Who would have thought that a comedy about pirates could make me cry? – The flow
If you’re a fan of weird history, you might have heard of Stede Bonnet, otherwise known as the Gentleman Pirate. Even if you’re not a weird history buff, you’ve definitely heard the name of one of the fiercest pirates of all time, known as Blackbeard. What you may not know is that Blackbeard, a pirate feared both by those who scour the seas in search of treasure and by the British Royal Navy, sailed with the Gentleman Pirate in 1717. That’s where “Our Flag Means Death” comes in: Released March 3, the comedy-drama chronicles the fictionalized adventures of Blackbeard and the Gentleman Pirate that loosely follow real historical events.
“Our Flag Means Death” features an impressive cast of comedians. With Rhys Darby as Stede Bonnet and Taika Waititi as Blackbeard, the two actors come from a long line of cult classics such as “Flight of the Conchords” and “What We Do In The Shadows.” However, the show doesn’t just feature two great comedians, but is filled with them. Appearances also include “Saturday Night Live”‘s Leslie Jones as Spanish Jackie, “Portlandia’s” Fred Armisen as Geraldo, “BoJack Horseman”‘s Will Arnett as Calico Jack, and “Bob’s” Kristen Schaal. Burgers” as Antoinette, among many others.
The cast is part of what made this show so fantastic, because not only is every person in the show hilarious, but they’re all skilled actors. There wasn’t a single joke that didn’t land, a single scene that seemed unenthusiastic, a single character whose name I forgot. You can tell through their acting that not only were they dedicated to their craft, but they loved doing this show together. Paired with incredible writing, this show is comedy gold.
What really made “Our Flag Means Death” special to me was the delivery of meaningful LGBTQ+ stories. There isn’t just one gay character, but rather many different iterations of same-sex relationships that are often underrepresented in media. Relationships isn’t just a three-second kiss that’s thrown around as a plot device — looking at you, Star Wars — but rather is integral to the storyline and character arcs.
Additionally, the characters do not rely on their relationships to identify them, but rather have well-written and fully developed individual stories surrounding their identity. “Our Flag Means Death” not only did the work to ensure LGBTQ+ relationships were represented in a meaningful way, but also cast underrepresented actors in underrepresented roles. This show is the first I’ve seen to not only cast a non-binary actor to play a non-binary character, but also give the character a heartfelt story that both surrounds their identity without making that the only important thing about them.
The effortless delivery of these LGBTQ+ relationships and characters is what makes “Our Flag Means Death” one of my favorite shows to date. Unlike my generation’s childhood shows, this show didn’t hold back on those teased romances, but instead showed them to viewers without hesitation. Even after backlash from homophobic viewers and pretentious history buffs, director and star actor Waititi posted on social media how proud he and the rest of the cast were of the show and those who felt represented. by she.
“Our Flag Means Death” made me laugh and cry, but more importantly, it made me feel invested in multiple on-screen relationships and characters, which is more than I can say for any other show I’ve watched in recent years. . It hasn’t been renewed for season two yet, which I can only assume is the biggest mistake HBO Max has ever made due to critical acclaim and fan reception, but I still keep hope.