Crossbones 1 Season 2014

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Season 1
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1. The Devil's Dominion TV-14 CC

The Longitude Chronometer, a device that will change the world, is stolen from HMS Petrel by pirates working for the legendary but supposedly long dead Edward Teach - better known as Blackbeard (John Malkovich). On board the Petrel is Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle), an English spy working undercover as ship's surgeon. Lowe's mission is to prevent the Chronometer from falling into the hands of pirates... and if the opportunity should arise, to assassinate Blackbeard.

Starring:
Ezra Buzzington, Emilien De Falco
Runtime:
51 minutes
Original air date:
May 30, 2014

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The Devil's Dominion

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director David Slade
Starring Ezra Buzzington, Emilien De Falco
Supporting actors Henry Hereford, David Hoflin, Tracy Ifeachor, John Malkovich, Yasmine Al Massri, Aimee Mullins, Kevin Ryan, Reema Sampat, Julian Sands, Peter Stebbings
Season year 2014
Network NBCUniversal
Producers Tim Dragga, Todd M. Lachniet, Rudd Simmons
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Customer Reviews

Lucky for them, I can't find anything else to watch.
JPDD
They need to keep the story interesting, avoid too many pirate-story cliches, and keep the action moving, like a good adventure on the high seas.
Michael Bell
Great series with excellent story line and good acting.
Al in Denver

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By art teacher on July 14, 2014
Format: DVD
This show has a most excellent villain in John Malkovich! He deserves an Emmy for his portrayal of an intellectual, conflicted, and haunted by demons Blackbeard. I love the rest of the cast too and the premise that the 'bad' guys are not all bad and the 'good' guys are certainly not all good...so who do you trust when life and country is at stake?

This series is NOT your stereotype pirate show - thank God! - it is not about pillaging and plundering. It is a fictional story based on authentic history, inspired by the book The Republic of Pirates about the experimental free colonies in the Caribbean started by Blackbeard and other pirates. It is also a "what if" story - what if Blackbeard had not been killed in 1718 but was actually still alive and in hiding?

In this series, Blackbeard is the governor of sorts of a small, unknown island, home to all kinds of refugees, fugitives, former slaves and pirates...everyone is considered free, equal and accountable to the laws they have set up. These ideas are extremely threatening to English Imperialism who want to destroy it before it can take hold (although later they influence a little something known as the American revolution). Blackbeard has his men capture the HMS Petrel and take the chronometer, an invention that will revolutionize sea navigation. But why does Blackbeard want this?

The English fleet is led by a crazed, psychopathic William Jagger (Julian Sands) hell bent on eliminating Blackbeard. He will torture and kill anyone who gets in his way. He has intentionally put the Petrel in harm's way, hoping to lure Blackbeard from hiding. The Commodore/Blackbeard is equally and even insanely obsessed with revenge against Jagger.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Elisea on May 31, 2014
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First of all I could not believe I was seeing such an extraordinary show on network TV. The opening shots of the two ships before they engaged in battle were breathtakingly beautiful, and the battle itself was perfectly directed so I felt threatened sitting at home. From there the sets and locations for this pirate haven were filled with so much action and characters and sets it felt like a real place and a busy one at that with everybody in character doing work and looking authentic while doing so.

Then there is the writing which took me to a place I have never been before with this version of Blackbeard. I need to read the book this story is based on. I lived on the Carolina coast and heard many chilling tales about the atrocities he allegedly committed while pillaging there, so I had the impression that he was just a bloodthirsty madman and not much else. Well with John M. playing him he is certainly that but with layers so you are not sure just what you are getting. Intriguing and mesmerizing. So now I am onto actors. This is an astounding cast that has been assembled for Crossbones and what brings all the other parts together. What I am trying to get at is that all the parts to the Crossbones' package are top notch; nothing has been spared to bring this epic to the screen. John M. is as you would expect him to be, and I can see why he signed onto this project, the quality of the parts, and what a part for him to lend his talent to. To make it even better he has an actor in Richard Coyle, and the character of Tom Lowe who we find out is as ruthless and devious as Blackbeard because even though his cover is that of a ship's doctor, he is an English spy.
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I like the way John Malkovich portrays the main character--Edward Teach, AKA Blackbeard.
He appears to have fun conjuring up Blackbeard's genius, wit, paranoia, dillusion of grandeur and flair for the dramatic.

Richard Coyle's role as British spy--Tom Lowe, reminds me just a little of Russell Crowe from Master and Commander.

The lady pirates are well-played too. Claire Foy plays Kate Balfour, in charge of Blackbeard's booty, but she falls predictably for Tom Lowe. I forsee nothing but trouble from her character going forward.

Yasmine Al Massri plays the part of the smart girl on the island, with her own mind, so I don't know how long she will last in this series.

But my favorite piratess is Nenna Ajanlekoko, played fiercely by Tracy Ifeachor. All I can say is that you have to see the way she makes her entrance onto the scene in the first episode. We were rooting for her, even though she was the bad girl!

I can't wait to see how much longer Blackbeard lets his guard down in front of Thomas Lowe.

John Malkovich's British accent is better than his French accent in Johnny English, or his Russian accent in Rounders.

I will be watching episode 2 tonight, and look forward to a great season. The actors are great, so the success of Crossbones rests on the shoulders of the writers. They need to keep the story interesting, avoid too many pirate-story cliches, and keep the action moving, like a good adventure on the high seas.

I hope that this will keep me satisfied until James Spader returns in "The Blacklist" this fall.
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