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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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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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English

Release Date:

25 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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Trivia

Chris Larkin (Berringer) and Toby Stephens (Flint) are brothers. Their parents are Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Robert Stephens. Anna-Louise Plowman (Mrs Hudson) is Toby Stephens' wife. See more »

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In the opening title sequence, one of the ivory figures holds a musket with a "spike," or epee, bayonet. Spike bayonets weren't invented until the 1880s, far outside the scope of the Age of Piracy and the series. See more »

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1 May 2017 | by fung0See all my reviews

It's impossible to over-rate this series. Black Sails is pirates done right, at last, putting to shame all other video renditions (especially the over-the-top Disney fantasies).

A few comparisons are in order. For example, Black Sails is highly reminiscent of the series Deadwood: both are dark, violent and based loosely on real people and real events. (In both series, some of the most unbelievable events are the true ones.) There are also similarities to the series Rome, as far as the strong characters, ongoing rivalries, and evocative period detail. But Black Sails out-does these predecessors in several ways.

First, the characters are, without exception, brilliant. Captain Flint, Jack Rackham, Anne Bonny, John Silver, Charles Vane - these personalities are truly memorable. Larger than life, yet always credible, always consistent. You probably won't recognize the actors, but they *will* make you forget Errol Flynn and Johnny Depp.

Second, the dialog is amazingly literate, almost Shakespearean. Without seeming artificial. Characters constantly engage in deep, intense discussions that are often more engrossing than the ship-board action.

Third, the intertwining tensions and plot-lines are maintained with absolute logic throughout all four seasons. We see winners, losers and casualties, all utterly believable within the bounds of the show. Power ebbs and flows among the various factions, and the conflicts always feel real.

Fourth, the ending is one of the most satisfying I've seen for any multi-season dramatic series. Everything comes together, as if you'd been watching a single, very long movie. What's more, despite the deaths, the violence, the many defeats that end this story, the series wraps up on an upbeat note and leaves the audience with a big grin.

As a bonus, the historical underpinnings are used cleverly. The show isn't constrained by the facts - it expands on them in a way that's both plausible and enthralling. Black Sails seamlessly blends history and myth, and even finds time to comment on the way they interact.

The staging is impressive, by any standard. The naval battles are believable, and depicted on a grand scale. The inevitable computer graphics look real enough to keep viewers immersed. The hot Caribbean sun permeates every frame of the series.

In short, Black Sails is one of the most thoroughly enjoyable dramatic series ever. It's great adventure, great drama, and by far the best screen representation of the great days of nautical piracy. This is one series you don't want to miss.


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