Critic Consensus: Black Sails boasts visual appeal, but the show's bland characters aren't strong enough to keep the show from being dragged down into its murky depths of aimless exposition.
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as Capt. Flint
as John Silver
as Capt. Charles Vane
as Eleanor Guthrie
as Anne Bonny
as Billy Bones
as Mr. Scott
as Woodes Rogers
News & Interviews for Black Sails: Season 1
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."
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