The Lost Pirate Kingdom

Review: The Lost Pirate Kingdom By Sam Callis

Netflix documentary series The Lost Pirate Kingdom season 1 was released on the streaming service on March 15, 2021.

It’s appalling how much I did not know about the history of pirates before I watched this documentary series. My history lessons at high school were lacking, obsessively leaning towards the heroics of Britain in World War 1 & 2. The strongest lean was fictionalized in the form of Pirates of the Caribbean, and even that is laced in fantasy.

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Netflix’s The Lost Pirate Kingdom delves into the history post War of the Spanish Succession, which left thousands of Caribbean privateers unemployed, and a treasure wreck brought plenty of opportunities — Season 1 narrates how this formed a republic and a surprisingly robust one at that.

Of course, there’s no real-life footage, so The Lost Pirate Kingdom relies on dramatized reimaginings of what the main players looked like; from a production perspective, it’s impressive — it’s a genuine attempt to tell a story to the viewer without making it sound like a monotone documentary. Even the soundtrack has a tinge of Pirates of the Caribbean, giving a sense of adventure between each episode.

The 6-chapter docuseries provides the golden era of piracy, where the lines blurred between legalities; the narrator describes how the treasure sometimes had 10 lifetimes worth of value; it’s abundantly clear why a lucrative pirate republic was formed. History has a way of repeating cycles of the rich versus the poor, and the dynamics that are formed — The Lost Pirate Kingdom conjures a convincing, archive-led tale.

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The only downside to the documentary series is that The Lost Pirate Kingdom does lull; the binge factor is reduced by the same pattern of music, narrator, and dramatized scene; it works on this cycle, moving the audience along down the timeline, but it does eventually lose its entertainment value. However, The Lost Pirate Kingdom is worth a shout, and if you are not arrr-ing afterward, then this documentary series has failed.

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