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If this sounds (a) like the least merry pirate yarn ever constructed, and (b) a little bit like Game of Thrones, feel free to shiver your own timbers.
But there's an intelligence to its treatment of the Nassau community and whether a settlement based on lawlessness and a shadow economy is sustainable -- one that takes the series in some complicated and unexpected directions.
The era is a rich vein to mine, and to their credit, the creators are light on pirate cliches - I do not believe one "aargh!" is uttered. More swashbuckling please.
Maybe they were going for "Deadwood on the Beach," with the politics of organizing an unruly bunch the underlying theme. Instead, they got "Spartacus Island," a less-elevated narrative with violence in keeping with the Starz brand.
If you're more action-oriented, you'll soon find yourself shouting at the screen, "Less talking, more cannon fire."
To paraphrase Woody Allen's paraphrase of an old joke, what Black Sails has to offer is mediocre, and the portions are small.
Black Sails has enough sex, violence and filthy language to make even the most ardent [Game of Thrones] fan sit up and take notice.
The writers fail to establish distinct characters, settling instead for a generic crew of meticulously smudged scallywags.
Black Sails may not be the most well written or riveting story on TV at the moment, but it's certainly going to fill that lustful void for violence and graphic action.
Audience Reviews for Black Sails: Season 1
Feb 13, 2021This first season kinda struggles to find a personality by trying to appeal to an audience who, at the time, only had eyes for Game of Thrones. But it *is* an awesome first season, even if it has flaws. Don't worry: the next seasons have none of that and know what story they want to tell. This whole first season is a good, even if long-ish, exposition for a story that gets bigger and smarter. Give it a chance, and you'll be rewarded.
Jan 02, 2021Watched after some folks recommended it as one of the best shows recently. Found it fun, briefly, but then the TV-ness of it set in... seesawing between overdramatic and underplotted, with many of the characters looking like models and the camera maintaining a penchant for lingering on six packs and pecs. A less funny, less likeable, over-sexed pirates of the caribbean.
Dec 21, 2020Terrible, long boring drama scenes, unrealistic, unhistorical, and boring plot
Nov 27, 2020This series surprised a lot. I'm really enjoying the story and the season that goes on. The series has a spectacular cast that is capable of making great performances and the action is impressive. I recommend seeing.
Nov 23, 2020Great performances, spectacular intro and good battle scenes ... I advise
Nov 19, 2020It starts slowly but quickly becomes spectacular and epic, great performances, battle scenes and script, this is easily one of the best shows ever made, anyone who likes Game of Thrones should see it !!!
Jun 08, 2020Season 1 is the weakest season, but it's still great and leads to something life changing.
Jun 08, 2020Black Sails is a series that deserves far more attention that it has received. Easily the "Game of Thrones" for pirate stories, Black Sails interweaves a band of historical pirates with band of fictional ones, and builds its story around a number of actual events. Set in Nassau, the pirate "capital" of the Caribbean, we follow the actions of James Flint, who is bound and determined to find a great Spanish treasure ship, which will provide he and his crew enough gold to start a new "legitimate" life. While Black Sails seems to follow many of the "pirate formulas", it does so with gravitas--avoiding so many of the cliches that ultimately doomed so many of its predecessors. Instead, the characters are interesting, nuanced, and have depth. However, the season as a whole is largely the exposition needed for Season 2. In other words, its all a setup. As it turns out, this is a good thing because there IS a Season 2--but if there wasn't, this season would have been a BIG disappointment.
May 30, 2019Starts off slow, around episode 6 I got hooked and is easily in my top 5 favourite TV shows. Vikings make place for the Pirates. It gets better and better from here.
May 27, 2019I wasn't interested in the bathroom and mating habits of thieves. An adventurous pirate story, however, would have been nice.