So it’s been a while… Hope you’re all still well and not pining for your next dollop of my writing. (Doubtful)
It’s been busy of late and I haven’t had time to sit down and really get something through the keyboard. Partly because I’ve been binge-watching the show named above.
Think Deadwood, but with pirates. I was hooked from the first episode. I’m a big fan of the genre, including Johnny Depp’s take of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (yes, even the dreadful sequels), but this is altogether a different animal.
It’s gritty, dark at times, over-sexualized at times (but then again, we are talking about pirate life, so maybe the amount of nudity and sex is historically accurate?), but the overall themes of loyalty, ambition, and the Game of Thrones-esque gray area when it comes to the main characters and their moral compasses makes for a great TV show. There are great characters that you can’t decide if you love or hate, double-crosses, double double-crosses (cue Johnny Depp’s gun and explanation to Orlando Bloom’s surprise look of unfairness in their duel in the blacksmith shop in PotC, “Pirate!”), politics, sea battles and raids, and there’s plenty to love.
The opening credits are some of my favorite of any show I’ve ever watched:
The dissonance of the piano and chanting seems to fit perfectly well with the chaotic life of piracy, and the incredible detail in the sculptures take something that I usually ignore by checking my phone while I wait for the show to come on and turn it into something I’m intently watching. It’s also a great juxtaposition of the light (society, aristocracy, religion) and darkness (skeletons, blood, prostitution). The shot at 1:00 is one of my favorites as in the foreground you can see the incredible detail etched into the waves, buildings, and ships. Don’t even get me started on the amazing detail at 0:25 and in the preview above. Simply unreal.
I found myself googling “Pirate books” and have now set out to get myself copies of Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton. Surprised I haven’t found a good novel about Blackbeard yet, but I’ll keep looking. Anyone have any other pirate books that they’ve loved?
Currently seasons 1 and 2 are available if you subscribe to Starz via cable or dish, but I was able to watch by adding it as an add-on subscription for my Amazon Prime Video app on my PS4.