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Black Sails Season 3 Finale: Throckmorton

Who exactly is Captain Thockmorton and why is he important to the season 3 finale of Black Sails, just shown on Starz?  Well, he has a great name, doesn't he, but I'll say no more except stay tuned to the end of the episode.Until that great send...

Black Sails 3.9: Wither Vane

I entitled my review of last week's episode of Black Sails "Whether Vane".  This week's review - of episode 3.9 - is entitled "wither Vane," because--(spoilers follow)Well, I put in a spoiler break, because, if you haven't yet seen Black Sails 3...

Black Sails 3.8: Whether Vane

Another outstanding Black Sails - 3.8 - tonight, with another superb fighting scene, this one on the road, as Flint, Vane, Annie & company, like masked desperados on horseback, with guns and swords, rescue Rackham and the loot from Rogers.  ...

Black Sails 3.7: The Blackening of John Silver

Another fine, strong episode of Black Sails on Starz this past Saturday - 3.7, which I was too busy looking at politics to review at the time - with two important character developments.The most important is what is happening with John Silver, not ph...

Black Sails 3.6: The Duel

What an excellent Black Sails 3.6 last night - an excellent episode in this excellent season - which features a duel to the death between Flint and Teach.Of course, neither one can die - Flint because he needs to live long enough to appear in Stevens...

Black Sails 3.5: Alliance

Black Sails 3.5, just on Starz, was predictable but very satisfying to see in the slow coalescence of a grand alliance of pirates and slaves against the British.When Flint talks to the queen of the slave island (refreshingly even more powerful than h...

Black Sails 3.4: Mr. Scott's People

Black Sails introduced a vibrant new sector last night in episode 3.4, with "Maroons" - Africans who escaped their fate as slaves in America - on what otherwise would have been a paradisiacal island of salvation for Flint, Silver, and their men after...

Black Sails 3.3: Gone Fishin'

A superb, jam-packed episode of Black Sails 3.3 last night, in which my favorite scene was -Flint and Silver hauling in that shark, against all odds, and saving the day and the crew on the verge of starvation.  It was another great Flint vs. the...

Black Sails 3.2: Flint vs. Sea

The third season of Black Sails continues in its second episode to be the most rip-roaring of the series so far - at least insofar as pirate versus the elements, in the form of the "ship killing" storm that Flint chooses to sail into, rather than ent...

Black Sails 3.1: Restored

Black Sails was back tonight for its third season, picking up and putting in motion all the pieces from the end of the second season - broken, whole, and all parts in between - in fine, cunning, swashbuckling form.Flint, for my money, was better than...

Black Sails Season 2 Finale: Satisfyingly Literate and Vulgar

Well, the Black Sails season 2 finale last night was satisfying and everything it should have been and needed to be to offset the punch-in-the-gut depravity at the end of last week's episode.That ending - the slaughter of Miranda by the Governor's bo...

Black Sails 2.9: The Unlikely Hero

A stunningly good Black Sails 2.9 - after last week's very good 2.8, too, which I didn't get a chance to review - in which all relationships are torn apart and cast asunder, with the hope of some powerful union at the end, a union of the people least...

Black Sails 2.7: The Governor's Daughter and the Gold

A strategically rip-roaring Black Sails 2.7 tonight, with all kinds of revelations and double-crosses.First and foremost, we finally get some clarity about Billy.   In a crucial scene, he tells Flint that he can't be sure if Flint let his hand a...

Black Sails 2.6: Weighty Alternatives, and the Medium is the Message on the High Seas

A powerful, strategically complex episode 2.6 of Black Sails last night, which did what it does best - baring the clock-work machinations of piracy, the intricate mechanisms of thought and  plans and double-cross, which underly all the derring-d...

The Walking Dead 5.11: The Smiling Stranger

Another thoughtful episode of The Walking Dead this Sunday - 5.11 - in which our heroes are given the dilemma of what to do with someone who shows up, out of the blue, proclaiming and seeming to only want to help them.Rick, unsurprisingly, is on the...

Black Sails 2.5: Twist!

Black Sails 2.5 was chock full of surprises and revelations, tonight - the first and foremost being -The affair that Flint was having in London before he became Flint was not with Thomas's wife Miranda but with Thomas.  This explains a lot of th...

Black Sails 2.4: "Fire!"

That was the last word spoken in Black Sails 2.4 - "Fire!" - and an apt ending indeed to the strategic wheelings and dealings that are working so well in the series this year.At stake is whether or not Flint should level his cannon at the fortress th...

Black Sails 2.3: "I Angered Charles Vane"

"I Angered Charles Vane" - that was the sign hung around Ned Low's head, on a pole, in the altogether excellent Black Sails 2.3 tonight.Low was a tough customer, in real history and his brief tenure is this series. He put up a strong fight, and nearl...

Black Sails 2.2: A Fine Lesson in Captaining

A thoroughly outstanding episode 2.2 of Black Sails  on Saturday, in which Flint in his customary display of brilliance and cunning regains his rightful place.He begins by giving Dufresne some advice about which winds and route to take.  It...

Black Sails 2.1: Good Combo, Back Story, and New Blood

Black Sails was back for its second season last night, in all its brutal beauty.   Among the best sequences -Flint and Silver, working together to get a ship to set sail off the island on which they landed, wrecked, last season.   The two h...
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