Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies.
I don’t normally do TV trailers on here, mostly because despite watching lots (too much) of TV, I’m just not into it the way I am with movies. There are exceptions, of course, but generally speaking movies are where my heart lies. Having said that, I can’t ignore a new show about pirates, given my obsession with all things pirate-related. So here’s the trailer for NBC’s upcoming summer TV series, Crossbones, and read on for my thoughts:
Crossbones is not the only pirate show on TV, but considering that I don’t have Stars I can’t watch Black Sails (plus I’m turned off by Michael Bay‘s name being behind that show). While I’m happy that broadcast TV is finally putting out a pirate show, Crossbones looks more than a little ridiculous. I would love to tune into the show and see it filled with this:
But I get the feeling what we’re going to end up with is lots of this:
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of John Malkovich, and I think he could make a great pirate. However, I have no idea why he’s playing Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, considering he’s 22 years older than Blackbeard died, and that the show is officially set in 1729, 11 years after his death. I mean, I guess they could put a line in about how he faked his death in order to start over somewhere else (hence the “We don’t use that name” line, but it’s a little silly just to give people a name they know.
The other main character is Tom Lowe, played by Richard Coyle, who seems like a direct ripoff of Stephen Maturin from the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. He’s a spy and a ship’s surgeon, it doesn’t get more plagiaristic than that. That actually doesn’t really bother me, it just makes me wish for an Aubrey/Maturin show, or at least for a sequel to Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
We don’t get a lot from trailer about the plot of the show, other than that it revolves around this mysterious device:
The official description of the show on NBC’s website calls this a “longitude chronometer” which is just silly. Yes, chronometers were used to measure longitude, but it’s not like this was some secret, magical device. It was simply a method used for determining your position in the ocean. There also appears to be a lot of code deciphering going on in the trailer, which is seemingly why Blackbeard is interested in Lowe.
There’s the requisite blood and sex, though I can’t imagine it’ll be on the same level as Black Sails. The show does look very pretty, and thankfully used a pair of real ships (or at least mock-ups) to film with, which makes the visuals more authentic. It was filmed in Puerto Rico, so the scenery should be nice as well. All other complaints aside, Crossbones will sink or sail based on the quality of the characters it creates and how engaging it makes its story. It’s too soon to tell how well that will play out, but I’ll be giving the show a chance when it premiers on May 30. If for no other reason than the fact that Malkovich looks good as a pirate:
What do you think? Does Crossbones look ridiculous? Is there a chance it could be a fun show for the summer? Does historical accuracy ever matter in a show like this? Do you think Malkovich will make a good Blackbeard? Can we all at least agree that he’s always interesting to watch? Did you like the interesting version of “Born to be Wild” in the trailer? Let me know in the comments!