Episode 1.5
Killgar Trinosaur bounty Episode 1.5
The Starbarians confront Trinosaur, a three-headed criminal wanted in twelve systems for murder, slavery, stealing, and raping.
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Release date 4 March 2013
Length 1 minute 30 seconds
Note(s) • Made in two weeks[1]
• First appearances of Trinosaur and the newsreader
Credits Harry Partridge (writer, director, voice actor, lead animator)
Brian Sadler (musician)
Joyce Oder (background painting, additional concept design)
Marianne Miller (voice actress for the newsreader)
Emma-Louise Wakley (animation assistance)
Cal Moray, Jake Ganz, Joel Cheetham, Audrey Kare, Chris Ko (YOTTA animation assistance)
Episode guide
The Starbarians' Die
The Incredibly Strange Creatures That Stopped Living and Became Mixed up with the Starbarians (Part 1)

"Episode 1.5" is a short episode meant to bridge the gap between "The Starbarians' Die" and "The Incredibly Strange Creatures That Stopped Living and Became Mixed up with the Starbarians (Part 1)", which, due to its length and ambitious scope, had been in development for longer than expected.

The episode was unannounced, with Harry Partridge explaining, "I didn't want a whole year to pass without new Starbarians stuff and hope it won't be anywhere near as long in the future", referring to the previous episode's release – almost a year prior – on 15 April 2012. "Episode 1.5" was uploaded to YouTube on 4 March 2013[2] and to Newgrounds on 6 March 2013.[3]

Development Edit

The entire episode was completed in just two weeks. Harry Partridge stated it "[could] have been way better" but was "proud [they] did it so fast".[1] Partridge later stated that the episode was completed so fast because the episode ran at 12 frames per second.[4]

Partridge planned to release at least one video (not all Starbarians-related) per month during 2013, and released a video entitled "2013 Teaser" to divulge this.[5] "Episode 1.5" was initially going to be February's video, but Partridge "[missed] uploading in Feb by 3 days",[6] with it being uploaded to YouTube on 4 March instead.[2] Harry left a comment on "2013 Teaser" at the beginning of March stating that the video was completed, but the sound still needed editing and thus would be a little late.[7] During the development, Partridge would sometimes "work for 24 hours, sleep for 3 then repeat".[6]

The episode marks the first time Emma-Louise Wakley and YOTTA provided animation assistance for Starbarians; Wakley had collaborated with Partridge frequently on other cartoons before, and YOTTA announced that they were working with Partridge on future Starbarians episodes back in November 2012.[8][9]

Plot Edit

On a three-ringed planet, the two Starbarians, Killgar and Hogstrong, confront Trinosaur, who is wanted in twelve systems for murder, slavery, thievery, and rape. The two intend to kill him and claim his 50,000 bounty. A misunderstanding quickly arises due to Trinosaur believing the Starbarians are here so that he can claim their bounty. The Starbarians are shocked to find they have a much higher bounty than Trinosaur has (worth 500,000) and are wanted in over 120 systems for a multitude of crimes, from coercion and extortion to commotions and loitering. Hogstrong pulls Killgar aside and informs him that, by having such a large bounty themselves, they can't claim Trinosaur's. However, Hogstrong quickly thinks of a plan.

In a news report, a newsreader informs viewers that Trinosaur, having devouring the Starbarians, was absolved of his crimes and awarded their "hefty bounty". A large crowd celebrates Trinosaur and the apparent death of the Starbarians. Footage shows Killgar and Hogstrong awkwardly standing inside Trinosaur's corpse, having killed and assumed his identity to claim their own bounty.

As the credits roll, the viewer is once again informed that the Starbarians will return.

Transcript Edit

Scene 1 Edit

Hogstrong: Trinosaur! AKA Three-Rex! Wanted on 12 systems for murder, slavery, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor... then raping the poor.

Trinosaur: [Laughs]

Killgar: Laugh it up, Trino, there's quite the bounty on your head... s...

Trinosaur: Huh? What, you guys are claiming my bounty?

Killgar: Yeah...

Trinosaur: But I'm claiming yours!

Hogstrong: What!? Gimme that! "Starbarians... wanted on 120 systems for coercion, extortion, extinctions, distortions, desertions, perversions, illegal insertions, invasions of nations, space tax evasion, commotions, explosions, and... loitering"!? [Hogstrong turns to speak quietly with Killgar] Killgar, we can't bring this guy in, we're way more wanted than he is! Unless...

Scene 2 Edit

Newsreader: Wanted space criminal Trinosaur was absolved of his past crimes today for slaying and devouring the infamous Starbarians. The reformed Trinosaur has been awarded a hefty bounty for swallowing the nefarious duo whole, as can clearly be seen in these images. Truly proof that anyone can change.

Video descriptions Edit

SO not a real episode but a sort of "minisode" to bridge the gap between episode 1 and 2. I started episode 2 in August last year and it's already two thirds made (it's much longer than Episode 1) but it will be a while yet until I git 'er dun![3]
NOT a real episode, but a little something to bridge the gap until I can finish the huge episode 2 (which is coming out at over twice as long as the first). I didn't want a whole year to pass without new Starbarians stuff and hope it won't be anywhere near as long in the future.
To the observant few who have noticed this didn't come out in Feb (as it should have) I apologise. Still getting used to this monthly thing and it's kicking my arse.[2]

Reception Edit

As of 12 August 2013, "Episode 1.5" has over 440,000 views and 18,399 "likes" to 107 "dislikes" on YouTube[2] and over 156,000 views and an average rating of 4.49/5 stars on Newgrounds.[3]

Aaron of ColdHardFlash said that "Harry Partridge recently uploaded a 2013 teaser that hinted at big things in this new year", and that he "[delivered] on this tantalizing promise with a mini-episode of his TV-quality series Starbarians".[10]

Trivia Edit

  • This is the first episode in Starbarians to not feature any narration. The narrator (Harry Partridge) had opened the previous two episodes (the teaser and "The Starbarians' Die") with "During their ongoing mission...".
  • The three-ringed planet that this episode takes place on is unnamed.
  • The news ticker reads: "Our top story tonight: Three headed dinosaur monster Trinosaur has been forgiven for his prior offences due to finding and destroying notorious felons the Starbarians, A.K.A. The Astrogues, A.K.A. Galac-dicks, A.K.A. Killgar's Super Team Featuring Killgar (And Pig Friend). Trinosaur has collected a large bounty for his deed which he expects to spend quickly having been quoted saying "We're totally gonna go blow it all on beer and chicks, right Hogstrong??" In other news Siad has [returned]".
  • Partridge produced a short live-action video for the French dub of this episode (released on 7 September 2014) featuring action figures of Killgar and Hogstrong, stating that he was currently working on another episode of Starbarians.[11][12]

Gallery Edit

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Video Edit

Starbarians (Episode 1

Starbarians (Episode 1.5)

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References Edit

(view template) Episodes
Episodes The Starbarians' DieEpisode 1.5The Incredibly Strange Creatures That Stopped Living and Became Mixed up with the Starbarians (Part 1)Episode 3
Miscellaneous Space OperaAnimaticTeaserEpisode 3 (April Fools)