‘Our Flag Means Death’ review: Pirates in love, but don’t ask about the captain’s plantation

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Chicago Tribune

What if two real-life 18th-century pirate captains didn’t just cross paths, but fell in love? That’s the slow-burning premise of “Our Flag Means Death,” the HBO Max comedy series that premiered last month starring Rhys Darby as the blundering gentleman pirate Stede Bonnet and Taika Waititi as the fearsome Blackbeard, with a resplendent head of hair and beard to match. Leaning heavily on creative license and a loose interpretation of history, the show, from creator David Jenkins, is fueled by a euphoric sense of the absurd: Part action-adventure, part rom-com, part workplace comedy. It is at on…

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