Black Sails Review Episode (1×01) – “I”

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Starz’ New Pirate Drama Black Sails Gets Off to a Slow Start

This week, Starz’ long-awaited new series Black Sails debuted after much fanfare and hype. The pirate drama is set in 1715 and contains many characters from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island as well as real historical figures. At the heart series is Capt. Flint (Toby Stephens) who’s in danger of losing his position as captain to one of his crewmen, Singleton, thanks to the recent lack of profits. He and his crew arrive at the former British colony of New  Providence Island in Nassau, which is now a lawless territory controlled by pirates. Richard Guthrie is a man who set himself up as governor of the island, and he allowed his daughter Eleanor (Hannah New) to control what trade comes in and out of this part of the New World. Along for the ride is John Silver (Luke Arnold), a man who from the onset is a mystery. The only thing we know about him is that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to survive. Aside from Flint’s crew and Silver, we also meet Capt. Vane (Zach McGowan) and his motley crew, and Richard Guthries’s beautiful daughter, Eleanor. Over the course of the episode we discover that Vane and Eleanor had some sort of romantic relationship and she’s currently involved with a local prostitute named Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy). (More…)

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