Episode 30: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

England is under threat of invasion, and though we be on the far side of the world, this ship is our home. This ship is England. So, it’s every hand to his rope or gun; quick’s the word and sharp’s the action. After all…surprise is on our side.

Captain Jack Aubrey, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World


We’ve joined the British Royal Navy, as we haul the lines and sail to the far side of the world in pursuit of Peter Weir’s Oscar nominated film, Master and Commander. Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany star as author Patrick O’Brian’s beloved characters, Captain Jack Aubrey and physician/naturalist Dr. Stephen Maturin, who make beautiful music together aboard HMS Surprise as they attempt to stop the French ship Acheron from bringing the Napoleonic War to Pacific waters.

Is this film action, adventure, bromance or all three combined? Exactly why do we call the bathrooms on boats “heads”? Is young Midshipman Mr. Blakeney the key to enjoying this movie? Is there more to Stephen than performing surgery on himself? Will we ever get a tune we can dance to? And could Cheryl possibly be more in her element than she is when talking about this movie? (Spoiler: the answer is no) Come along, so we can impress you as we explore this wooden world.

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