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Screener Squad: Our Flag Means Death

Our Flag Means Death Series Review


The Screener Squad is setting out on the open seas with the new comedy/drama Our Flag Means Death. Stede Bonnet has left his family behind to become a pirate, but not just any kind of pirate. He wants to become the first “gentleman pirate.” From paying his crew a salary, to lining his quarters with books and the finest clothing, Stede is a different kind of pirate and this is a different kind of show. Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi, Rory Kinnear, and a phenomenal cast bring us a show that takes representation and its portrayal to heart. Robert, Marco, Tessa, and Dogget are here with a lengthy talk about what surprised them, what they loved, and what they would love to see more of. So, listen now to hear us talk about our varying prior exposure to pirates on screen, how effective the drama and comedy is, a special loving shoutout to our fellow reviewer Nathan, the show’s ties to reality, and Dogget’s list of lesser known pirate movies. Long live Widow Bonnet!


CREATED BY: David Jenkins

STARRING: Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi, Nathan Foad, Kristian Nairn, Samson Kayo, Rory Kinnear, Con O’Neill, Vico Ortiz, Ewen Bremner, David Fane, Joel Fry, Guz Khan, Matthew Maher, Nat Faxon, Samba Schutte, Leslie Jones, Fred Armisen, Claudia O’Doherty, Boris McGiver, Gary Farmer, Kristen Schaal, Nick Kroll, Tim Heidecker, Kristen Johnson, Yvonne Zima, Will Arnett, Angus Sampson




Robert Garza (Screener Squad)

If it weren’t for sad music and scary stories I wouldn’t be as well-adjusted and cheerful as I am today. Moonlighting as a musician off and on since adolescence, I am as big a fan of scores and needle drops as I am of slow zooms, production design, and third act exposition. Just about all of my screen time is spent on international horror, drama, and hour long episodic. Big fan of genre, and the biggest fan of supernatural horror and dark sci-fi with meaningful representation and narratives that use trauma, grief, and grace as more than surface-level content. Also, I read a ton of modern horror novels/comics and stan Matt Berry. In the before times I worked music and film festivals across the US and will hopefully return to that sometime in the future.



Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)

By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.

“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”




Tessa Morrison (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Unstabletop Gamers)

Well-rounded nerd and artist, Tessa Morrison grew up in the misty mountains of West Virginia and was constantly ridiculed for being a “weirdo.” Then moved to Austin in 2009 where people said the same thing, but in an endearing tone. Tessa works an office day job, creates puppets and fiber art, cosplays, models for gaming and animation studios, and volunteers for various organizations. One of which is the Other Worlds Film Festival, Austin’s first SciFi film fest, working in the capacity of Outreach Director and programmer. Another is local DIY-comedy-wrestling league, Party World Rasslin’, where Tessa scrambles around stage-handing and doing art department nonsense. Wrote and contributed to website and magazine Strange Kids Club for five years reviewing films, video games, and Halloween candy. Co-hosted a Public Access show called Ladies of Fandom. Previously guested on podcasts Blood Over Texas, Threequel Club, Trash in the Can, Retro Movie Roundtable, and Nerds with Mics.



Danny Dogget (Screener Squad)

Hey persons, it’s your favorite canine Dogget! As many of you know, I don’t identify as a critic as much as a classy shock jock. That being said, I do my best to give all of you a well-balanced review filled with my true opinions and hopefully a few laughs. You can occasionally find me on other persons podcast like Mission Impodible (that’ll be 10 dollars Nathan). For the most part, you can find me doing reviews on



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