Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"So Typical of Teague!"

So since I was talking about fathers yesterday, I thought I would return to my discussion about Jack's father, Edward Teague. You see, they have ever had a very good relationship. I don't think piracy lends itself to a good father-son relationship. Jack always believes that Teague is trying to embarrass him or get him in trouble. Teague gets really mad that Jack is spending a lot of time with Lady Esmeralda because he thinks that she's too good for him. Such great confidence and pride in his son. Then, when they are hold a trial on whether Borya is the rogue pirate or not, Jack gets even angrier. You see, everything has to be attested for in a trial. Even before Teague says anything. Jack knows what he will say. "He'd do anything he could to make me look bad in Esmeralda's eyes. He bloody well knows who I was with! She came to get him last night!" He thinks to himself. He could never say that during a trial of course. Teague: "Can anyone confirm what you reported regarding finding Tommy's body?" Jack: "Yes. Melinda was with me when I found the body." Jack is embarrassed because he does not want to make Esmeralda mad that he was with this other woman. But he ends up having to admit that to her and the rest of the Brethren Court. She then has to stand up and confirm that she too saw One-Tooth-Tommy's dead body in the water. Melinda: "Jacky found the body floatin' just as he says he did. Horrible sight, it were." But Esmeralda is cool like that so she does not really mind. She's all too used to the life of piracy, as she is one and later becomes a pirate lord herself.
But Jack is still skeptical of Teague. When he finds out that his friend Christophe has also been accused rogue piracy, he gets incredibly mad and blames the injustice of Teague. Esmeralda: "I agree. Christophe should have the right to explain himself. It's not right for Teague to sentence him to hang, based on just the word of a condemned man who gave him up rather than be tortured." Jack snaps there. Jack: "So typical of Teague! Esmeralda, I can't count the number of times he's condemned me, when I wasn't the one to blame. And this time it means a man's life. To hang a man because he's accused by a known liar, captains a brigantine, and owns a turquoise coat-that's no kind of justice. . . Christophe should be allowed to face his accusers. Even Davy Jones, if necessary. Give him the chance to defend himself. Condemning him to hang without an inquiry isn't right." Fifth, sixth, and eighth amendment right there. Of course, this was years before. You would think that Teague, being the keeper of the Code and all, wouldn't agree to an unfair hanging.
So Jack takes the liberty in freeing Christophe himself. And then he realizes that Christophe was, in fact, guilty. A little too late now. That's why Jack must leave the world of piracy because he now is deserving of the Same death as Borya, Christophe, and their crews. And Jack just has a feeling that Teague cannot wait to see this "justice" carried out. So he flees, and five years later meets Beckett. Which you could say just causes even more problems. How many people do you think wants Jack hung? Certainly not me or you!

Monday, April 29, 2013

"But Pirate Is In Your Blood, Boy"

I have just concluded that there are a lot of similarities between Jack, Elizabeth, Will, and Angelica, besides the obvious being that they are all pirates.  Firstly,  all of them no longer have living mothers.  Well, we aren'ts rue about Angelica but it seems to be the case.  Something happened to Jack's mother that has to do with his father.  Apparently he wears her head around his neck.  I don't even want to know.  Elizabeth's died somewhere out at sea.  Will's mother died when he was youngh, sending him off to find his father.  That brings me to my second point: all of them have fathers that appear in the movies.  We've got Will's dad who comes in in the second movie.  He's part of the crew of the Flying Dutchman.  Jack's father is in the third and fourth movie.  
He lives in Shipwreck City as keeper of the Code.  Jack more or less grew up with him there.  He somehow arrives in London just about the same time Jack does a few years later. Pretty lucky.  But then again, I wonder if he actually was there because he seemed to disappear all too quickly.  Then we've got Angelica's father who just so happens to be one of the most infamous pirates of all time: Blackbeard.  He's the captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge.  Now Elizabeth's father is the odd one out, because he's the only father who isn't a pirate.  In fact, he's almost the polar opposite of one: he's a governor!  For the longest time, he despises pirates, then of course his daughter becomes one and things sort of change.  She's the only one of them who doesn't come from pirate lineage, yet she ends up being the king of them!  
I'd also like to point out, that Will, Jack, Elizabeth, and Angelica are all rather good looking, at least compared to their parents.  Like, where did their genes come from.  For example, I think Jack is probably the most attractive person on the planet, but I definately could not say the same thing for his father.  I'm just not really feeling the dreds on him.  Jack is the only one of them who doesn't seem to care all that much about his father.  Perhaps if you've read the Jack Sparrow series by Robb Kidd and published by Disney, you would know the back story of this.  But I haven't though I have read The Price of Freedom which explains that Jack did most of raising himself on his own.  
And he's pretty bitter towards Teague.  I would also like to point out that Blackbeard's real name is Edward Teach, and the Keeper of the Code's name is Edward Teague.  Pretty similar.  I am seeing just way too many of these similarities between the family lines.  As for the other characters, I don't think we get much about their families.  In the Price of Freedom we read about Beckett's early lie though.  His family was really mean to him, but I mean, I can see why.  That dude's a pain in the boat.  But there isn't much to say about Gibbs' parents or Barbossa's.  
Of course, Barbossa is older than the four of them, so it would be doubtful that his father would still be alive, especially during the eighteenth century.  But Barbossa is just such a pirate, it has to be in his blood.  My guess is that he grew up a pirate because one of his parents was a pirate also.  Pintel and Ragetti are related though.  Pintel is Ragetti's uncle, so I guess piracy runs in their family.  Do you think that Will's son will become a pirate?  Oh man, I can just see that becoming a movie!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

"What Shall We Die For?"

In a post not to long ago I talked about how one of my favorite scenes of the whole movie was when the Black Pearl charges into battle agains the Flying Dutchman at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.  One of them ain reasons I love this scene is the super epic music, titled "What Shall We Die For" and "I Don't Think Now Is The Best Time".  Now I'm going to discuss the cirumstances leading up to that scene.  So, we've got Beckett ,who is supported the East India Trading Company, and who wants to end piracy throughout the world once and for all.  He is attempting to accomplish this goal with the help of a pirate, Davy JOnes, (rather confusing).  Jones isn't helping him because he wants to though.  Jones is too heartless (figuratively and literally) to do such a thing.  He has to because Beckett has his heart and therefor controls the Dutchman.  
Pretty scary.  So all the pirate lords throughout the world team up against him.  They agree to hold a meeting at Shipwreck Cove, where all the Brethren Court councils have alwasy been held.  Of course, if Beckett wants to eliminate piracy throughout the world, it would be a lot easier to do so if he could just get all the piarates together and kill them at the same time.  Of course, he'd need quite a fleet but it would still be a lot easier to do than hunting down every single pirate and killing them seprately.  So the meeting at the Brethren Court provides the perfect opportunity.  But like most pirate locations in the pirate world, it's hidden and hard to find unless you know where it is.  So it's actually Will Turner who leads Beckett to the secret meeting in hopes that it will somehow gain freedom for his father.  
Meanwihle, back at the actually meeting, one of the pirate lords can think of a solution as to what to do about the grwoing threat.  They only become more frantically confused when they were that the EITC armada is actually outside the city waiting to destroy them  Jack and Elizabeth try to get them all to fight.  Eventually, Jack elects Elizabeth "king" of the Brethren court, so she declares war on the armada.  They brace themselves for war and sail out to face thier enemes.  However, the armada is a bit bigger than any of them expected, so they try to negotiate something instead.  They call a parlay between Bekcett, Jones, Will, Jack, Barbossa, and Elizabeth.  this parlay doens't accomplish much though accept that Jack returns with Beckett and Jones while Will goes back to the pirates with Elizabeth and Barbossa.  I'm not so sure why they dida ll that for a little trade, because in the end, King Elizaeth just resolves to fighting the huge armada anyways.  
Barbossa tries one little trtick before plunging into war though.  He releases the sea goddess, Calypso, who was trapped in her earthly form as Tia Dalma.  Since it was originally Jones who told the Brethren how to trap her in the first place, Barbbossa hoped that she would help them out in defeating him.  But it doesn't look so favorabel for them, so a lot of the pirates begin to loose hope.  They want to be cowards and just surrender before any of them die.  However, Elizabeth won't let this happen.  She conducts this pretty impressive and pursuasive speech to give them the encouragement to fight. That's when "What Shall We Die For" plays.  
It's so epic because all the pirates of all around the world get worked up and agree to take down this armada.  It's pretty scary: to have hundreds of pirates chanting and going after you.  So despite the odds being incredicly against them, the Black Pearl, captained by Barbossa at the moment, leads the Brethren court into battle.  

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"You Have Been Monstrously Deceived"

Unelss I am mistaken, I'm not sure if we ever really know what Jack beleives about Blackbeard.   Obviously, once he actually sees Blackbeard and all of his wrath, he understands that he is in fact the leader of the ship they are on.  However, he has some doubts up to that point that are rather hard to follow, but Jack has always been kind of like that.  You never really know what's going on in that noggin of his.  When he waks up on the Queen Anne's Revenge, it's Scrum, a fellow crew member, who informs  him of the ship that he is now working on.  Scrum:  "'Scuse me, Captain Sparrow, sir. I be right honored to welcome you aboard our world-renowned vessel of infamy—Queen Anne's Revenge." Jack, being a pirate from the inside out, and being any sailor really during that time period, knows what infamous captain sails the Queen Anne's Revenge.  
He gives Scrum this super scary and strange face.  The camera zooms in on his face as he growls: "Blackbeard."  But then he seems to be rather confused about the whole thing, especially when it comes to his relationship with Angelica.  Is he or isn't he his daughter?  Angelica: "Long-lost.  Recently found.  Who loves her dear papa with all her soul."  She gives hikm this cutesy little shrug.  It's too innocent that you think she's lying.  Jack: "He bought that?"  Angelica: "I sold that."  But he still hasn't actually seen the captain out on deck yet.  So Jack calls a super top secret meeting with all the other men to discuss this supposedly ruthless captain of theirs.  In a deleted scene (which you should totally search up and watch on YouTube), it shows Jack spreading the news throughout the crew.  They all wisper "tonight" to eachother.  
Eventually, a crew member goes to Jack and wispers "tonight", which is ironic because it was Jack who started it all in the first place!  Jack: "Onto it then!  Blackbeard.  What are his habits?"  Scrum: "Stays mostly to his cabin."  Everyone mumbles their agreement.   Jack: "Yes, but when he comes out . . ."  Crew member: "He don't really come out."  More concurring mumbling.  Jack: "He has to come out sometime?"  The same response from everyone: he doesn't come out.  Jack: "Any of you sail with him before?"  No's echo throughout the group.  Jack is getting pretty impatient: "Any of you seen him before."  Crew: "Not really, no."  Jack: "Stays to his cabin, no one sailed with him, no one's seen him . . . Good news, gentlemen!  This is not Blackbeard's ship.  This is no the Queen Anne's Revenge."  Now, does Jack really bleive what he is saying?  Does he actually think that the whole Blackbeard thing is just Angelica's hoax?  Scrum: "No, this be the Queen Anne's Revenge, right enough."  Jack: "How do you know?"  
Scrum: "I've seen the name, on the back of the ship."  Scrum is not the smartest of Jack's companions.  He's rather gullible.  Jack: "Gentlemen, sirs, fellow conscriptees. . . you have been monstrously deceived."  Crew member: "We are decepted then?"  Jack just gives him a disapointed look and rolls his eyes. Jack: "Yes."  He then scares them with tales of the Fountain of Youth and gets them to rise  up against Angelica and her zombie crew so that they can actually sail under Captian Jack Sparrow, which they were promised to in the beginning.  Jack: "Unless, we take the ship."  Scrum jumps right onto that.  He stands up, staps his sword into the table, and screams: "WE TAKE THE SHIP, THEN.  NOW!"  Jack just looks at him like he's crazy.  Scrum runs off.  
Jack looks at everyon else, and then shoes them away: "Go on, then."  They grabs swords, wake up the other crew members, and storm out of there. Although it was Jack's idea, it doesn't seem like he's to fast to get out there and fight.  He does take down some zombies, but I don't think he ever doubted whether Blackbeard was on the ship or not.  He planned to just use this mutiny as a way to find out: to actually get Blackbeard off his lazy but and discuss the Fountain with him.  Clever, huh?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"He's A Pirate"

As if running a blog about the The Pirates of the Caribbean weren't nerdy enough, I now listen to the sound track music!  It's actually loads of fun!  Play it anywhere you go and you feel like you are actually in the movies.  Right now, I only have the soundtracks to Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and At Worlds End.  I have listened to the whole album thuroughly and I will get the other two albums, or at least some of the songs soon.  The first sound track has fifteen songs, some of which are as short as a minute and half or up to almost five minutes.  The At Worlds End soundtrack has more of a variety. While it's only thirteen songs, the shortest is a minute and a half and the longest is almost eleven minutes!  And yes, I have to admit I've listened to them all.  DOn't judge until you've actually listened to them, because they are really cool!  So you should really buy them.  
I don't know how many of you actually buy your songs legally off iTunes or wherever like I do, but if you are a punk and dowload them illgally, you should really make an excpetion for this.  This stuff is really worth paying money for.  Plus, wouldn't you agree the people who make the Pirates of the Caribbean deserve it?  Just buy the whole album and you'll save money like I did!  Now, since I haven't listened to all of the music just yet, it would be rather dificult for me to tell you which songs are my favorite.  So an official favorite list will be posted later, but in the mean time I'll share with you which songs have stood out to me.  The cool thing about the soundtracks is that you hear certain parts and you can just totally tell where in the movie it comes from.  When you've seen the movies as many times as I have (which is doubtful unless you run a blog too, in which case you should totally share about with me), you can almost quote the scene!  
For example, the first song of the first soundtrack is called "Fog Bound".  There is a part where you can totally just imagine Elizabeth looking through the fog and seeing the Black Pearl and finding Will's body.  Also, the next song, "The Medallion Calls" which I am actually listening to right now, there is a certain part where you just know that the gret Captain Jack Sparrow is sailing triumphantly in his little row boat.  The music is so magnetic and admittedly epic because it just sounds like Jack!  Then the tone completely shifts to a solemn yet honorable tone when Jack sails by the hanged pirates and lowers his hat in honor.  Don't beleive me? Then listen for it yourself.  Also, throughout the soundtrack you hear the super dramatic music that is usually played during some dramatic scene between Will and Elizabeth.  There is also the super classic just epically awesome music that plays during the credits.  It's kind of like the theme song.  If you were to recongize any of the music, it would be this one.  It's called "He's A Pirate".  It is one of my favorite just because it is so energetic and happy.  Whenever I hear it I think of all of Jack's totally epic sword fights.  Okay, now we are jumping to the third movie soundtrack.  
It's not that I didn't like the second, but the msuic didn't strike me as as epic as the first and third.  It's starts out with "Hoist the Colors".  If you weren't aware, that's the name of the song that the prisoners who are about to be executed sing in the very opening song.  It starts out with the little kid singing and then they all join in until they hang.  It's a bit creepy because it actually has words.  The little kid on death row is singing, and you here the rattling of their chains.  Pretty intense.  Then there is "Singapore", which doens't have any words, but you can still just tell right away that they are in Singapore (even if you didn't read the name of the song).  I actually like this soundtrack more than the first.  If you've read some of my other posts regrading the Parlay scene later in the movie, you'd know about what I think of the music that plays when Jack, Will, Elizabeth, Beckett, Jones, and Barbossa all walk along the side bank: It's like rock music!  That's in the song "Parlay", which cracks me up every time.  Two songs later is "What Shall We Die For" is my all time favorite.  It's during the time when Elizabeth presents her speech to the Brethren Court and they all join together.  It is actually so epic.  You can hear all the pirates cheering in unison and you just know that they are going to kill it.  I must admit, certain parts give me chills, that's how nerdy I am.  The song after it is also pretty epic, "I Don't Think Now's the Best Time".  It's while they are fighting my favorite battle!  Now go buy the soundtracks if you haven't already and report back to here with your opinions?  Am I a nerd? Am I correct?  Am I both?