Sunday, March 27, 2022

What I’m Watching: Our Flag Means Death (Season Finale)

Our Flag Means Death: Season 1, Episode 10 “Wherever You Go, There You Are” (B+)

This was an impressive finale, one that sets the stage for a somewhat different season two, should that be in the cards, with Blackbeard on the warpath and Stede maybe a slightly more serious pirates than he’s been thus far. Mary having to adjust to having Stede back was not great, since she felt that being a widow had actually been good for her and that she had grown because of his death, and that was about more important things than him just pushing her out of bed. His kids were equally unimpressed by him, and Mary had moved on with Doug her painting instructor. Fortunately, after she almost stabbed him in the earhole with a skewer, Mary and Stede were able to connect and he concocted the perfect exit strategy, combining his love of theatrics and his desire for all, including Mary to be happy. Coordinating it all was an extraordinary effort, but he pulled it off spectacularly. Now that his crew has been marooned on an island by a melancholy and angry Blackbeard, it should be entertaining to watch him rally them back to whatever degree of productivity and livelihood they were at before Blackbeard first showed up. Oluwande was overjoyed when Bonifacia returned, and while Lucius ended up seeing some things he couldn’t unsee, they were able to express their repressed passions for each other for a brief time. This show was certainly silly but I’d happily watch more of it, especially considering the delightful Stede-Blackbeard romance that I hope might be possible again in the future.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Taika Waititi as Blackbeard

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