Pirate Master Episodes

2007, TV Show

Pirate Master Episode: "I Want That Treasure"

Season 1, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Sixteen adventurers become modern-day pirates when they row out to and board a massive sailing ship, and then undertake their first expedition. Cameron Daddo is the host.
Original Air Date: May 31, 2007

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G'head and call me a wench because I've found my guilty pleasure for the summer. Its name is Pirate Master. Not that I ever doubted Mark Burnett, who I believe has been put on this earth to provide we reality television junkies with the best of the genre. Yes, he had some missteps with the recent Haves versus the Have-nots scenario, but we'll not speak of that because I'm fully on board with Pirate Master. This latest foray into the unscripted series world is clearly a mish-mash of other successful reality shows wrapped in the Jolly Roger, but I'm not going to quibble because there's potential for a great show here. While the whole 16 strangers, tropical location, million-dollar prize setup may be familiar (and who are we kidding, the formula works. Why mess with it?), I have no problem with Pirate Master looting elements from other great reality shows. Here everyone is searching for Capt. Steel's treasure, which has been split up and buried in 14 different locations on Dominica. Following the provided maps, the crew splits into groups and races each other to find the gold (a typical Survivor challenge) and along the way one crew can sabotage the other (like the Yield on The Amazing Race). Back on board the ship the winning crew elects a captain and splits the booty - $40,000 worth of gold coins - among themselves. That's not a bad haul for one day's work. The captain then gets to move into the Captain's Quarters and choose candidates to be cut loose (just like Big Brother's Head of Household). This is where Pirate Master gets good because money isn't the root of all evil for no reason. The captain takes in half the money and his two officers split a quarter of it, while the rest of the winning crew only gets two grand. The losers get nothing and, not surprisingly, they immediately start plotting a mutiny. You have to wait weeks on Survivor for this kind of action. Even with the potential for mutiny, the show was a little low on action, given its single challenge. But it's not too worrisome because shows like these are made or broken on the strength of their casting. We have - and please note the slash in this title - a whispering scientist/exotic dancer aboard. I didn't know they made tear-away lab coats. We have Louie, who loves being a "swab". While I'm sure he is a great guy, why not just cast Rupert instead of his wannabe? We have Joe Don who was immediately corrupted by the power of his captainship. We have a host, Cameron Daddo, who can say "whilst" with a straight face. We didn't get to know too many of the others, but I'm keeping my eye on Christian the Nigerian NFL player and Joy the puking receptionist. As with every show, there comes a time when you must say goodbye to the players. Pirate Court may not have been the most exciting elimination process, but it was entertaining to see how much everyone had taken the character of the show to heart. I'm talking costumes, eyeliner, fake tattoos. All that was missing was a parrot and any real sense of suspense. John the scientist/exotic dancer thought that by holding the compasses hostage he could incite a mutiny against the captain. John should have asked himself if threatening his crewmates with sailing in circles on the high seas was the best way to win votes.... Besides, why would they worry when they have a captain that can navigate his seafaring vessel with a stick in the mud? That's some trick, and John can ponder it on his raft with his $2,000 because he's been cut loose. The instant gratification is the best part of the show, especially since it's coupled with the fact that the captain and his 50% share can be overthrown. That should make for some excitement down the line. It would be nice, however, for players to have to work a little harder for their treasure. That map was so easy to read that it may as well have come with a GPS. Ease of challenges aside, Pirate Master has some good stuff in it, and I for one am looking forward to next week. show less
G'head and call me a wench because I've found my guilty pleasure for the summer. Its name is Pirate Master. Not that I ever doubted Mark Burnett, who I believe has been put on this earth to provide we reality television junkies with the best of the genre. Yes, he had some missteps with the recent Haves versus the Have-nots scenario, but we’ll not speak of that because I'm fully on board with Pirate Master. This latest foray into the unscripted series world is clearly a mish-mash of other successful reality shows wrapped in the Jolly Roger, but I'm not going to quibble because there's potential for a great show here.While the whole 16 strangers, tropical location, million-dollar prize setup may be familiar (and who are we kidding, the formula works. Why mess with it?), I have no problem with Pirate Master looting elements from other great reality shows. Here everyone is searching for Capt. Steel's treasure, which has been split up and buried in 14 different locations on Dominica... read more

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Premiered: May 31, 2007, on CBS
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Premise: Sixteen adventurers spend a month traveling the ocean blue in search of $1 million in treasure in this reality series. Elimination comes via a `Pirate's Court,' and, in each round, contestants can obtain gold coins with which to strike deals.

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