Crossbones – The Man Who Killed Blackbeard Review

Crossbones is continuing its premier season each week, but nothing is becoming easier to understand. This especially holds true with the third episode, in which a central character gets kidnapped while another can’t make up his mind about his motivations.

The Man Who Killed Blackbeard revolves almost entirely around Kate, the center point in a Santa Compana love triangle, and her journey to sell goods to a local preacher. Unfortunately, this journey does not progress particularly well for Kate, and she ends up in the clutches of William Jagger and his British troops. Jagger is the man who supposedly killed Blackbeard many years earlier, and he also happens to be Thomas Lowe’s commanding officer. Jagger is hell-bent on capturing Blackbeard, so he decides to torture Kate for information with the promise of a quick death.


Jagger loves abusing prisoners

Obviously, Kate is one of the most important residents of Santa Compana, so she must be rescued at all costs.  This sends Blackbeard, Lowe, and some other pirates on a quest to rescue Kate before she dies or reveals the location of Santa Compana. The rest of the episode is dedicated to the island’s evacuation, led by Charles Rider and Nenna Ajanlekoko, as well as some various backstabbing and scheming.

This episode was actually the most interesting of the three because it helped clear up some of the confusing plotlines of Crossbones. For example, William Jagger spent part of the episode explaining why he hated Blackbeard so much and how he was able to capture Kate. Additionally, the episode included more information about the various ghosts that Blackbeard sees and his medical condition—apparently, he may not be the only one on the island who sees ghosts.

I also enjoyed this episode more than the first two because it wasn’t simply about Lowe and his random pursuits. In fact, Lowe was only featured when it was absolutely necessary for him to be around; Blackbeard and his crew were featured more often. Lowe is still the show’s main character, but some of the others are starting to feature more prominently into the show. Charles Rider, Nenna Ajanlekoko, and Selima El Sharad all have their own stories that are beginning to branch off from the main plotline of Blackbeard/Thomas Lowe, but I still don’t know what their true purpose is. It is revealed that Nenna steals as often as possible and buries her treasure deep in the island’s jungle for some unknown reason. Rider knows of her theft, but he doesn’t reveal it to the other pirates.

Rider is also included more during this episode because he is supposed to lead the island’s evacuation while also protecting Selima from any harm. Rider also has some ulterior motives for helping Selima, but those are explained later in the episode. Another character who gets more screen time during this episode is Fletch. Up to this point, he has only been Lowe’s sidekick, but we get to learn more about his and his growing crush on one of the island’s prostitutes. We also get hints about an expanded story involving Fletch that could be extremely interesting.

At this point, Lowe still remains the biggest mystery of Crossbones. We know that he is a super spy who was sent to murder Blackbeard, but we don’t know the full extent of his skills. This week, he assisted in delivering a baby with only book knowledge to serve as his guide. That’s pretty impressive for a man who was only posing as a physician to gain entrance to Santa Compana. More importantly, we have no idea what motivates Lowe or helps him make decisions. If he simply wanted to kill Blackbeard, he could have achieved this during the first two episodes. Instead, Lowe chose to help Blackbeard at crucial times during all three of the first episodes. This episode in particular was fairly confusing because he chose to side with Blackbeard and fight his commanding officer in order to rescue Kate.


All of the plot’s critique may sound very negative, but I am truly intrigued by Crossbones. I want to know so much more about each character and their motivations, which unfortunately can’t be achieved during 42 minutes of television. I can’t wait to learn more about each character, and I especially enjoy each action scene involving Blackbeard. The weird plans he incorporates to harm the British Navy are humorous in a violent sort of way.

Crossbones remains an entertaining show, and I hope the quality keeps progressing throughout the season.