Black Sails
Black Sails
TV-MA | 25 January 2014 (USA)
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    Best movie ever!

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    Absolutely the worst movie.

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    This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.

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    Lucia Ayala

    It's simply great fun, a winsome film and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.

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    It's one of the greatest shows. Toby Stephens as Captain Flint/James McGraw is just absolutely BRILLIANT. Don't be put off by the first episode and all the sex. The show has much, much more to offer than just sex and nudity. If you love a good story, clever dialogue, great acting, beautiful music whatch it already. You will not be dissapointed. Oh, the music alone is just...

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    They invented 'unbury your gays'. I have literally never been so surprised or pleased to find out that the main lead was bisexual and had a male lover. You could have knocked me down with a feather. This being a hyper-masculine show, I had (quite wrongly) just assumed that they would keep all the male leads straight and perhaps have non-straight side actors, if that. How wrong could I be. I couldn't be more proud of their bravery against a potentially partially homophobic audience in making Flint bisexual. It was so refreshing in a modern show to have a man not be defined by his non-straightness as it were, but to have it be a non-issue to everyone else in the show, as it should be in real life. Starz are exceptional at pulling this off, if you like Black Sails, you should watch Spartacus. I have honestly never been happier with the ending of a series. It was just the perfect ending to such a superb series, in my opinion, congratulations to one and all involved.

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    The only reason why I didn't warch this sooner is entirely due to seeing Michael Bay's name on the producer's credit, to which is certainly an unfair but not entirely unreasonable prejudice on my part. Simply put, Black Sails far exceed my hopes and expectations, rekindling the long forgotten promise of danger, treasure and adventure. To say Black Sails is a fictional prequel to Treasure Island does not do it justice. Black Sails showcases the golden age of pirates in all it's brutal, untinted glory.Robert Levine and John Steinberg manages to craft a compelling and believable account of the pirates of this caribbean, slowly revealing the motivations of each of the players, the depths they are willing to go to to achieve it, the price they pay for the path they have chosen. Toby Stephens is impeccable as James Flint, the troubled Captain of the most notorious pirate crew in Nassau. Special commendation must also be given to Zach McGowan and Luke Arnold. McGowan as the brutal and ruthless Captain Charles Vane who being an American, his British accent and deep rumbling voice really makes the character menacing. Arnold plays John Silver, as in, the Long John Silver, with some panache, charm and skill. Other notable players include Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie, the crafty madam boss of Nassau, Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max, the clever madam whore whose seduces her way to the top, and Tom Hooper as the loyal imposing Billy Bones. Aye, the golden age of pirates is here

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    This show could have been absolutely fantastic. And actually some of it is... especially seasons 2 and 3. But then they stall alot with conversations that have no real importance or meaning, and dont really seem to add anything to the characters. At the start, this is intriguing, to get a sense of the world, but as the series progress, I really started losing patience with all these stalling, undramatic conversations. And once we reach season 4, they really seem to struggle to prolong the drama, and characters start making decisions, which do not seem logical to their siturations and temper, in order to keep the drama going. The show becomes increasingly uninteresting and the drama lacks flow. Too bad, for a show with alot of potential.

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