The New Legends of Monkey: episode guide


Episode 1

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Sun, January 28, 2018 (6pm, ABC Me)
Written by Jacquelin Perske
Directed by Gerald Johnstone

A young girl uncovers a statue of the legendary Monkey King, but in order to release this ancient God from his stone prison she must first find his golden crown, a crown that has fallen into the hands of Demons.

Whilst waitressing in a tavern in Palawa, the girl sees in a man's cup the reflection of the very same Font Demon that stole the crown, killed her mentor and destroyed her home. Then she notices the stolen crown in his bag. It is the Font Demon in disguise. She waits until the man starts dozing, then she chooses her moment and swipes the crown. The man realizes the crown is missing and transforms into the Font Demon, pursuing the girl.

She heads into the forest towards the Monkey King's statue. Just as she reaches the statue, grappling to put the golden crown on its head, she is yanked back by the demonic power of the Font Demon. But she has succeeded. The Monkey King has been released. He appears, and parries with the Font Demon, eventually overpowering him.

Cast (in order of appearance): Chai Hansen as Monkey, Luciane Buchanan as Tripitaka, Aaron Jackson as Bron, Tian Tan as Patre, Jayden Daniels as Gaxin, Daniel Sing as Scholar, Jarred Blakiston as Font Demon, Stephen Ure as Mercenary, Rachel House as Monica, Min Kim as Young Monk, Phil Brown as Man Font Demon, Leand Macadaan as Musician, Josh Thomson as Pigsy, Cameron Rhodes as Head Monk, Matt Bowden as Innocent Civilian

Note: in Australia, episodes 1-3 debuted as a single 90 telemovie

Episode 2

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Sun, January 28, 2018
Written by Jacquelin Perske
Directed by Gerald Johnstone

Having released the Monkey King, Tripitaka is shocked to find him indifferent to the Scholar's mission. Struggling to keep him on side, and still being pursued by Demons, she finds help in the unlikeliest of places.

Cast: Josh Thomson as Pigsy, Bryony Skillington as Princess Locke, Emilie Cocquerel as Sandy, Chai Hansen as Monkey, Luciane Buchanan as Tripitaka, Rachel House as Monica, Cameron Rhodes as Head Monk, Sateki Finau Baas as Patron 1, Cameron Brown as Patron 2, Duane Evans Jr as Town Boy [Zeke], Jarred Blakiston as Font Demon, Jayden Daniels as Gaxin, Daniel Sing as Scholar

Episode 3

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Sun, January 28, 2018
Written by Jacquelin Perske
Directed by Gerald Johnstone

When Monkey and Sandy find themselves prisoners to Princess Locke, an escaped Tripitaka must convince Pigsy to abandon his mistress and help her rescue the two Gods.

Cast: Chai Hansen as Monkey, Luciane Buchanan as Tripitaka, Emilie Cocquerel as Sandy, Josh Thomson as Pigsy, Bryony Skillington as Princess Locke, Jarred Blakiston as Font Demon, Rachel House as Monica, Rique Higgins as Blind Man, Josh McKenzie as Davari

Episode 4

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Mon, January 29, 2018
Written by Craig Irvin
Directed by Gerald Johnstone

As the heroes set off to the Western Mountains they are intercepted by a gang of rebel bandits, who worship the legend of the Monkey King. When the leader discovers Tripitaka can control Monkey's magic crown he plans to capture Monkey.

Cast: Chai Hansen as Monkey, Ryan Cooper as Tribesman, Luciane Buchanan as Tripitaka, Josh Thomson as Pigsy, Emilie Cocquerel as Sandy, Jaya Beach-Robertson as Jiro, Daniel Cresswell as Bobbo, Milo Cawthorne as Affe, Jordan Mooney as Raxion, Josh McKenzie as Davari

Episode 5

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Tue, January 30, 2018
Written by Craig Irvin, Jacquelin Perske
Directed by Gerald Johnstone

Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy are glamoured by a mystical shamanic Demon and taken to a strange prison called the Breaking Ground. Tripitaka must use all her strength to break her friends out of this prison and find out what the Demons want with the captured Gods.

Cast: Jordan Mooney as Raxion, Daniel Watterson as Shaman, Chai Hansen as Monkey, Luciane Buchanan as Tripitaka, Emilie Cocquerel as Sandy, Rachel House as Monica, Samson Chan Boon as Lior

Episode 6

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Wed, January 31, 2018
Written by Craig Irvin
Directed by Gerald Johnstone

As Monkey travels further into his past Tripitaka must act quickly before he is lost forever. Using the sutra, she is able to find a way to go after Monkey, and in doing so unravels the mystery of his imprisonment 500 years before.

Cast: Chai Hansen as Monkey, Kirk Torrance as Master, Luciane Buchanan as Tripitaka, Daniel Watterson as Shaman, Jordan Mooney as Raxion, Samson Chan Boon as Lior, Josh McKenzie as Davari, Emilie Cocquerel as Sandy, Josh Thomson as Pigsy, Chelsie Preston Crayford as Gwen

Episode 7

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Thu, February 01, 2018
Written by Craig Irvin
Directed by Gerald Johnstone

As Tripitaka, Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy flee from the Shaman and his Demonic henchman, they seek shelter in a sprawling forest. When the Shaman and his men stop their pursuit, the group think they are safe, but an even deadlier foe lurks in the dark undergrowth, ready to pounce…

Cast: Chai Hansen as Monkey, Jordan Mooney as Raxion, Josh Thomson as Pigsy, Luciane Buchanan as Tripitaka, Emilie Cocquerel as Sandy, Kawhia Chamber as One Jobber, Stephen Grey as One Jobber, Doug Viney as One Jobber, Daniel Watterson as Shaman, Lachlan Parkinson as Spider Kin, Cameron Brown as Camo Kin, Shaughan Campbell as Earth Kin, Ashlee Fidow as Shuriken Kin, Chelsie Preston Crayford as Gwen

Episode 8

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Fri, February 02, 2018
Written by Samantha Strauss
Directed by Gerald Johnstone

Tripitaka leaves the quest to go in search of her mother, but Sandy won't let her travel alone, and the two journey to the North Water. Meanwhile, Monkey and Pigsy decide to go in search of the Demons, before they are hunted down themselves.

Cast: Luciane Buchanan as Tripitaka, Chai Hansen as Monkey, Emilie Cocquerel as Sandy, Jordan Mooney as Raxion, Josh McKenzie as Davari, Josh Thomson as Pigsy, Jack Barry as Nerdy One Jobber, Nicola Kawana as Meera, Bella Jarrett-Yeoman as Ilbryn, Olivia Hala as Brylana, Jarred Blakiston as Font Demon

Episode 9

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Sat, February 03, 2018
Written by Jacquelin Perske
Directed by Craig Irvin

As Monkey and Pigsy hide in plain sight within the walls of Davari's palace, Tripitaka realises why Davari is so determined to translate the Sacred Scrolls. Can she stop him completing the translation before it's too late?

Cast: Luciane Buchanan as Tripitaka, Josh McKenzie as Davari, Samson Chan Boon as Lior, Chai Hansen as Monkey, Josh Thomson as Pigsy, Jordan Mooney as Raxion, Cohen Holloway as Shamai, JJ Fong as Lusio, Kallan Aonan Berman as Silver, Jimmy Daqi Yu as Oak, Emilie Cocquerel as Sandy

Episode 10

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Sun, February 04, 2018
Written by Jacquelin Perske
Directed by Craig Irvin

While Monkey and Pigsy smuggle themselves into Davari's banquet, Tripitaka must work out the secret to controlling the army of Font Demons before Davari can use his new powers.

Cast: Josh McKenzie as Davari, Luciane Buchanan as Tripitaka, Kallan Aonan Berman as Silver, Jimmy Daqi Yu as Oak, JJ Fong as Lusio, Chai Hansen as Monkey, Cohen Holloway as Shamai, Emilie Cocquerel as Sandy, Te Kohe Tuhaka as Head Guard, Daniel Watterson as Shaman, Bryony Skillington as Princess Locke, Jarred Blakiston as Font Demon