Pirate Master

CBS (ended 2007)


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Pirate Master

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CBS' Pirate Master sends 16 modern-day pirates on a high seas adventure to live as buccaneers and travel around the Caribbean island of Dominica searching for hidden treasure of $1 million. Over the course of 33 days, these pirates will live aboard a massive 179 foot, square-rigged barque and will embark on extraordinary expeditions while deciphering clues along the way. Gold coins (real money which the pirates get to keep) will be given out after each expedition, but not to everyone. This gold plays a key role as pirates make deals with each other or maneuver for long-term security. One pirate will also be made captain of the ship and will assign roles and chores to the remaining crew members. This sets the tone for either law and order, or betrayal and sabotage - against which the crew can choose to mutiny. Each episode finishes on the ship at Pirate's Court, a lively gathering not unlike Survivor's, in which one individual is eliminated and "cut adrift." One pirate will eventually be the first to find the greatest booty, worth $500,000, and claim the title of "Pirate Master."

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  • Why the show just didn't match up to other reality shows?

    I did attempt to watch Pirate Master when it first came out, and I did watch the rest of the episodes on CBS.com in order to finish it out. Many people I know liked the show, and they wish CBS would've brought it back. But I don't agree.

    Pirate Master was trying to incorporate many ideas of Survivor, and I don't feel copying a reality show is a good idea. For one, they had a guy on the show, Louie, that looked like a pirate and sort of reminds you of Rupert from Survivor. There were not that many characters that really impressed me either. The only one doing any type of strategy was Jay, while the rest of them seemed lined up and waiting for their turn to be cast off the ship.

    The other thing that frustrated me was the power in the game. I don't think it was fair for the captain to have officers at the beginning of the game. I felt that gave way too much power to the captain, and it was what helped him keep his power. The fact that you could have the strongest people on your side for sure, and the rest were going to be put on the weaker, opposing team finding the treasure was an unfair match-up. Azymyth, Jay, and Ben were the strongest people left in the game, and they got rid of their biggest competition in Sean and Joe Don. After awhile, it just wasn't interesting. You thought to yourself, oh great, who will they take out this time?

    The characters just didn't have a lot of interaction with each other. They were too isolated, and that was part of the problem with the captain and their officers. Plus, as I said above, nobody else was doing any strategizing. Sure Christa was captain for the last half of the game, but she was Jay's little puppet. And Ben, don't even get me started. All he did was ride coattails and put a smile on his face. If it wasn't for his happy-go-lucky attitude, he would have been cast away sooner. And power player Jay was ousted unfairly by those that had already been booted. That was a horrible part of the game.

    The final problem I had was what I said up above: the people that were eliminated from the game had too much power even after they were eliminated! I mean, first they get to come back and try to overthrow the captain if they win the challenge, split the treasure, and nominate whomever they chose (which thanks to John was foiled cause he dropped the key), and they got to choose which two people would be in the final treasure hunt, thus taking their revenge on Jay for getting them voted out when he was the only one doing anything the entire game.

    Unfortunately for the show, it just didn't catch on to the audience, and the ship sunk just as fast as it got built. A maiden voyage gone horribly wrong for a television show, I'm sorry to say.moreless
  • Most awesome show I have ever seen!!! I am a huge Survivor fan but this beats that show by far!!! Even the theme music is better than Survivor's. Please bring it back!!!moreless

    Let's sign a petition to bring back one of the best shows I've seen on t.v. in a very long time!!! One that keeps us glued watching episode after episode. It was simply aired at the wrong time (during summer when everyone was out and about and on vacations, not watching t.v.). It would have gone over really good in between Survivors during the winter months when all the re-runs were on with nothing else to watch and when they were advertising the last Pirates of the Carribean out on dvd. First show where I liked almost all the characters and had a hard time rooting for just one. We need more PIRATE MASTER!!!moreless
  • I'm editing my review to upgrade it - was better than I thought!

    Admittedly, I originally only started watching this because Survivor was over and Big Brother hadn't begun yet…sort of filler for my reality TV addiction…but it didn't take long for me to add this one to my regular viewing list. Those people who are trying to review this as being 'another survivor' or 'unoriginal' are too busy trying to build bridges of similarity to see the unique aspects of this show. Like those shows in its genre (Survivor, Big Brother) Pirate Captain has a bunch of players trying to lie, compete, connive and contrive their way to being the last pirate/person standing at the end of the season…but I find the contests (puzzles with sabotages), the fact that they have to have a working ship with a dwindling crew to run it, get hands-on-gold rewards for success all worthy of watching. The voting-off mechanism is unique, the players are interesting people, and I find myself rooting for different players as the season continues. I also believe that the first season can be the roughest as you iron out the "kinks" in the game. Big Brother and Survivor both went through growing pains and who can expect this show to be any different. I am currently giving the show an 8.0, but I can see that number going up pretty easily as the creators adjust.

    EDIT: Had to watch the finale on CBS.com, and it was worth it! They had twist and turns, plot changes, drama. In alot of way this show was better than Survivor, and I love that show! The competition at the end was so excruciating I was wincing for the contestants...very well done. Too bad it didn't get better reviews, cuz I'd watch the next season for certain.moreless
  • It's fairly entertaining

    The basic drift of the show is that every week the "pirates" land on a new island and have to seek treasure on the island. Then at the end of the show one of the pirates is voted off. To me, it seems that the show combines the better elements of Survivor and the show Treasure Hunters, which was a show on last summer. This is because it involves the tension you feel from the voting process and the sort of excited rush you get watching them compete for the treasure when it gets down to the wire. Overall this is a good show that would be wellworth your time to check out.moreless

    I thought it was a good show sure it is not survior but it was good and different. I think they should of let the season end first before they cancelled it they did not give it a chance to see where it would end up, it is summer not everyone is inside watching tv so cbs needs to give it a chance to let it finish at least for the season. I love watching all the shows on cbs but when they keep cancelling shows it makes me mad just give the shows a chance let them finish the season for once.moreless

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Comedy, Game Show, Reality