The Tempest

Hopefully, spending six minutes learning about Shakespeare's The Tempest isn't going to throw you into a fury. We'd hate to be responsible for you having a tempest tantrum.

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00:27

jerk, to steal my dukedom away from me.

00:31

So they kidnapped Miranda and myself, put us on a Tinker Toy boat and… bon voyage! [Prospero and Miranda tied up on a boat]

00:36

We were exiled.

00:37

Good thing my buddy Gonzalo packed a few goody boxes.

00:41

Most were full of things like Sudoku, or People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive issue, but one

00:46

of them contained something important…. [Box of toilet paper, magic tricks and Harry Potter]

00:48

….my magic books.

00:50

This is where we landed - not a resort or beach party in sight … [Prospero sat on a box on some rocks]

00:52

Not exactly the "warm welcome" you'd hope for.

00:55

Then I met the locals - a nasty witch, Sycorax and her caveman son, Caliban.

01:01

And let me tell you…Caliban? [Sign saying beware of Caliban]

01:04

This guy wasn't going to be named People's Sexiest Man Alive anytime soon.

01:08

He looked like the love child of the wicked witch of the west and Bigfoot. [Man missing a tooth in a cave]

01:12

My apologies to both the witch and Bigfoot for that terrible comparison…

01:16

I learned that Sycorax had trapped a spirit named Ariel in a tree. [Boy disappears into a tree trunk]

01:21

And worst of all – she was trying to turn her cheap magic tricks on Miranda and me.

01:25

But I'm the the premier party entertainer of Milan three year's straight for nothing.

01:29

I sent her back to Hogwarts, freed Ariel and enslaved Caliban. [Prospero sends the witch flying away]

01:34

He wasn't exactly a happy camper with me as his new master, but….he learned to deal.

01:38

Fast forward 12 years and here’s my Miranda - now a teenager.

01:41

She had to grow up with no malls, cell service, BFFs – and absolutely no boyfriends. [Girl looking upset]

01:46

…Not that I'm complaining about that one.

01:48

Like most dads I have rules.

01:50

Curfew is sundown, and no dating outside her species. [Miranda at a picnic with a gorilla]

01:53

Standard stuff.

01:55

One day, Miranda spotted a ship.

01:56

I thought it was a rescue operation, but alas…

01:59

It was a boatload of my enemies, bringing with them a boatload of trouble.

02:03

My brother Antonio, aka the cheat, Alonso, the King of Naples, aka the Jerk, Sebastian,

02:09

his slimy brother, my good friend, Gonzalo, and… some other guys.

02:13

It looked like they had recently attended a wedding, but…they were still quite a motley [All of the guys stood on a ship]

02:17

crew.

02:18

Just…with less makeup and more boring hairstyles…

02:20

I told Ariel to hurry and find a spell for a tempest – you know, like hurricanes? [Prospero with his hands in the air]

02:24

But hey, I'm not a bad guy!

02:26

Y'know what I always say…don’t drown ‘em – just shipwreck ‘em!

02:29

…Okay, maybe I've never said that before, but that was my goal.

02:32

Because it was finally payback time. [Ship at sea in the rain]

02:34

And this time, I had some magical aide on my side.

02:36

Ariel showed me where they all washed up. [Bodies on the beach]

02:39

So the bad boys - Antonio, Alonso, Sebastian, Alonso’s brother, and the good guy, Gonzalo,

02:43

all washed up here…

02:44

Prince Ferdinand, Alonso’s handsome son swam ashore here…and a couple of drunks,

02:49

Trinculo and Stephano are drying out here. [Guy with his arms crossed]

02:52

The bad boys searched for Ferdinand and Ferdinand searched for them – but then he met Miranda.

02:57

And whaddya know….it was love at first sight.

02:59

I think I handled it all very well. [Miranda walking off with Ferdinand]

03:02

Ariel had an update from the front: The bad guys thought Prince Ferdinand was dead.

03:06

So Antonio and Sebastian did what they do best; they started conniving: if they murdered [Antonio and Sebastian sneak away]

03:10

the King of Naples here, and with no Prince alive, Sebastian, the king’s sleazeball [The disappears and the crown moves to Sebastian]

03:15

brother, could grab the throne.

03:17

Sound like real winners, don't they?

03:19

But I know what you've all been wondering…

03:20

What's up with those drunks? …or was that just me?

03:23

News was always slow 'round these parts.

03:25

According to my tricksy spirit, Ariel, they encountered Caliban and freaked out. [Guys holding wine, see Caliban and run away]

03:31

That’s understandable.

03:32

Seriously, have you seen this guy's face?

03:33

He couldn't go to the zoo as a kid…. they kept trying to put him in a cage. [A cage falls on top of Caliban]

03:36

Anyway.

03:37

Caliban sees the two drunks and thinks they’re Gods.

03:40

…He was never the sharpest knife in the drawer. [Shining light coming from the drunks]

03:43

But dull knife though he was, he did want me dead, so he talked the drunks into murdering

03:47

me.

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After all, with me out of the picture, they could drink all day and rule the island.

03:51

Not a bad life….if you're Captain Jack Sparrow, that is. [The drunks sat drinking at Caliban's cave]

03:54

Sounds kinda monotonous, to me.

03:55

Oh, and if you were wondering about the bad boys…

03:58

It was time for them to meet their worst nightmare – Harpy.

04:01

Think Freddy Krueger but with wings.

04:03

And because I was always looking for ways to practice magic––seriously, the Milan [Harpy flies off]

04:07

magic scene is wicked tough.

04:08

Can't have The Spectacular Sal beating me, now can I? [Girls hands fall off]

04:12

…I decided to make my harpy friend a little more…intimidating.

04:15

Don't worry.

04:16

He'll be back.

04:17

But magic isn't the only thing I was a pro at, back in Milan. [Harpy changing behind a curtain]

04:20

I used to cater parties, too.

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And that's just what I decided to do for these stinkers… [Prospero holding a menu]

04:25

But this time, it was a trap - and the only thing on the menu was fresh misinformation:

04:29

“Ferdinand Drowns, with a side of Payback for Prospero in a beurre blanc [Picture of Ferdinand in the sea in the menu]

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sauce” Bon appetite.

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Oh…and it's not a meal without dessert…for my piece de resistance, I presented: the murder

04:40

plot against the King.

04:42

Looks like the rats got ratted out. [The king looks shocked]

04:44

And then Harpy did his Teddy Krueger act, because what's dinner without a show? [A flying teddy appears and they all run off]

04:47

And…

04:48

Well, let’s hope they all brought a change of underwear.

04:51

Ariel lead them all back to me for a face-to-face.

04:53

Oh.

04:54

What of the drunks, you ask?

04:56

Well…

04:57

I must admit, I pulled a dirty trick on the Caliban and our loveable drunkards. [The three walking together following a sign for free rum]

05:01

Ariel lured them into a cesspool for a little sobering up before my next surprise. [They all look scared]

05:05

While they were distracted by changing their clothes and not murdering me, I pulled a slightly [The three go into the changing booth]

05:10

dirtier trick.

05:11

Oh my.

05:12

Who let the demon dogs out…

05:13

So, the stage was set for the big showdown. [Dogs run towards the booth]

05:15

The bad boys were trapped and zapped frozen in my magic circle.

05:18

I confronted each one of them – up close and personal.

05:21

Alonso was really sorry and returned my dukedom…

05:24

…I told Antonio and Sebastian that I was wise to their murder plot… [Antonio and Sebastian looking shocked]

05:27

And Gonzalo?

05:28

Well, we’re best buds forever.

05:30

And as for Caliban and the drunkards?

05:31

They got some good exercise out of their folly, and I eventually forgave them for trying to [The three wearing torn up clothes]

05:36

kill me.

05:37

Even Caliban promised to be less of a monster and obey me more readily. [Prospero giving them a box of rum]

05:40

Good boy.

05:41

And for my last trick, I announced the tragic loss of my daughter in the tempest.

05:44

O woe is me!

05:45

….Did you buy it?

05:46

A great magician always commits to his act. [Gravestone for Miranda]

05:49

Miranda and Ferdinand were both alive and well, playing a game of chess. [Playing a game of chess in the woods]

05:52

Y'know….like all young lovers do when left completely unsupervised…

05:56

And with that, we all boarded the ship to return home.

05:59

But first, I freed Ariel from his spirit gig…

06:02

And burned the magic books.

06:03

Magic has no place in my life, anymore… [Magic books being burned on a fire]

06:06

Well…almost.

06:07

….What?

06:08

The birthday business is booming, this time of year. [Prospero makes himself disappear]