Black Sails: Season 1, Episode 8

VIII. (15 Mar. 2014)

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Silver gives Flint the last details of the schedule with the location of the ship. Eleanor's situation changes when the supply ships get sunk in the bay. Meanwhile with Mutiny rising up aboard the Walrus, Gates makes a vital decision.



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Silver's course clues actually lead to the Spanish gold galleon and its heavily armed escort's rendezvous island, but Gates tells Flint reckoning for his secret betrayals must follow the capture. Flint kills Gates, but Drefresne openly utters the accusations during the already dangerous canons fight, which thus is lost. The pirates are sunk and marooned, but a storm also wrecks the Spaniard. On Nassau, captain Vance and the wretched men he won from his former orphans 'foster father' in a deadly duel take the fort by surprise. Rather then risk a destructive battle, Eleanor agrees to ally herself with him, after having estranged several captain by intending to cut out her father completely. Written by KGF Vissers

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Boobs and dicks and some plot, too
16 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When the first season of Black Sails began, I wasn't all that impressed. Sure, there were boobs and bushes aplenty with a fair amount of wit but the whole pirate treasure set up was incredibly underwhelming and it didn't help that it felt like we were stuck at Nassau for years. It wasn't until the last 3 episodes that the show actually picked up and the characters (other than Flint) started becoming developed. This is possibly due to how many characters were killed off; if finally felt like we weren't bouncing around from person to person aimlessly.

As far as what remained consistently good throughout the season, Hannah New's performance as Madame Guthrie is the standout of the season. From her introduction to her last scene, she was a believable tyrant of commerce and it completely believable that all on the islands would fear and resent her. She is also the character with the most significant changes this season. Vane, too, was enjoyable the times he was actually around, although Zach McGowan will always be Jodi to me.

It is strange that this show began airing not long after Black Flag came out. Featuring many of the same characters, it has been interesting to see which portrayals I prefer more. Even though ACIV has more likable portrayals of Anne Bonny and Vane, I like Black Sails' more hostile takes as well. And this version of Jack Rackham is infinitely better (I can actually believe Bonny would want anything to do with him).

I hope with next season, the writers pick up the pace with the narrative. The boobs and dicks are fun to watch and all, but they aren't a good way to distract the audience from a narrative that is stalling out.

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