Review of Crossbones

60 minutes

"The True Legend of Blackbeard" It's 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder's paradise, this is a place like no other on earth - and a mounting threat to international commerce. To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the buccaneers' haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can't help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds - and no law. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard's rule. He is a man with many villainous rivals and one great weakness - a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny.
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by cLoUless
Jun 19, 2015 4:07PM EDT

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Crossbones is no "Black Sails". It is good, none the less. This piracy show centers around the renowned pirat Blackbeard. The Crown wants him gone and sends an agent to assasinate him. But this agent (Richard Coyle) sways as he learns more about and from the great pirat Blackbeard (John Malkovich). The assassin becomes a conditional ally and many ohter enemies emerge to cross Blackbeards plans and remove him from power.
This show has great actors and Malkovich is Malkovich, but sadly the plot could not developed further in a seceond season. There was much potential but probably there was not enough wind to keep Crossbones and Black Sails afloat.
And in this show as in Black Sails, sex was more meant to get the ratings right, but this is not always the best approach.


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