Gathering Storms Recap

Entertainment Weekly posted a recap of the episode entitled : Gathering Storms.

Read it below:

After last week’s angry-sex encounter with young Charles, it’s surprising to see Selima disrobing and throwing herself at the Commodore. It’s even more surprising to see her get shut down. He tells her she can’t lie to him, “least of all with your body.” Ouch. Mortified, she runs out.

In Jamaica, Capt. Finnegan (using an assumed name) meets with Jagger in the beach dunes to arrange the sale of the chronometer. Jagger proceeds to describe Finnegan, the charges against him, his family in Yorshire — in other words, Finnegan is busted. Knowing he’s surrounded by Finnegan’s men, Jagger threatens to spit-roast his nieces, sister and mom if any harm befalls him on this beach, and leads Finnegan away to talk in a more civilized environment.
The Commodore is again lounging in bed, when he feels someone join him. He begins to protest, but when he turns his head, his
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Crossbones Cancelled

Rumor has it that the show has been cancelled and will not be renewed and picked up for a second season due to low ratings, way below NBC’s expectations. After just 3 episodes the series has started seeing a rapid decline in viewers and general interest even though it has Malkovich as the main character.

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Antoinette

Antoinete is the name of the next episode in the series, the 4th episode, which will air on June 27 2014 at 10/9c.

Here’s a quick summary of the epside written by Jiilo_Kim  from imdb.com:

Having learned of Blackbeard’s plans to attack innocent civilians in Jamaica, Lowe devises a way to report back to his spymaster, William Jagger. But having done so, Lowe discovers that Jagger might be an even greater madman than the Commodore. The time has come to make a choice between two evils. Which way will he jump?

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Season 1 Episode 2 Recap

If you missed the second episode of the series, or just want to get a memory refresh, here’s a short recap of the episode:

The episode starts with Blackbeard congratulating James for rebuilding the chronometer. Next we see Lowe drawing a submarine and is met by Kate who asks him to help her husband who is in a lot of pain. Blackbeard brings Valentine to the island, who is apparently another notorious pirate and offer him a deal which apparently can’t be refused. Offer him The Longitude Chronometer so that he can sell it back to the Englishmen in order to maintain Blackbeard’s secrecy and nonexistance. Valentine refuses the deal on the premise that IF he sells it back, the Englishmen will be able to track down all pirates and destroy their living.

Lowe attempts to heal Kate’s husband, but his paralysis and atrophy is too far gone and cannot be saved and remains to live in pain from the tortures. Lowe explains to Kate why he husband needs her compassion and not her pity or sympathy, to which Kate replies with a list of sacrifices she did for him in order to get him out of prison.

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Season 1 Episode 3 air date delay

The third episode in the series takes a 1 week break, and will air on Friday, June 20, at 10/9c as usual.

Here’s the episode’s synopsis:

Kate is captured on a trading voyage, prompting Blackbeard and Lowe to join forces to rescue her. Before long, Lowe discovers that Blackbeard has a hidden motive. It is not clear of what the motive is, however we can assume that it has something to do with, as the title of the episode states, the man who killed black beard. After the second episode, we’re inclined to believe that Kate might also be in-on-it with Blackbeard and all being a scheme set for Lowe.
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Crossbones Episode 01 Recap

So, last night was the premiere for the show, an in case you missed it but you’re still interested in what happened in order to catch up for the next episode, we’ve “organized some words” that recap the episode as follows, in greentext:

SPOILERS AHEAD (read at your own risk, people have been reported dying from spoilers)

> Tom Lowe, a surgeon and an assassin is set to protect the longitude chronometer on board of the ship called HMS Petrel

> Unknown to the ship’s crew and anyone else, Tom Lowe’s mission is to actually get captured and kill Blackbeard

> The HMS Petrel is attacked and Low destroys the chronometer and is then captured and taken to Devil’s Dominion island where Blackbeard is the commodore of a handful of pirates

> Blackbeard wants the chronometer, but the only way to rebuild it is through deciphering a cypher to which only Tom Lowe knows the ‘pass key’

> Lowe is sent to decipher the code in a prison cell that resembles more of a mansion bedroom

> Blackbeard’s right hand Selima El is also in charge of deciphering the code

> Bitch Selima wants a shortcut and begins to torture Lowe for the passkey

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First episode reviews are in!

If you haven’t watched the show and are on the edge of watching or not, you can have an easier decision to make after reading some reviews. We’ve gathered snippets from several review sites below:

Now that I’ve likened Crossbones to fellow NBC shows The Blacklist and Hannibal, let’s actually pair it up with the other current pirate TV series, Starz’ Black Sails. Both series kicked things off with a pirate siege on a ship, the desperate hurry to hide valuable information, and the memorization of valuable information in order to stave off execution. Like clockwork. Which Blackbeard would appreciate all too much given his love of ticking, synchronized timepieces. And while I don’t want to spend all of this review writing about all the other shows that Crossbones reminds me of, the similarities here are striking. Though, what Crossbones has going for it right out of the gate is an assassination mission and, in place of a payload of treasure, a valuable game-changing mega-chronometer. – full review here: ign.com

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Crossbones Review

SFGate has posted a pretty extensive review of the show.

Here are a few snippets from the article:

Anyway, television used to be fun, and then it grew up. Or maybe we did. These days, fun is such a rara avis in the medium that we forget how it used to be until a show like NBC’s “Crossbones” comes along to remind us. And when it does, on Friday night, you may find yourself wondering why other shows can’t be just fun to watch as well.

The series was created and written by Neil Cross, who created the British series “Luther” and who has written for “Doctor Who.” NBC originally planned it as a mid-season show but pushed it back to the summer, which is in some ways a better fit, except for the fact that it will air at the end of the night on Fridays, which means it will have a tough time finding an audience without time-shifting.

To read the entire review visit: SFGAte

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Second Episode Summary and Air Date

Tracy Ifeachor - Crossbones

Tracy Ifeachor – Crossbones

The second episode for the series was announced and is set to have its air date on Friday, June 06, 2014 and time at 10/9 c. The title of this episode is “The Covenant”.

In this episode, Blackbeard, played by John Malkovich, has his plans spoiled when a powerful and popular Pirate Captain comes on the Devil’s Dominion island and disagrees with Blackbeard’s grand schemes. On order for his scheme to not fail, he has a decision to make: either to drop his plan or to get rid of an old friend. On another plane, Tom Lowe (played by Richard Coyle) tried to gain insight into the Commodore mysterious endgame, but in the end he finds himself as nothing more than a pawn in Blackbeard’s grand design.

If you want to see the full list of episodes for this season and their air dates and schedule, check the episode guide.

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The Longitude Chronometer

The Longitude Chronometer

The entire premise behind Crossbones is that Blackbeard wants his hands on The Longitude Chronometer which, as of now, we know almost nothing about it. However, here are the things that we do know about it and what we can speculate what it does and what its purpose is.

It is a physical device that had the ability to change the world. We don’t know the way or in what shape or form can change the world.

“Logitude by chronometer” is a method in ship navigation that can determine the longitude using a marine chronometer with was created by John Harrison, a self-educated English carpenter and clockmaker. Based on this we can assume that the The Longitude Chronometer has the ability to point the way to something or to reveal something.

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Crossbones premieres tonight!

The long awaited NBC series, that started with a rumor back in 2011, is finally going to premiere with the first episode tonight, Friday, May 30 at 10/9c ! We will see John Malkovich as Blackbeard, who stole the logitude chronometer, a device that supposedly has the ability to change  the world,  from HMS Petrel. The man in charge of making sure that the pirates don’t get their hands on the device is Tom Lowe, a spy working as the ship’s surgeon.

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The Crossbones forums are up!

Crossbones Forum

Crossbones Forum

Fans, we’re really excited to announce that the discussion forums are up and ready to go. You can visit them by following the link on the top or by clicking here:  Crossbones Forums

Here you can discuss everything about the show, ranging from general discussion to episodes and, of course, Blackbeard. If you would like more topics other than the ones included please feel free to suggest it in the Feedback section.

 

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First episode summary and synopsis.

We have a short description of the show’s first episode, provided by Jiilo_Kim from IMDB. How accurate this summary is will remain to be seen:

Plot: The Longitude Chronometer, a device that will change the world, is stolen from HMS Petrel by pirates working for the legendary but supposedly long dead Edward Teach – better known as Blackbeard. On board the Petrel is Tom Lowe, an English spy working undercover as ship’s surgeon. Lowe’s mission is to prevent the Chronometer from falling into the hands of pirates – and if the opportunity should arise, to assassinate

 

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Watch Crossbones online Full episode

As with all their shows, NBC will most likely add the first episode online so that we can watch it.

While we are waiting for the first episode to air you can check this feature video straight from NBCs site.

Once the show airs and will be available to be watched online we will be the first to announce it and stream it if possible.

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First episode

In the Crossbones first episode the story behind the Cypher will be revealed along with introducing all characters, starting, of course, with Blackbeard. 

The tale takes place on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. This unique place of piracy, theft and outlaws is reigned by the fearsome pirate captain Edward Teach, known as Blackbeard. But a scheme has been designed to throw Blackbeard from his throne. An assassin,Tom Lowe, is sent with the task to execute the pirate leader. However, as Lowe moves closer towards Blackbeard, he starts to admire his ideas and involvement in the rogue society. And of course, Lowe will not be Blackbeard’s only enemy.

Blackbeard has designs on the longitude chronometer, an invention that will change the world. During a massive attack on an English vessel, his most trusted pirates attempt to steal the device. But on board is Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle, “Covert Affairs”), an English spy working undercover as ship’s surgeon. Lowe’s mission is to prevent the chronometer from falling into the hands of pirates – and to assassinate Blackbeard, should the opportunity arise.

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Crossbones like Black Sails?

It appears that several people are seeing a resemblance between Black Sails and Crossbones:

The plot appears to be exactly the same as Black Sails, which premiered recently. Pirate steals and memories sacred page, which becomes his bargaining chip to new life/wealth. Except the Malkovich’s character is more eccentric than mad or menacing.”

Others retort:

“You are talking about a very minor plot point that is common to two shows: A man can’t be harmed because he has memorized information that the man who would like to kill him needs. That was only ONE thing that happened in Black Sails; it was not what the entire season of Black Sails was about. And it obviously isn’t going to be what the entire season of Crossbones is about.”

 

 

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What is the Crossbones Cypher?

Crossbones Cypher

Crossbones Cypher

 

In the trailer for the Crossbones on NBC we see Blackbeard talking about the legend of a Cypher. Blackbeard asks Tom Lowe to unlock the cyper but he tries to refuse only to be threatened by Blackbeard. We also see him, Tom Low, being tortured presumably for not cooperating.

Analyzing the image above we can see a series of letters arranged in a circle. What exactly do those letters show when deciphered  it is yet to be discovered in the first episde.

The cypher will most likely be the key element of the show.

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Crossbones Premiere Date

Crossbones on NBC is an action packed drama featuring John Malkovich:

Crossbones is an action adventure series set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where crazed pirate Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, reigns over nation of thieves, outlaws and corrupt sailors. To gain control of this formidable society, Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the buccaneers’ haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard.

The series premiere and first episode will air on Friday, May 30 at time 10/9c.

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What is Crossbones?

Crossbones is an upcoming American television series on the NBC network. The series is a fictionalization of the life of the pirate Edward “Blackbeard” Teach in and around the island of New Providence in The Bahamas. The show was created by Neil Cross, creator of the British television series Luther, and whose television writing credits include Spooks and Doctor Who.

The network announced the series in May 2012 with a straight-to-series commitment. Ten episodes were ordered, with production beginning in Puerto Rico on October 15, 2013. It was originally supposed to be a part of NBC’s midseason schedule, but was later pushed to summer. The series will premiere on May 30, 2014.

The series is based on the book The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard.

Georgeville Television, which had been participating as a production company, dropped out of the project.

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