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Black Sails 3 Seasons 2014

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Season 1
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4.1 out of 5 stars (421) IMDb 8.2/10

The highly anticipated pirate adventure, BLACK SAILS, centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his notorious crew fighting for the survival of New Providence Island.

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Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold

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Season 1
1. I

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.

AGES-18-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 1 hour, 4 minutes Release date: 4 April 2014
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2. II

Flint unmasks a thief on his crew. Rackham chases a score over Vane's objection. Silver hides with Max in the brothel. Eleanor faces an impossible choice.

AGES-18-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: 4 April 2014
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3. III

Flint and Gates seek a partner to hunt the Urca d'Lima. Silver helps Billy with a morale problem. Vane impresses Eleanor by being reasonable. Gates gets a promotion.

AGES-18-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: 4 April 2014
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4. IV

The Walrus crew's venture ends in disaster. Silver warns Flint about Billy. Rackham and Bonny try to regain their livelihood. Eleanor seeks her father's help. Vane's past pays a visit.

AGES-18-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: 4 April 2014
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5. V

Flint and the Walrus crew play a deadly chess match on the open sea. Richard forces Eleanor's hand. Rackham makes a career change. Bonny confesses to Max.

AGES-18-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: 4 April 2014
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6. VI

The costs of chasing the Andromache continue to mount. Eleanor needs Silver's help. Billy wants Gates to confront Flint. Bonny takes a stand.

AGES-18-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: 4 April 2014
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7. VII

Flint tells Gates the truth. Randall puts Silver in a bind. Eleanor suffers a loss. Max comes to Rackham's aid. Vane enters the fight of his life.

AGES-18-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: 4 April 2014
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8. VIII

The hunt for the Urca is on. Everything changes for Eleanor. Bonny and Rackham's sins come back to haunt them.

AGES-18-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: 4 April 2014
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The Pirates of New Providence Island threaten maritime trade in the region. The laws of every civilized nation declare them hostis humani generis. Enemies of all mankind. In response, the pirates adhere to a doctrine of their own... war against the world.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 1 minute Release date: 31 March 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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I've been following the US response to this new Pirate drama the reaction has been generally good, so it's great to see Amazon investing in it. As with many modern historical dramas compromises with accuracy have been made, the characters have a contemporary edge in keeping with the needs of a modern audience but performances are uniformly excellent. Toby Stephens is not an actor I particularly enjoy but he makes a compelling Captain Flint and Mark Ryan as his Quartermaster Gates is a worthy support.
In tone and language the series is reminiscent of Deadwood, with its portrayal of real historical figures alongside fictional characters and it forms a prequel to Treasure Island . The production design is top notch and Bear McCreary has provided a score worthy of mention. There is some potentially gratuitous sex, nudity and language in keeping with the current trend but I can accept that. The portrayal of conflict at sea is impressive and the many ships of the era are beautifully rendered and the Pirate nation rings true as does the democratic nature of Pirate politics. Altogether Black Sails is an exciting and compelling story crafted with flair and I hope it runs and runs.
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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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I admit that I did not have tremendously high hopes for Black Sails when I first started watching. The series featuring on a lesser known cable network, the involvement of Michael Bay, and some rather clunky/cringeworthy dialogue in the first couple of episodes would not have led me to expect the sheer level of quality in acting, writing and production, along with bold choices to avoid typical pirate cliches and have richly drawn, morally ambiguous characters.

While the show doesn't pretend to be a documentary, its depiction of piracy is the most in depth and thoughtful I have ever seen. Piracy is not just a backdrop for a generic story, but an integral engine of the plot, both in the large scale relationship of pirates in the new world with the colonial empires of the old- and in the day to day business of piracy, the politics, the losses and profits, the personality clashes.

This is a story of piracy where the outcome of an upcoming vote is as important an upcoming battle, where loyalties are divided and motivations uncertain. The show strikes a great balance between the idealism of pirates living free under their own rules, with the less shining reality of human nature, of pride, selfishness and dishonesty. There are few true heroes or villains, just flawed human beings trying to do what they think is right.

The pace of the show is much slower and deliberate than one might be mistaken for thinking after the flurry of sex and violence of the first episode. While this may put off some casual viewers, the show is much richer for it, and constantly builds the story for tremendous pay off both in this season and the next.
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