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History of Westeros • View topic - Black Sails

Black Sails

There's other television besides Game of Thrones, right?

Black Sails

Postby SerKnute » Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:46 am

Does anyone else watch this series on Starz?

I caught it last year and started watching and I really like it. Season two just ended so now we're waiting until next year.

It's a story about the pirates of Nassau and centers on a former Lieutenant in Her Majesty's Royal Navy named James McGraw who goes by the pirate name: Captain Flint. Although it does contain a lot of characters from Treasure Island I don't think the show follows the exact plot of the book.

I don't want to go into much detail right off the bat for people who haven't seen it but would be interested in talking shop about the series if anyone's interested.
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Re: Black Sails

Postby Azizal » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:29 am

Sean and I love the show. We're thinking of re-watching it after the big reveal in S2. So many things made sense that were either confusing or seemingly "off" before all that. Major perspective shift, followed by a great run of episodes to close out the season.

I have spoken to a lot of people who gave up on the show because of its weak start: it was full of silly sex and violence and didn't seem to be going anywhere. But around episode 5 it got good and stayed good. They got rid of all the gratuitous silliness and the plot became focused. The show has a great combination of tension and dilemma, i.e a lot of characters get put in really tough spots with regards to loyalty, greed and their own safety. There is a lot of character development, clever scheming, intrigue, and the filming itself is quite good. The show doesn't rely on action, and does a solid job with the action scenes it does have.

As you say, it is loosely based off of a combination of Treasure Island and real history, plus their own creativity.

P.S. Really looking forward to Ray Stevenson as Blackbeard in Season 3.
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Re: Black Sails

Postby SerKnute » Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:59 am

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Re: Black Sails

Postby LawHawk » Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:38 am

Twice I have started a season of Black Sails, twice I have almost lost interest in it 3/4 of the way through the season, and twice I have been so happy with the finale that I'm committing to another season.

Putting this next part in spoiler text in case folks haven't heard about the casting of a new character for next season...
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Re: Black Sails

Postby LawHawk » Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:47 am

One more thing... can we talk about that action sequence in the finale? I was blown away. Once again, spoiler text in case anyone is going to watch it but hasn't yet...

Okay, I lied, one more thing...

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Re: Black Sails

Postby SerKnute » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:56 am

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