Being Edward Teach
I found it intriguing, liked the dialogue and all the conspiracy involved.
Was not as bloody as expected.
Still unsure where they will go with it, though.
It is based on the fabrication that Blackbeard was not killed at the assumed age of between 35-40, but went on to live a further number of years.
The real Blackbeard, who in this series is now Whitebeard, did try to retire from piracy (it is said he intentionally ran his ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, aground) and was granted a pardon, but eventually returned to piracy.
There is much history, and association with other pirates, that can offer this show ample scenarios to chose from.
I sincerely hope it succeeds, but it has been rumoured Malkovich did not discuss a second season with the producers.
I’ve also read where the show was inspired by the book ‘The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down’ by Colin Woodard.
(SPOILERISH- When Fletcher said he wanted to go home, it reminded me of
Samwise Gamgee, and the chosen method to kill Blackbeard was reminiscent of
‘In the Name of the Rose’, then there was the ‘Hellraiser’s Pinheadesque’ scene.)