“The Daggers” (Season 3, Episode 4)
Whereas many viewers have been unable to ever forgive The Daggers for setting into movement the occasions that led to Captain Montgomery’s loss of life, the SotNF writers did their damnedest to offer these “pirates amongst pirates” a redemption arc within the type of Season 3, Episode 4, which retells the occasions of Season 2 from the attitude of a random member of the Blade Admiral’s crew. Whether or not or not the ambition succeeds is as much as every particular person viewer, however should you inform me that you just didn’t shed a tear when Duchess Mildred sings “Soon May the Wellerman Come,” I received’t imagine you. That this episode additionally closely options Blake (David Tennant) doesn’t harm both.
“I Was By no means Alone” (Season 4, Episode 17)
“She’s buttoned up, Cap. Let’s fly.” The episode that sees the loss of life of bespectacled badass and fan favourite character Annie (Catie Osborn) could also be a controversial one to placed on this listing, but it surely’s onerous to argue with simply how a lot this episode raised the emotional stakes of the SotNF world. Annie dies not in an epic battle, however in a double-cross gone unsuitable—a plot twist that may be a change from the supply materials and shocked e book readers. It’s a daring alternative for the present, and one that suggests any one in every of these characters may die at any time. (Hey, not less than she saves the canine!)
It’s value mentioning that Annie’s loss of life is taken into account by many as yet one more unlucky instance of the “Bury Your Gays” trope (Annie is explicitly depicted as being “pansexual” within the present, although she by no means makes use of that phrase to explain herself), although queer audiences are typically forgiving of the present’s alternative because the collection consists of so many canonically queer characters.
“With Lambent Voice” (Season 5, Episode 16)
It’s actually stunning that this present took so lengthy to do a musical episode, given how integral sky shanties are proven to be to this world and its characters from the very first episode, but when we needed to wait 5 seasons to get this tv masterpiece, then it was value it. Initially pitched within the writers’ room as a cross between Battlestar Galactica‘s “33” and Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s “As soon as Extra With Feeling,” “With Lambent Voice” sees the crew drawn in by a siren throughout a routine mission by the Marish Abyss.
The truth that all of it ends with Girl Ava deciding to depart the ship for good to dwell fortunately together with her siren bae for the remainder of her days is just not solely a intelligent and sudden subversion of siren mythology however was a landmark second within the depiction of queer characters on TV.