Wednesday, April 5, 2017

TV Show Review: Black Sails (Season 4)

The pirate adventure concluded with an epic final season of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and hi hunt for the Urca gold and the war for Nassau. The legend of Long John Silver (Luke Arnold) was born and the rise of Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy) came to a head with the retaking of the island by the British. The death of Charles Vane (Zach McGowan) left the pirate reeling and grieving, especially the droll Jack Rackham (Toby Schmitz) and his companion Anne Bonny (Clara Paget). The last season took no prisoners doling out deaths to major characters as the invasion grew extremely violent. Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New) is stuck in the middle between the pirates and her English husband Woodes Rogers (Luke Roberts), much to her peril.

The final season is all about conflicting viewpoint between Flint and Silver as Billy Bones (Tom Hopper) trades loyalties even siding with the British by the end after so many betrayals. The pirate action is great with ship battles and sword fights throughout each episode. Black Sails brings the violence and hardships of the pirate life to the screen as the battles are bloody and the justice is brutal. The fate of Blackbeard (Ray Stevenson) was especially gruesome as Woodes Rogers takes out a brutal punishment to prove a point as to what happens to pirates.

Max shows just how crafty she can be as her rise to the top. There seems to be a weird quick travel as Rackham captains a ship to Boston to speak with Eleanor Guthrie's grandparents and Max uses her clever power-grabbing to win over matriarch of the Guthrie family, which ultimately allows her to rise to the top. Max has been at her lowest, especially in the first season when she was betrayed, but her persistence and stubbornness kept her striving for a goal to be at the top of Nassau.

Flint was a great character, one that should be remembered if this show ever gets any attention. I know Starz has not gotten as much credit for their great programming and even I have a hard time keeping up with all the shows. The conflict with Captain Flint is revealed in season 3 and becomes a turning point for the finale as John Silver discovers a secret hidden away. Silver was also a very entertaining character to watch as his transformation, depicted wonderfully by Luke Arnold was drastic over just four seasons.

I was so happy to finally catch up on all the seasons of this show over the last few months just in time to see the finale. I would like to revisit it one day, but for now, I can say it was a highly enjoyable experience. If you are looking for a rough take on swashbuckling adventure and can stand violence and prolific nudity, then I would recommend checking out Starz. Their shows don't get the recognition they deserve but so much from the acting to the stunning set pieces make this a show worth putting at the top of the crowded list of TV shows to binge. 

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