ending with the revelation of hope. This was why I re-used the ending narration from that original last episode. Beyond the idea of it sort of "closing the circle" as it were, it also sums up the idea of hope growing from despair.
Music was a huge part of the storytelling in the original anime, and it serves a similar task here. Musical themes are established in episode one that continue through the entirety of the series. The music that plays when the Argo is first revealed, for example, will always relate to hope emerging triumphant. Likewise, certain iconic sounds HAVE to be present. To life-long fans of the Yamato, they are touchstones that signify emotion and action far better than mere words. The odd echo of the ship's first appearance is as important an identifier as the snap-hiss of a lightsaber in Star Wars.
The characters of this story have grown and changed over the nearly three years it took to get this production to fruition. They are, to me at least, living breathing people in some other version of our world. They are on their own journey out of despair and into a future still unknown...literally, I'm still writing the concluding episodes of the final season. They are flawed, because humans in general are flawed. They are not the single-note cardboard cutout people that populate much of western AND eastern science fiction, but nor are they open books. They all have their secrets, and exploring them is where the fun really is.
Welcome to our world. We hope you'll enjoy the ride.
-Dev

CAST (in order of appearance)
Narrator: Mark "The ENCaffinated ONE" Kilfoil
Alpha One (Richard Vega): Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Alpha Three: Jim Perry
Alpha Six: Andre de Almeida
Transport: Devin Cox
Comet Empire Cargo Captain: Dave Frizzell
Comet Empire Sensor Tech One: Eric Olp
Comet Empire Sensor Tech Two: Devlin James
Alpha Four: Lisa Wong
Neville Drake: Scott Breakall
Michael Vega: Sean Hill
Sam Vandom: Philippa Ballantine
General Wendy Singleton: Melissa D. Johnson (aka Mippa)
Colonel Derek Wildstar: Joe Harrison
Joachin Reyes: Nathan Butler
EDF Tech 1: Devin Cox

Episode Two: "Argo Lifts Off Into A New Dawn"

Episode two sees the rest of the new "Star Force" characters arriving. We get to meet Mac, Colin, Hans and... Jordy Venture, all grow'd up! We also get a hint, just a tease really, about what happened to the rest of the Argo's original crew. The whole story will be forthcoming, I hate loose plot ends, but for now... well, let's just say there's a reason Wildstar looks like he's twenty years older than he is.
We also get to begin a major plot arc for this season of the show, the distrust of the Black Tigers. The idea of the crew being unsure of their shipmates is a major theme in this first arc, and one that provides some interesting insights into the crew's personalities before it's finally resolved.
This episode is dedicated to J. Michael Straczynski because much of his writing (especially his television work, such as Babylon 5) has influenced the nuts and bolts of how I write. Writing a novel is one thing, writing a script for audio or visual media is quite another. The entire "Mac and Colin first meet" scene is, I admit it, an ode to B5.
-Dev

CAST (in order of appearance)
Narrator: Mark "The ENCaffinated ONE" Kilfoil
General Wendy Singleton: Melissa D. Johnson (aka Mippa)
Captain Derek Wildstar: Joe Harrison
Jordan "Jordy" Venture: Dave Frizzell
Hans Schneider: Zach McCue
Colin O'Donnell: Jim Perry
Mac Stevens: Emry Kinney
Major Berit's Aide: Eric Olp
Major Berit: Ducky Patterson
Colonel Nasca: Andre de Almeida
Michael Vega: Sean Hill
Neville Drake: Scott Breakall
Sam Vandom: Philippa Ballantine
Joachin Reyes: Nathan Butler
IQ-9: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Pops McClendon: Devlin James
Little Girl: Raye Perry
Girl's Father: Jason Ramboz
Mei Gideon: Silas Carder

Episode Three: "Prisms of View"

The Homeguard is a security force drawn from native Earth men and women. Tasked by the Comet Empire with maintaining peace on Earth and overseen by Imperial troops, they are despised by both sides of the conflict.
When the Argo left Earth on it's mission to save humanity, nearly the entire Homeguard contingent left the moon base in thirty-four Tiger class Astrofighters and joined the Star Force. How these new "Black Tigers" will be seen by the rest of the crew is unknown, but tensions will run very high, and it will turn very, very ugly before it clears... if it ever does.
Episode Three is dedicated to Jim Butcher, author of the urban-fantasy series "The Dresden Files" and the fantasy "Codex Alera" series. Jim earned my dedication and respect not just for his awesome characterization, but because anybody who can take the ideas of a "lost Roman legion" and "Pokemon" and combine them into a multi-novel series is truly a force to be reckoned with.
-Dev

CAST (in order of appearance)
Narrator: Mark "The ENCaffinated ONE" Kilfoil
Mei Gideon: Silas Carder
Philippe de LaRoche: Devin Cox
Crewman A: Devin Cox, who forgot to cast this one...
Captain Derek Wildstar: Joe Harrison
Michael Vega: Sean Hill
Neville Drake: Scott Breakall
Colin O'Donnell: Jim Perry
Hans Schneider: Zach McCue
Joachin Reyes: Nathan P. Butler
Jordan "Jordy" Venture: Dave Frizzell
Sam Vandom: Philippa Ballantine
Mac Stevens: Emry Kinney
Major Berit's Aide: Eric Olp
Major Berit: Ducky Patterson
Colonel Nasca: Andre de Almeida
Most Holy Xavier: Nathan P. Butler
IQ-9: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Pops McClendon: Devlin James

Episode Four: "Ambush At Jupiter!"

Episode Four is probably my favorite in the first season. It's got it all, introspection, human drama, a flashback and of course, the WAVE MOTION GUN!
We had a small fighter battle in Episode One, a minor space battle in Episode Two, but this is the first beat-down drag-out fight of the series. Battles are fun to write, to mix and (let's face it) this is a WAR story so they're kind of inevitable. If this story had no battles, it'd be Star Trek. (rimshot)
One of the hardest things about producing this series, has been finding clean, iconic sound effects. You can't just simply record the build up to firing the WMG at the floating continent in the anime and use it here, you have to clean off the dialog. That's a long and laborious process let me tell you. The Wave Gun sequence took me the better part of a week to clean up... and then after I was done, I found a collection of Yamato sound effects on Youtube that was clean as a whistle. Head, meet desk.
This Episode is dedicated to Mr. Tim Eldred. Tim is the creator of the "Star Blazers Rebirth" and "Bolar Wars: Extended" webcomics as well as the artist on the short-lived Star Blazers comic/magazine from the 90's. His work has served as inspiration for this series, and rekindled my love of Leiji Matsumoto's work in manga and anime.
-Dev

CAST (in order of appearance)
Narrator: Mark "The ENCaffinated ONE" Kilfoil
Jordan "Jordy" Venture: Dave Frizzell
Pops McClendon: Devlin James
Captain Derek Wildstar: Joe Harrison
Mei Gideon: Silas Carder
Joachin Reyes: Nathan Butler
Sam Vandom: Philippa Ballantine
Hans Schneider: Zach McCue
Mac Stevens: Emry Kinney
Michael Vega: Sean Hill
Neville Drake: Scott Breakall
Colonel Nasca: Andre de Almeida
Most Holy Xavier: Nathan Butler
Colin O'Donnell: Jim Perry
Philippe de LaRoche: Devin Cox

Episode Five: "The Calm Before The Storm"

Episode five is messy. It's supposed to be. You can't go through a major battle and not have aftermath to deal with. Not just patching the holes in the ship, but in her crew as well. I find it so odd that in most American cartoons, the use of violence is heavily curtailed because 'it'll scar the children.' Yet, when there IS violence, it NEVER has consequences. What sort of message is that?
Speaking of messages, it is here that we introduce the spiritual side of the Comet Empire. It wasn't done to humanize the enemy quite so much as it was to give them some motivation. I HATE antagonists who are evil for evil's sake. Give me a good, noble baddie any day.
-Dev

CAST (in order of appearance)
Narrator: Mark "The ENCaffinated ONE" Kilfoil
Mac Stevens: Emry Kinney
Michael Vega: Sean Hill
Pops McClendon: Devlin James
Jordan "Jordy" Venture: Dave Frizzell
Captain Derek Wildstar: Joe Harrison
Joachin Reyes: Nathan Butler
Sam Vandom: Philippa Ballantine
Hans Schneider: Zach McCue
Most Holy Xavier: Nathan Butler
General Geran: Andre de Almeida
Admiral Kahn: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Emperor Jahmorta: Jim Perry
Mei Gideon: Silas Carder
Philippe de LaRoche: Devin Cox
Colin O'Donnell: Jim Perry

Episode Six: "Firestorm"

This is it. Everything rides on this fight. Either the Argo defeats the Scourge Fleet, or it doesn't and humanity dies.
I really don't have anything to add to that. Let's just say it's not a forgone conclusion that the good guys win...
-Dev

CAST (in order of appearance)
Narrator: Mark "The ENCaffinated ONE" Kilfoil
Captain Derek Wildstar: Joe Harrison
IQ-9: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Hans Schneider: Zach McCue
Mac Stevens: Emry Kinney
Mei Gideon: Silas Carder
Jordan "Jordy" Venture: Dave Frizzell
Michael Vega: Sean Hill
Colin O'Donnell: Jim Perry
Neville Drake: Scott Breakall
Sam Vandom: Philippa Ballantine
Joachin Reyes: Nathan Butler
Emperor Jahmorta: Devlin James
Princess Izri: Natalie Van Sistine
Admiral Kahn: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
General Wendy Singleton: Melissa D. Johnson (aka Mippa)
General Singleton's Aide: Jim Perry
Comet Empire Tech #2: Eric Olp
High Priest Anshon: Devlin James
Black Tiger Six: Lisa Wong
Black Tiger Four: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Philippe de LaRoche: Allan Smithee
Comet Empire Tech #3: Ducky Patterson
General Geran: Andre de Almeida
Harlock: Ducky Patterson
Arcadia Crewman: Jason Ramboz
Desslok: Devin Cox

Prequel Episode: "Invasion!"

As I neared the end of writing season two, it became more and more obvious that we were going to need something... special. The first season focused primarily on events from the point of view of the Argo's crew, but we never really explained where the original Star Force got off too. Furthermore, we hadn't really had much time to flesh out the Comet Empire as a people. Sure, we could have explained such things through season two (no spoilers here, don't worry), but it felt like a missed opportunity.
And then I re-watched “My Youth In Arcadia” for about the thousandth time.
In an off-handed way, we sort of roped that film into the SoS continuity once before. When Hans mentions Harlock back in episode four, he vaguely describes events from that film. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to do a special episode focusing on actual invasion of Earth.
This had to be different though. It couldn't be the sort of “narrow-setting” we have in the series... the Argo was still scrap at this point. The answer was a rambling viewpoint, telling the story of two men, both looking for the way forward after painful loss. Jahmorta after the death of his beloved son, and Derek after the loss of the man who he'd come to view as his father in all but blood. Add a dash of politics, a liberal dose of intrigue, and simmer.
The results are truly delicious. We hope you'll enjoy listening to this feast for the ears.
-Dev

CREW
Sea of Stars: Invasion! was written, produced and directed by Devin Cox, of Forward Momentum Productions.

CAST (in order of appearance)
Derek Wildstar: Joe Harrison
Pastor: Devlin James
Narrator: Mark “The ENCaffinated ONE” Kilfoil
Crowd: Devin Cox and Sean Hill
Homer Glitchman: Jeffery Lincoln
Sandor: Jason Ramboz
Anshon: Devlin James
Imperial Priests: R. Douglass Barbieri, Josh Lambright & Jeffery Lincoln
Nova Forester Wildstar: Amy Howard Wilson
Mei Gideon: Silas Carder
Archprelate: Chris Walker
Emperor Jahmorta: Jim Perry
GNN Newscaster: Matthew R. Smathers
General Thaddeus Singleton: Andrew Seally
Wendy Singleton: Sarah Moore
Prince Zordar: Frederick Kopetz
James Conolly: Chris Walker
EDF Tech: Devin Cox
“The Rose”: Xiang Xiang Liu

MUSIC:
Music for the episode is drawn from soundtrack of the film “My Youth in Arcadia”, composed by Toshiyuki Kimori and Hiroshi Kumagai . As well as the anime “Uchuu Sen-kahn Yamato” by Hiroshi Miyagawa and Kentaro Haneda.

Episode Seven:"The New Menace"

Way back when I first sat down to write Sea of Stars about five years ago, it was supposed to run an even ten episodes.
As I got into it, however, I realized that there was almost no focus on the Comet Empire, aside from a few commander characters we see here and there. Also, it would probably damage the pacing too severely if I went back and added in scenes about the actual Imperial family, aside form their brief introduction in episodes five and six. Further, I didn't think I could keep the immediacy of the threat to earth going for that long. The Scourge fleet had to show up about when it did.
The result, was that ten episodes became two six-episode seasons.
I think it worked rather well. The story flows, the characters get more time to reveal complexity... and I can change the tone a bit between the two seasons without sacrificing the immediacy I fought so hard for.
For fans of Star Blazers/Yamato, we get to meet an old friend in Emperor Desslok, and Harlock FINALLY strolls aboard the Argo. We also get to meet the final member of the Imperial family, Prince Darcal (aside form his brief appearance back in the Invasion! special).
A new season, a new alliance... and a new menace.
The road gets bumpier.
-Dev

CAST (in order of appearance)
Narrator: Mark “The ENCaffinated ONE” Kilfoil
Desslok: R. Douglas Barbieri
Captain Derek Wildstar: Joe Harrison
Captain Harlock: Dylan Spencer
Michael Vega: Sean Hill
Arcadia Controler: Josh Lambright
Pirate 1: Andrew Seally
Pirate 2: Matthew R. Smathers
Thomas Vega: Jason Ramboz
Most Holy Xavier: Nathan Butler
Pops McClendon: Devlin James
Mei Gideon: Silas Carder
Philippe de LaRoche: Allan Smithee
Emperor Jahmorta: Jim Perry
Crown Prince Darcal: Eric Olp
Imperial Princess Izri: Natalie Van Sistine
Admiral Kahn: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
General Singleton: Sarah Moore
Trelena: Peg DiGrazia

Episode Eight:"In Pursuit of Hope "

The Planet Telezart, a dead world. A society that grew at the center of a hollow planet, and destroyed itself in war. And yet...
This dead, lifeless wasteland was the home of Trelena, who saved the Earth and all of humanity from the power-mad Prince Zordar. The planet itself was consumed in an act of sacrifice, trying to stop Zordar's white comet. It's remains becoming a brilliant white star.
This dead world, this sacrificed corpse of a planet, this brilliant gem in the dark void... What mysteries does it still hold?
Finding out is going to be fascinating.
-Dev

CAST (in order of appearance)
Narrator: Mark “The ENCaffinated ONE” Kilfoil
Captain Derek Wildstar: Joe Harrison
Sam Vandom: Philippa Ballantine
Colin O'Donnell: Jim Perry
Jordy Venture: Dave Frizzell
Neville Drake: Scott Breakall
Captain Harlock: Dylan Spencer
Thomas Vega: Jason Ramboz
General Singleton: Sarah Moore
Crown Prince Darcal: Eric Olp
Imperial Princess Izri: Natalie Van Sistine
Hans Schneider: Zack McCue
Michael Vega: Sean Hill
Joachin Reyes: Nathan Butler
IQ-9: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Mei Gideon: Silas Carder
Philippe de LaRoche: Allan Smithee
Comet Empire Tech #4: Jeffrey Lincoln
Major Terril: Matthew R. Smathers
Mac Stevens: Emry Kinney
Woman: Peg DiGrazia
Child: XiangXiang Liu

Episode Nine:"Threads of the Past"

We all have them. Those frozen moments, those crystalline seconds of dread that shape who we are going forward. For Derek Wildstar, that moment is the death of his wife, Nova. He'd give anything to see her once again, to hold her, to hear her voice...
Sometimes, there are... events. Things no once can explain. Events that run off track. One of them is about to happen, and Derek, and the rest of humanity, will never be the same again.

Forward Momentum is deeply grateful to Amy Howard Wilson, the original voice actress of Nova from Star Blazers, for volunteering to reprise the role for this special episode.

-Dev

CAST (in order of appearance)
Narrator: Mark “The ENCaffinated ONE” Kilfoil
Michael Vega: Sean Hill
Neville Drake: Scott Breakall
Mei Gideon: Silas Carder
Trelena: Peg DiGrazia
Captain Derek Wildstar: Joe Harrison
IQ-9: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Joachin Reyes: Nathan Butler
Pops McClendon: Devlin James
Nova: Amy Howard Wilson
Most Holy Xavier: Nathan Butler
Prince Zordar: Frederick Kopetz
Mark Venture: Jefferey Lincoln
Comet Empire Tech #4: Jeffrey Lincoln
Major Terril: Matthew R. Smathers

Episode Ten:"Betrayal at New Telezart"

There are things we would never do, or so we tell ourselves. Lines we'd never even approach, much less cross.
But life isn't fair, and people aren't made of granite. We all have our faults we all have our breaking points, and we all have our price.
It's easy to think that those around us are, as they seem. It's comfortable to assume they'll never change.
The wolf doesn't need sheep's clothing, if you think it's a loyal dog.
-Dev

CAST (in order of appearance)
Narrator: Mark “The ENCaffinated ONE” Kilfoil
Hans Schneider: Zack McCue
Philippe de LaRoche: Allan Smithee
Mei Gideon: Silas Carder
Michael Vega: Sean Hill
Neville Drake: Scott Breakall
Major Terril: Matthew R. Smathers
Comet Empire Tech #4: Jeffrey Lincoln
Joachin Reyes: Nathan Butler
Captain Derek Wildstar: Joe Harrison
IQ-9: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Sam Vandom: Philippa Ballantine
Colin O'Donnell: Jim Perry
Jordy Venture: Dave Frizzell
Mac Stevens: Emery Kinney
Trelena: Peg DiGrazia
Pops McClendon: Devlin James
Most Holy Xavier: Nathan Butler
Emperor Jahmorta: Jim Perry
Admiral Kahn: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Crown Prince Darcal: Eric Olp

Episode Eleven:"Always Darkest..."

This is it, night has fallen.
The Comet Emperor begins his final assault on Earth, his goal not to re-conquer it, or to enslave her people... but to obliterate humanity from the cosmos. Driven mad by grief, Jahmorta cannot rest until those who took his son, his beloved Zordar, are expunged from the universe.
Earth's allies stand united, but they look upon Jahmorta's armada and see their doom upon them. Despite it all they cling to one, slim hope. After all, it's always darkest before...
-Dev

CAST (in order of appearance)
Narrator: Mark “The ENCaffinated ONE” Kilfoil
Mei Gideon: Silas Carder
Jordy Venture: Dave Frizzell
Mac Stevens: Emery Kinney
Michael Vega: Sean Hill
Neville Drake: Scott Breakall
Captain Derek Wildstar: Joe Harrison
Sam Vandom: Philippa Ballantine
Joachin Reyes: Nathan Butler
IQ-9: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Singleton's Aide: Devin Cox
General Singleton: Sarah Moore
Captain Harlock: Dylan Spencer
Black Tiger 6: Devin Cox
Black Tiger 4: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Thomas Vega: Jason Ramboz
Pirate 2: Matthew R. Smathers
Pirate 1: Andrew Seally
Emperor Jahmorta: Jim Perry
Admiral Kahn: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Crown Prince Darcal: Eric Olp
Imperial Princess Izri: Natalie Van Sistine
Desslok: R. Douglas Barbieri
Galman Tech: Jefferey Lincoln

Episode Twelve:"...Before The Dawn"

This is it. There's nothing more to be said, there's nothing more to be done. It all comes down to the next few minutes, and a small gathering of allies. Fate will be tested, and legends will be born, or die in the cold ether of the universe.
This, is the final episode of Sea of Stars.

CAST (in order of appearance)
Captain Derek Wildstar: Joe Harrison
Jordy Venture: Dave Frizzell
Sam Vandom: Philippa Ballantine
Joachin Reyes: Nathan Butler
Desslok: R. Douglas Barbieri
Captain Harlock: Dylan Spencer
Colin O'Donnell: Jim Perry
Mac Stevens: Emery Kinney
Narrator: Mark “The ENCaffinated ONE” Kilfoil
Emperor Jahmorta: Jim Perry
Imperial Princess Izri: Natalie Van Sistine
Admiral Kahn: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Galman Tech: Jefferey Lincoln
Michael Vega: Sean Hill
Neville Drake: Scott Breakall
Mei Gideon: Silas Carder
Thomas Vega: Jason Ramboz
Black Tiger 6: Devin Cox
Black Tiger 4: Jonathan Edward Dolnier (aka Pokejedservo)
Crown Prince Darcal: Eric Olp
Comet Empire Tech #5: Andrew Sealy
Comet Empire Tech #6: Eric Olp
Pops McClendon: Devlin James
Most Holy Xavier: Nathan Butler

While our story is at an end, don't think this is the final voyage of the Argo. New stories begin, old tales finish. It is the way of things. Heroes found, are rarely allowed a quiet life.
As I write the final line, I am sad to see it end, but proud. So proud of the cast, of the work we've all done, and proud to have been a part of it. Thank you, one and all.
-Dev

 

 

 

 

 


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