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Black Sails 

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Follows Captain Flint and his pirates twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel "Treasure Island."
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Toby Stephens ...  Captain Flint 38 episodes, 2014-2017
Luke Arnold ...  John Silver 38 episodes, 2014-2017
Toby Schmitz ...  Rackham 37 episodes, 2014-2017
Hannah New ...  Eleanor Guthrie 36 episodes, 2014-2017
Jessica Parker Kennedy ...  Max 36 episodes, 2014-2017
Clara Paget ...  Anne Bonny 35 episodes, 2014-2017
Winston Chong Winston Chong ...  Joji 35 episodes, 2014-2017
Tom Hopper ...  Billy Bones 34 episodes, 2014-2017
Andre Jacobs ...  De Groot 31 episodes, 2014-2017
Zach McGowan ...  Captain Charles Vane 28 episodes, 2014-2016
Lise Slabber ...  Idelle 27 episodes, 2014-2017
Laudo Liebenberg Laudo Liebenberg ...  Dooley 27 episodes, 2015-2017
Craig Jackson Craig Jackson ...  Featherstone 24 episodes, 2015-2017
Hakeem Kae-Kazim ...  Mr. Scott 23 episodes, 2014-2016
Patrick Lyster ...  Captain Benjamin Hornigold 22 episodes, 2014-2016
Luke Roberts ...  Woodes Rogers 20 episodes, 2016-2017
Louise Barnes ...  Miranda Barlow 19 episodes, 2014-2016
Zethu Dlomo ...  Madi 17 episodes, 2016-2017
Lawrence Joffe Lawrence Joffe ...  Randall 16 episodes, 2014-2015
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Storyline

A prequel to the (fictional) events of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island". The series centres on a group of pirates operating out of Nassau in the Bahamas. We meet characters from history - Captain Charles Vane, Governor Woodes Rogers, Jack Rackham and Anne Bonny - plus characters from fiction - Captain Flint and, of course, Long John Silver. Written by grantss

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South Africa | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Sails See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This show has a lot of actors cast as lords and ladies. But the cast actually has a real one. Clara Paget's birth name, is Lady Clara Elizabeth Iris Paget. Her father is Charles Paget, 8th Marquess of Anglesey. See more »

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The information about socket bayonets is completely wrong. They were invented circa 1690, they were used at Waterloo and were certainly universal by 1880. See more »

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Best New Show of the Season
1 April 2014 | by illamental11See all my reviews

Really loving this show, I was pretty much hooked from the first opening sequence (superb cgi from ImaginaryForces & music by Bear McCreary)! Been waiting for a serious pirate drama that isn't based on comedy; because there really wasn't much to laugh about naval battles in the 1700's!

The Detail & Realism of Black Sails is amazing, and draws the viewer into the world; especially with the Ships(believe they actually built the main one, possibly more), Nassau(Starz seems to always fill their shows with hundreds & hundreds of extras), and the Costumes. Also like that they used real characters from history (Capt. Vane, Hornigold, Anne Boney, etc.), and I'm curious how the Treasure Island characters will play into it.

The plot is very smart and a lot more complex then I first thought, and story is probably the most important ingredient to any series. Have read a few people here saying that the story is clumsy or convoluted, but it must be too complicated for them, because everything fits together nicely with quite a few major surprises.

My biggest disappointment is the short, 8-Episode, season. Although many British shows like Luther and The Fall are even shorter, I really wanted more with this one. It wasn't until I checked IMDb that I even knew it was over!

But the bottom line is that I highly recommend this show to pretty much everyone... I'm just waiting for more and will back at the start of season two for sure!


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