Has anyone else gotten around to watching the pilot for this? They have the entire pilot up on youtube, though its censored to shit so I recommend watching the original version through other means. If you want to watch the pilot now, I've got it linked below.
Anyway, the story seams to be about Captain Flint and his hunt for Spanish galleon loaded with treasure (5 mil Spanish dollars). Unfortunately, his crews past couple of hauls don't bring in much income, so they are on the verge of mutiny. The pilot is basically about Flint trying to sniff out the trail for the galleon while trying to keep relations in the crew solid to avoid the mutiny. It also has appearances from famous pirates such as Anne Bonny and Charles Vane. Blackbeard is also mentioned in a scene. Everyone's reaction to his name being dropped seemed to be pretty fearful, so they're building up towards his first appearance.
Overall. solid pilot. Nothing new here if you've already had a lot of familiarity with pirates. The dialogue also doesn't have any kind of poetic rhythm to it (like Game of Thrones). I liked it, but I'm not really invested in any character yet. This just sets up the story/goal for the season.
Second episode aired last night. This one was a bit less interesting than the first, but it had its moments. John Silver finding a way to make himself indispensable was a smart move.
Also, I've noticed that Anne Bonny, Calico Jack, and Charles Vane are all in the same crew whereas Captain Flint, John Silver, and Billy Bones are all on a crew. The former are all real pirates and the latter are all fictional pirates from Treasure Island. I'm not sure why its set up as real pirates vs fictional pirates, but I'm hoping their conflict gets epic a bloody.
I felt kind of bad when Elenore betrayed Max, pretty much giving her a death sentence by Vane. When Vane catches her, she's screwed. Waaaaay too many people crossed Vane this episode, and it will blow back on them. That should be interesting.
Also, now that I've realized that this guy was Jack Rackam, I feel kind of disappointed in his portrayal. He seems to be the intelligent and resourceful one. Rackam is supposed to be more of an incompetent but entertaining drunk. This show just seems to be borrowing the characters for a story though. Anne Bonny isn't supposed to be around yet. Jack didn't meet her and get her to join his crew until a while after he mutinied and stranded Vane on a deserted tropical island. She never served under Vane with Rackam in real life.
I'm still looking forward to seeing Blackbeard too. I'm wondering how they will portray Vane and Blackbeards friendship in this book. I'm thinking that Blackbeard will be a wildcard that will be drawn later by the real pirates side to get a leg up on the fictional team. We'll see how that goes though.
Last edited by Arachnid1 on Feb 2nd, 2014 at 10:40 PM
I stopped after episode 3. I'm planning on getting caught up, but at the same time, it hasn't been all that interesting either. Flint is ****ing awesome, but thats about it. They really dropped the ball on Charles Vane (who's my favorite real life pirate). He looks like he's on his way to chip-n-dales.
This also is set long before any of the big name pirates were killed, and 20 years before treasure island, so you already know none of the main characters are going to end up getting killed. It feels too safe for a pirate show. They should have just made a bunch of new fictional characters.
I don't know. I'll get back to it eventually. Hopefully it picks up later in the season.
Well, finished watching all eight episodes. All I can say: boooooring.
My God, these pirates talk and talk and talk and talk… It seems okay at the beginning, but they never stop talking. And more talking. I thought these guys were into making money, but they could run a bloody parliament.
So I'm bailing out of this series. I doubt these will get a second season, honestly.