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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 25, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Created by creator Jonathan Steinberg as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island set in 1715, pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew prepare to fight the British Royal Navy over New Providence Island with the help of Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New), a daughter ofCreated by creator Jonathan Steinberg as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island set in 1715, pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew prepare to fight the British Royal Navy over New Providence Island with the help of Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New), a daughter of a local smuggling kingpin. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Jan 17, 2014
    83
    Not even a guilty pleasure, Black Sails is arrrrrr-estingly good. [24 Jan 2014, p.65]
  2. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jan 21, 2014
    75
    A winsome opportunist (Luke Arnold), a ruthless captain (Toby Stephens) and a tough-talking tavern owner (Hannah New) are just a few of the colorful characters involved in a brutal power grab in the 18th century Bahamas.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 24, 2014
    75
    Filmed in South Africa, Sails is awash in lush scenery, bloody expensive sets and brutal action. You’ve probably never seen a sword fight like the one that caps tonight’s episode.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Jan 23, 2014
    50
    Black Sails is a handsome illusion at times, but it rarely finds its way beyond that.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Mar 27, 2014
    50
    The drama is nothing more than a video game, with a story secondary to the blood and sex.
  6. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jan 24, 2014
    50
    The cast is stunning, the music enticing. Yet Black Sails lands too quickly on an island (shot in Cape Town) and the best parts of the spectacle--the open sea vistas and the claustrophobic shipboard scenes--run aground.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 23, 2014
    30
    What's mystifying is why Starz and the creators of Black Sails seem to think that, given the expanding array of options available to consumers, any content creators can get away with peddling fare that can't even manage to be consistently mediocre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 57
  2. Negative: 10 out of 57
  1. Mar 14, 2014
    10
    If you loved Spartacus then this by far a show you must watch !!!! Love the plots , characters, action ....great story line ....cant wait forIf you loved Spartacus then this by far a show you must watch !!!! Love the plots , characters, action ....great story line ....cant wait for a season II Expand
  2. Feb 21, 2014
    10
    First chapters a lot of plots, good plots, btw so just waiting to see naval wars but good cinematic, good actors, nudity, and that stuff...First chapters a lot of plots, good plots, btw so just waiting to see naval wars but good cinematic, good actors, nudity, and that stuff... just waiting to saw some of the great pirates of the history like black beard or something! Expand
  3. Jan 27, 2014
    10
    This is really a decent pirate show... If you like the style and atmosphere of Starz's Spartacus series you'll certainly fall in love withThis is really a decent pirate show... If you like the style and atmosphere of Starz's Spartacus series you'll certainly fall in love with this too - raw and real experience of a pirate's everyday life including brutality, violence, sex and nudity. Cast seems to be fine and especially Toby Stephens works quite well as Captain Flint. Visuals, music and costumes are amazing both on sea during the action as well as on the land. Big budget works pretty good and I have to admit that this shows looks very promising after the first episode.
    Hint: Don't take mainstream (full of unsound and empty arguments filled with "political correctness") reviews too seriously
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  4. Feb 18, 2014
    9
    A refreshing show, no doubt.

    Everything in this tv series looks very good, the environment, the acting, the attention to detail, the
    A refreshing show, no doubt.

    Everything in this tv series looks very good, the environment, the acting, the attention to detail, the characters and the story being told. The only downsize so far in the first 4 episodes is the lack of seafaring, so far its almost everything on land.

    This tv series doesn't care for what we the viewers want, it doesn't feed us heroes to cheer for, it doesn't feed us villains for the sake of making the heroes look heroes, it doesn't feed us the usual love story and love interests for the sake of doing it, it doesn't feed us violence for the sake of violence and all the nudity seen is perfectly well synced with the show pace, sorry puritans, deal with it, learn to respect our nature, we are humans, humans have bodies, just deal with it and stop with your completely biased, pointless, groundless and irrelevant rants about cheap nudity.

    If you are looking for a show that breaks the ordinary money grabbing formulas, you have one right here.
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  5. Sep 23, 2014
    8
    This is a bit removed as a toss up between Crossbones. This is a more lighthearted approach to the democratic- or meritocracy that was PirateThis is a bit removed as a toss up between Crossbones. This is a more lighthearted approach to the democratic- or meritocracy that was Pirate Society (tm). Expand
  6. Feb 3, 2014
    7
    The show is good but i was expecting a lot more from it, the potential was there to create another awesome experience like Spartacus, yet theyThe show is good but i was expecting a lot more from it, the potential was there to create another awesome experience like Spartacus, yet they fell short, story wise very short. I have watched the first 4 episodes, the acting, action, violence, sex, blood, music, and visuals,are all fine but there and the story just drags on and is quite boring after the fourth episode. It feels like fourth episodes of Black Sails was trying to portray 30 hours of real time, which just does not work for me. Solid 7/10 nothing more, nothing less. I just feel by the season end they might have ruined what could have been an awesome series for years to come, I will only hope this goes in a good direction. Expand
  7. Feb 25, 2015
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I sort of enjoyed this for a few episodes, but the recent writing is just awful. Richard Guthrie has an unbelievable metamorphosis from an ass to a caring father, not believable. And Captain Flint with a gay affair? Please. I know the writer must be gay, but does that mean everyone else in the world has to swing from your side of the plate. It was bad enough when Anne Bonney had to be a lesbian or bisexual or whatever. So I guess we just get one dimensional writing where every character has gender identity issues. Ms Barlow explains to us that Flint is a violent pirate blowing up the fort because he feels guilt about his gay affair? ROTFL. And then Rackham has to make a choice between Max and Anne because the crew can accept one but not two women? LOL - how contrived. Guess the writing room has writers block, so they are definitely mailing it in for season two. Didn't take long to jump the shark, just barely into season 2 and it is no longer worth watching. Expand

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