It's a pirate's life for Rhys Darby and company in David Jenkins' HBO Max comedy
This show came out of nowhere to become one of my favorites of 2022, and since then I've forced pretty much all my friends and family to catch up. Can't wait to discuss it here and for the premiere of season 2!
I managed to watch this entire series over the course of a few plane trips and I cannot tell you how chuffed I am to see the discussions here! Really excited for series two, and hoping I’ll get to watch in a slightly more usual location than a plane.
The premise for this show reminds me of the episode of Time Squad where Blackbeard and his pirates are saving the whales. Ultimately, they convince them to resume pirating but donate a percentage of their loot to charity.
For those who don't know, Time Squad was an early 2000s Cartoon Network show, that saw a group of time-travels attempting to maintain the current timeline, which proved tricky as historical figures often deviated from their intended paths. Abe was dishonest, Edgar Allen Poe wrote cheerful children's books, and Lewis and Clark split up. It was pretty silly but through these misadventures I learned a lot about history including such key figures as Eli Whitney and Louis Pasteur.
I had been meaning to watch this show so I appreciate the gentle nudge to get moving and catching up before Season 2 starts. I like how you characterize it as a workplace comedy. So far I am enjoying it. But I am not completely sold after 2 episodes. I am avoiding spoilers here but have heard it gets better as it goes.
Very excited to read these reviews, as I set about re-watching the season again but bringing along my wife for the ride as a first timer. When trying to sell her on the idea, it reminded me that - while it's outside the scope of the show proper - the marketing for the show was very poor at actually communicating why someone would want to watch this. I pulled up the first season trailer to player for her, and she was like "Well, if you say it gets good" I remember feeling similarly when buzz started to go around about how good the show was, checking out a similar trailer and feeling like "Well, everyone is saying it's good" And it is! But the marketing doesn't really sell it. Similarly, the rushed airing also didn't help, as by the time word of mouth really got going, the season was almost over.
Bit bummed they are doing the same condensed scheduling for season two, but at least the trailer for season 2 is *much* better. Excellent use of Prince at that!