Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Produced for Australian television, the live-action fantasy series Pirate Islands combined traditional swashbuckling with state-of-the-art computer graphics. While playing their favorite computer game, 15-year-old Kate Redding (Brooke Harmon) and her two younger siblings, Nicholas (Nicholas Donaldson) and Sarah (Eliza Taylor-Cotter), were sucked into the game itself, emerging on a remote archipelago in the 18th century. Here the three youthful protagonists constructed a Swiss Family Robinson-style tree house and frequently skirmished with the villainous Captain Blackheart (Colin Moody) and his buccaneers. Also making life difficult for Kate and Company were a group of ragtag youngsters, the Castaway Children. All three factions competed with one another to unearth a fabulous buried treasure. Filmed on location in Port Douglas and Melbourne, and debuting in Australia in 2002, Pirate Islands joined the Saturday-morning lineup of America's Fox Network on March 8, 2003.