Pirates must be all the rage these days. Barely two months after the finale of Black Sails on Starz, which was a worthy prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island (with another season on the way), NBC is offering a new pirate drama based on the notorious captain Black Beard. It’s titled Crossbones and premiers tomorrow at 10 PM.
The series stars John Malcovich and, based on the preview, looks pretty damn good! Of course, there are several plot elements that look similar to Black Sails, including a coded map. But, then again, what good is a treasure map if it doesn’t need to be decoded?
Crossbones is based on a book called The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard. I’ve not spent much time reading pirate books (save for Treasure Island and Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton), but if I wasn’t spending most of my time researching and writing about Tenth Century Rome for the sequel to Enoch’s Device, I might very well add this one to my reading list.
My hope is that Crossbones serves up an exciting adventure during this post-Vikings TV lull. After all, man cannot live on Game of Thrones alone!