Zak is the third member of Captain Zero's Z-Stack fleet. He is used for a wide variety of tasks around Bigg City Port. Zak's main role was that of a flunky to devious Zorran: a confused thug. Despite working for the Z-stacks, there is no malice in him. He's usually seen working with his fellow Z-Stack Zebedee.
Like the rest of the Zero Marine, Zak is based off the Moran Fleet tugs from the Roaring 20s. He's quite a thuggish character, often aggressive and threatening. Publicity material for the series indicated that he saw himself as a potential leader of the Z-Stacks. Zak has been seen as a second-in-command to Zorran. He has played major roles in Sunshine, High Tide, and Munitions, although he has never been the focus character of an episode. He is usually seen either assisting the Z-Stacks in their devious schemes and insulting the Star Tugs. His whistle sounds like Warrior's, but only deeper with two tones. Zak's most prominent appearance is High Tide, when he and Zebedee competed with Big Mac and Warrior for a steel contract. Engine trouble that Zak had neglected to get treated however forced the two Z-Stacks to take a shortcut through Bigg City's canal network. What Zak saw as a very clever idea however resulted in disaster when Zebedee's tall load destroyed the railway bridge. He speaks with a gruff Cockney accent.
Behind the scenes
Zak is voiced by British actor, animator and modeller Shaun Prendergast, who also provided the distinctive voice of Sunshine. Prendergrast commented in an interview with The Star Tugs Trust that Zak was a difficult character to play due to his deep voice. In TLC's Salty's Lighthouse, he is voiced by Terry Klassen, giving him a gruff Brooklyn accent.
- High Winds (deleted scene)
- Warrior (does not speak)
- High Tide
- Regatta (does not speak)
- Bigg Freeze (cameo)
Books and Annual Stories
- His model was sold to The Star Tugs Company (formerly The Star Tugs Trust).
- It is currently unknown if Zak's other face masks still remain in existence.
|Captain Zero • Zorran • Zebedee • Zak • Zug • Zip|