OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH SEASON 2 REVIEW
Fun fact, this high seas adventure action comedy romance is in fact loosely based on the life of Stede Bonnet, the honest to goodness “Gentleman Pirate”. Set in 1717, the first season depicts the early days of Bonnet’s career (portrayed by the hilarious Rhys Darby) as a pirate after abandoning his family and his comfortable life as a member of the landed gentry of Barbados. Bonnet appears to have little or no aptitude for this role as the captain of the Revenge, with no experience beyond that of his privileged life. And yet, aboard his ship, the newly-minted Captain Bonnet and his dysfunctional crew survive against deadly threats both from naval warships and other dangerous pirates. During their misadventures, the crew of the Revenge cross paths with one of the most bloodthirsty pirates in history, Blackbeard, AKA Edward Teach (Taika Waititi). Ed and his crew, including First Mate Izzy Hands, join the Revenge and not only does comedy and chaos ensue, Ed and Bonnet fall in love. Season two picks up in the aftermath of the unfortunate breakup of the star-crossed captains. Blackbeard has returned to his legendary murderous ways while Stede rallies his crew and joins up with a cunning Pirate Queen (Ruibo Qian) to retake The Revenge and win back his lost love. Tessa, Harmoni, Chad, and T.C. set sail on the One Of Us sloop to sing the praises of this action-comedy-adventure-queer-romance.
CREATED BY: David Jenkins
STARRING: Rhys Darby, Ewen Bremner, Joel Fry, Samson Kayo, Nathan Foad, Vico Ortiz, Matthew Maher, Kristian Nairn, Rory Kinnear, Con O’Neill, David Fane, Taika Waititi, Samba Schutte, Nat Faxon, Leslie Jones, Madeleine Sami, Ruibo Qian, Anapela Polataivao, Erroll Shand, Mark Mitchinson, Rachel House, Minnie Driver, Bronson Pinchot, Josie Whittlesey
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
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.
Harmoni Anderson (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Unstabletop Gaming)
Harmoni is a mermaid-haired, millennial, rum drinking, Section 31, Slytherin (who’s divorced J.K. Rowling) preschool/nursery teacher and multi genre geek who also loves all things film, tv, fashion, makeup, and an embarrassingly huge BTS stan. Like really embarrassing. As in, mention them and then sit back and watch the insanity. Harmoni likes being able to game and talk movies/TV with people that aren’t 3 feet tall or all that demanding of her. Plus she can curse at us and not get fired….so bonus!
Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)
Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”
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