If TV ratings were measured by intensity of fan devotion instead of viewing figures, Our Flag Means Death would currently be sailing its way to six seasons and a movie. People who love David Jenkins’ queer 18th century pirate comedy seriously love it, but according to Max, there aren’t enough of them to justify its continuation.
The cancellation news arrived in early January 2024, two months after season two aired in the US in October 2023, and before the second run had even arrived in the UK. The outcry was immediate and prompted calls for another streamer to come to the show’s rescue.
Now, the BBC has confirmed that the entire second season will air weekly on BBC Two, starting on Monday 5th February at 10pm, with all eight episodes available to stream as a boxset on BBC iPlayer on that date.
It’s bittersweet news for UK fans, who’ve been waiting a year for the reunion of Rhys Darby’s gentleman pirate Stede Bonnet and Taika Waititi’s misunderstood rogue Blackbeard (aka Captain Edward Teach).
Eight new episodes in the company of The Revenge’s crew – such as it was by the calamitous end of season one – are a delight, the news that the ship won’t sail again in a planned third season, less so.
Creator David Jenkins announced the cancellation news on Instagram with the following eulogy, telling fans that while he was very sad not to set foot on the Revenge again, he was also grateful to Max for the two seasons they were able to make, and grateful to “one of the most likable fan communities in the history of this medium”:
“Our Flag Means Us. Loving one another, pulling off some pretty weird and beautiful shit, and talking it through… as a crew.”
Our Flag Means Death season two is available to stream now on Max in the US, and arrives on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer on Monday 5th February.