Black Sails (2014–2017)

TV Series   |  TV-MA   |    |  Adventure, Drama

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Follows Captain Flint and his pirates twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel "Treasure Island."


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Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg

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7 February 2020 | ChubbyChecker
| Take what you can, give nothing back
I think it's important to say that despite the headline I gave this review this show is nothing like Pirates of the Caribbean. Sure it's also about pirates, but Black Sails sure ain't for kids.

One thing I noticed early on is that pretty much all the characters are reprehensible. Some do the occasional act of kindness but they're all in it for themselves and will stab someone in the back as soon as bid them a good morning. As long as you're on board with this premise there's a lot to like about Black Sails, that has so much sex and gratuitous violence it makes Game of Thrones look tame.

Another thing I noted during my time watching the show was the sprinkling of real life pirates from the era. Most of the important characters are fictional characters from Treasure Island; however some real people were thrown in there too to make the setting more real. For a lot of these people so little is factually known about their real lives that it's not jarring or breaks the setting to have them there.

Ultimately if a show for adults about pirates appeals to you, you wouldn't go far wrong in watching Black Sails.

As other reviewers have said the first season is a bit weak, it only gets better from there though.

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