Black Sails 3 Seasons 2014

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Season 1
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After a run of short hauls, the once powerful Captain Flint faces mutiny by his own crew. John Silver joins Flint's pirate ship, hiding something of great value from his captain.

Starring:
Toby Stephens,Hannah New
Runtime:
1 hour, 4 minutes

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure
Director Neil Marshall
Starring Toby Stephens, Hannah New
Supporting actors Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper, Zach McGowan, Toby Schmitz, Clara Paget
Network Starz
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Naomi_B on 9 Dec. 2014
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Black Sails does require effort to get past the first two episodes as it gathers pace and introduces us to the characters. Having fictional characters from literature aswell as genuine pirates such as Anne Bonny and Charles Vane, we get a good mix of history and creative license. The character of John Silver here quite annoyed me at first but he grows into a lovable rogue of sorts offering much of the smile inducing moments alongside the intriguing Randell. Toby Stephens as Captain Flint and Zach McGowan as Charles Vane give us the better acting in the piece although I do love the portrayal of Toby Schmitz as Jack Rackham and Clara Paget as Anne Bonny. I don't really mind the little action on the seas, I know as a pirate show we come to expect a lot of battles at sea rather than the politcal aspects on the pirate island but I quite like how this offers us an insight into the wheeling and dealing beyond the sea life. However and one of my main grating points of the series is of the main character Eleanor Guthrie, I can't help but see a spoilt Elizabeth Swan trying to lord her superiority over everyone who stands in her way. Her character lacks intrigue and Anne Bonny aswell as Miranda Barlow offer much better equals to their fellow man here. I will definitely give the second series a go as I think it is still an enjoyable series, just not one that at the moment offers much in the way of repeat value viewing. I would also say that as there is very little blood and guts throughout the series that if they did away with the sex as it offers very little captivation that perhaps they could get a 15 certificate rating and attract a broader range of viewers or go the other way and utilise the 18 certificate much in the way Game of Thrones and Vikings and offer more of a blooded sexed up rampage on the seas.
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84 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 April 2014
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Well everything you heard was true this is just rollicking good fun. Designed to be a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's `Treasure Island' this show takes real pirates and some fictional ones and throws them into a bawdy mix of greed, lust, jealousy, violence and pirate folklore. Real pirates include Anne Bonny, Charles Vane and Benjamin Hornigold - their real stories are explosive enough but this adds to the fun.

The plot is centred around the pirate stronghold of New Providence Island, where Captain Flint is trying to broaden his power base by biting off more than he can chew by capturing the prize of the biggest Spanish Galleon `Urca de Lima'. The island is run by the daughter of the corrupt governor and she has a taste for power, money, men and yes ladies too! We also have John Silver and a more sly opportunist would be hard to come across even on such a lawless island.

Then there is the Royal Navy, the shenanigans of the local brothel and bawdy house, double deals a-plenty and more swashes than you could buckle in a life time (probably). This is a full grown up `Pirates of the Caribbean' with all the filth and bedroom action thrown in to make it both believable and modern enough to cater for a spoilt twenty first century palate.

The actors are all universally brilliant as are the sets and attention to detail. It is hard to single out any for individual praise but here goes; Toby Stephens as Flint and Toby Schmitz as the wonderful rake Rackham are just excellent. We all know this has gone down so well that a second ten episode run is already in the pipeline and if that is not enough to shiver your timbers then you are truly hard to please - absolutely ruddy excellent.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Eclectus on 18 April 2014
Well acted, great locations, camera work and atmosphere. Hampered by an inconsistent script, that is at times clumsy, and at others delightful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sladder on 12 April 2015
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Having watched 4 episodes, I now realise this is more of a turgid soap than a tale of swashbuckling adventure. Eleanor is like some naughty head girl who's learnt some rude words - in fact it was her first appearance that instilled some doubts in the series for me and the sex scenes, hers especially, just feel gratuitous. The on board scenes have been better although throughout, as another reviewer has intimated, the language too modern to ring true. They'll be texting next. I am also impressed by the skill of the 18th century cosmetic dentist, which is so apparent in the main characters - lesser characters have clearly been drinking too much Coke. I'm a bit bored with being landlocked and yearn for some action on the high seas - I can only agree with Nelson at this point when he said "I see no ships". Episode 1 and the pirate attack was excellent - well filmed and atmospheric so I know it can be done. I will continue the journey, though. However bad this gets, it can never be as bad a trip round Brixham Bay I once endured - that WAS a nightmare!!!

UPDATE 18/4/15 - From 2 stars to 4 stars
Since my last, rather scathing review, I have stuck with it and have to say that over the final two episodes my view changed significantly. It was a fantastic finale with, again, brilliant action sequences involving the ships. I could absolutely feel the fear when the Man o' War turned and opened its gun ports. Some really unexpected moments, nay shocks. Watched Ep 1 of season 2 and no let up there either although the swearing, ladybump, ladyhump and lesbian count continues, warranting the 18 rating. P.S. could someone give Charles Vane a Strepsil?
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