In 1715, the notorious pirate Edward Teach - otherwise known as Blackbeard - reigns over a nation of outlaws and thieves on the Bahamian island of Santa Campana. It's a marauder's paradise unlike any other on Earth, and is quickly becoming a threat to international commerce.
Blackbeard has his diabolical mind set on obtaining the world's first longitude chronometer, which is said to have the ability to drastically alter society, sea trade, and business on a global scale.
He orchestrates an attack on an English vessel in an attempt to steal the device, but an undercover English spy named Lowe destroys it before it can fall into the wrong hands.
Blackbeard takes Lowe as a prisoner back to Santa Campana, where he is tasked with reassembling the chronometer. But while doing this, Lowe also must devise a way to foil Blackbeard's grand scheme.
They should've started the show with Malkovich wearing a black beard, as cool as the show was I can see if newcomers would be confused as to the identity of blackbeard being Malkovich looking exactly like himself, he's a great actor but the premise of blackbeard having no beard was a bit of a stretch as we know he died with his big beard.
The comparisons with Black Sails are inevitable, but a little biased - Black Sails, as a cable show, can include nudity and strong language that Crossbones couldn't. But I thought Crossbones had good scripts and fine actors. Guess the Peacock needed the space for its weak new comedies like Bad Judge...
I thought Malkovich was fantastic as the Commodore/Blackbeard. Loved the show, good old-fashioned story telling. Really wish it were coming back.
Guess I'll have to walk the plank!
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