There Are Treasures to be Found in Starz’s ‘Black Sails’

Pirates are cool. This is a simple fact known to all those with even a hint of a rebellious spirit, however the myths surrounding pirates have become watered down by Hollywood over the years. Enter Starz’sBlack Sails, a brutal, gorgeous and at times humorous look at swashbucklers and their politics.

Within the opening moments, when a navel ship is raided by Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew, it becomes apparent this isn’t a Disneyfied look at pirates. The raid is quick and unrelenting, but when it ends there is humanity to be found in these pillagers seeking to live by their own rules. Gates (Mark Ryan) chooses among what’s left of the naval ship’s crew to join their ranks– one infamous troublemaker lies about being a cook to come aboard. Their switch between fierce men of the seas and regular people with jobs, lives and worries is done with such ease, I never stopped to wonder if I might be rooting for the wrong side.



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