After a few weeks of “Crossbones” seemingly struggling to figure out what sort of show it was, we got a little bit of a better sense of it Friday night. There was a little less when it came to politics, and a little more swashbuckling, action, and romance geared towards a TV14+ audience. Basically, this was a little more of what we were expecting for a summer show on Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.
The biggest surprise of the entire night to us was seeing Kate becoming a form of buried treasure … at least to Thomas Lowe. Granted, this was hardly treasure at all when he was having to search frantically for her, and there were moments when it looked like she was not going to make it. The battle between Blackbeard and the British heated up, as the feared pirate made one of his biggest moves to date. He ensured that Jagger were misled greatly while out at sea with help from Lowe, and ensured that they had at least a modicum of success. However, Jagger and Lowe are supposed to be a team … with “supposed to be” being the operating term there.
Here is what made this episode the best one that “Crossbones” has done yet: The mixture of victory and dread that you had in the final few minutes. Blackbeard and Lowe worked together, and Kate was saved! Then, you quickly remember that Blackbeard is still hardly a good man, and Lowe still has specific instructions to take him out. The end of the episode was just sinister enough to remind you that this was all just another series of moves in a game, and when the story is this focused and the pirate storytelling this frequent, it is much harder to find a significant qualm.
“Crossbones” is still far from the best on TV, but it’s worthwhile summer entertainment if it keeps this trajectory up. Grade: B.
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