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Black Sails...Potential that deserves a second series
on 9 December 2014
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.