TV: First ‘Crossbones’ Episode Stills Offer a Glimpse of High Seas Intrigue

April 21, 2014 | Posted By In TV Images | 2062 Views

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We got a look at the individual characters, and today we have the first episode stills from “Crossbones,” NBC’s new take on the pirate Blackbeard, as played in this incarnation by John Malkovich.

Malkovich is joined on the show by Chris Perfetti as Fletch, Richard Coyle as Tom Lowe, Claire Foy as Kate, David Hoflin as Charles Vane, Tracy Ifeachor as Nenna and Yasmine Al Massri as Selima. By these stills, it looks like treachery, struggle, maybe even murder is already afoot from the very first episode.

“Crossbones” will premiere on Friday, May 30th at 10pm.

It’s 1715 on the Bahamian island of Santa Campana, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (John Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown and part marauder’s paradise, this is a place like no other on Earth – and a mounting threat to international commerce.

Teach/Blackbeard has set his sights on the world’s first longitude chronometer, a device that will change society, sea-trade and global business. In a massive attack on an English vessel, Blackbeard attempts to steal the device; however, Tom Lowe, an English spy working undercover as the ship’s surgeon, destroys the chronometer before it can fall into his hands. Taken as prisoner to Santa Campana Island, Lowe must find a way to reassemble the precious device, all while trying to unfold Blackbeard’s plan… a plan that includes a threat to the English throne even worse than pirates.


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