I really wanted to like black sails after all this was the show that got Spartacus's spot. You have to admire the effort that a small network like Starz is putting in to creating their shows.
You can say that watching black sails first season was an enjoyable experience but it never turned to be anything more and by that I mean that it wasn't a show you wait an entire year for ( like Spartacus, game of thrones and the walking dead) and that's a shame because when Starz announced that black sails was renewed for season 2 before airing its first episode from its first season it made us hope were getting Spartacus only with pirates.
One of the major problems that didn't allow the show to really pick up and become great were the leading characters. Flint was too mysterious for his own good, something that didn't allow us really to connect to the character. When his goal was revealed it was too late because we just didn't care anymore besides the goal itself seemed to be weak and not really as exciting to hold the entire season on its shoulders.
The rest of the characters were not something to brag about either: Eleanor Guthrie was constantly struggling with herself making her character very exhausting to watch or figuring out why does she care so much about an island that was full of pirates that want to rape her and cut her throat on a daily basis. I didn't really understand most of the action of the Max character because she went against logic and tormented herself just to look stubborn, the only thing that you can remember from her is an endless list of nude scenes that served no purpose at all.
Captain Charles Vane half of the time this guy was trying (unsuccessfully) to look as the toughest pirate on the island while the rest of the time he was drunk feeling sorry for himself. I myself didn't really understand the Anne Bonny character because her actions constantly conflicted with her previous actions. the only characters I really liked were John Silver and Rackham both were sneaky and most of all their actions were logical that's pretty much what made me like those guys. they were not conflicted with themselves like all the rest of the characters in the show. both found themselves in difficult situations that threatened their lives but both men never gave up, kept on going on forward ignoring their difficult situation heading each on to his success.
it's really hard to recommend black sails as a must see show, nevertheless it is definitely better than half of the shows that were on TV this last winter season. The show is enjoyable most of the time, some episodes had great cliff hangers that made you keep counting the days for the next episode. Black Sails had a lot of nudity (not as much as Spartacus but still more than your average show), great landscapes and original outfits. I will watch the second season of Black Sails I don't know if you are going to but you are welcome to check out the Trailer for the first season of the show to make up your minds.
Black Sails DVDBlack Sails: Season 1
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