Let me say right up front that I am furious that Crossbones was cancelled. NBC almost didn’t air the two-episode finale, choosing at the last moment to dump them together on August 2nd. I haven’t felt this angry since I learned about Arrested Development’s cancellation. Not only are we saying goodbye to one of the most eloquent shows to ever grace the small screen, it was given up for what?
“Beggarman” turned the tables on me. I should have known better. None of these characters are safe revealing too much of themselves even to a more objective, impartial viewer. They’ve kept themselves hidden behind obvious needs like nourishment and protection, or behind a cause, like creating a safe haven for society’s outcasts, or even behind a doctor’s title. “Beggarman” is a clever episode because we feel like we should have
“Antoinette” continues a few romantic angles without playing them up for drama. In this world, survival is dependent on the ability to keep secrets, and each secret created brings more and more trouble to the keeper. Hence, there’s very little time for such a thing as a private romance. I’m delighted that this isn’t the main thrust of the show. I think Crossbones is more about philosophy, psychology, and religion