Episode 405 – XXXIII

Silver takes Flint’s life in his hands.  Billy drives a wedge.  Eleanor risks everything.  Rogers makes a stunning appeal. (Summary provided by starz.com) WATCH NOW AT Starz | Hulu BEST FLINT MOMENT What does Flint do while locked up in prison?  Read!  The fact that he keeps his finger in his place while talking with Eleanor proves that he…

Episode 404 – XXXII

Violence engulfs Nassau.  Silver demands answers from Billy.  Eleanor comes to Max’s aid.  Bonny and Rackham endure hell. (Summary provided by starz.com) WATCH NOW AT Starz | Hulu BEST FLINT MOMENT This episode gives us two of my favorite Flints:  Grumpy Flint (“Is there a point you’re trying to make?” to Israel Hands) and Enigmatic Flint (“Trust me.”)  I…

Episode 403 – XXXI

I do think the show wants us to support Flint, and I do think that Flint’s motivations are deepening beyond revenge to a more genuine desire to create something new.  BUT it is unquestionable that the showrunners want us to remember the power of narrative in shaping our allegiances, and to question why we see some people as good and others as bad, when really, they might not be so different.

Episode 401 – XXIX

If season three was about leadership and darkness, season four is about friendship and revenge.

Flint and Silver (and Madi) will be the main friendship pairing to watch this season, as already a lot happened that we didn’t see.  Post-coitus, Madi tries to remind Silver that he once feared being close to Flint, but Silver is unconcerned now, insisting things are different.  They are now secure in their friendship and the power they wield together, no matter Madi’s warning, “When a man first needs you and thereafter calls you a friend, a little suspicion is a healthy thing.”

Season 3 DVD Special Features

Honestly, at this point I’ve bought the Black Sails DVDs because I want to throw my money at it so TV people will know this was a show people loved.  But also for special features!  Let’s see how the season 3 DVDs measure up! Inside the World of Black Sails 24:04 It is so enjoyable…

Episode 310 – XXVIII

Season three spent a lot of time showing us varying styles of leadership as we watched Silver struggle with his newfound authority.  We’ve seen him learn from both Flint and Madi, and in this episode, it seems clear that he has tried to carve out a path that incorporates the best of both of them.  Essentially, if Flint is feared and Madi is liked, Silver believes (based on his interactions with Dobbs) that he is both feared and liked.  Put this way, I almost believe that his leadership style is the most effective.

But there is another angle worth exploring.

Theology and Black Sails | Thomas Hamilton vs. Pastor Lambrick

There are two main characters in Black Sails whose actions are explicitly motivated by Christianity:  Pastor Lambrick and Thomas Hamilton.  Together they represent the best and worst of their religion, with one embodying its privilege and the other its sacrifice.  This duality is perfectly expressed in the metaphor of a shepherd and the sheep.  A…

Theology and Black Sails | Vane and Pastor Lambrick

When Lambrick visits Vane before his execution, his attempt to offer peace and repentance is rejected. Lambrick enters and offers Vane bread, which coming from a clergyman seems pretty obviously to symbolize Communion.  But bread is only one half of the grace of Communion, just as the peace Lambrick is about to offer is not…

Episode 309 – XXVII

Eleanor puts everything on the line to save Rogers.  Billy recruits allies.  Flint and Silver prepare for war. (Summary provided by starz.com) WATCH NOW AT Starz | Hulu BEST FLINT MOMENT Flint parallel parks a ship incredibly close to shore by delivering calm orders to fearful men, then stares down Hornigold with the most badass “you could never” look….

Episode 308 – XXVI

Rogers comes under attack while moving a prisoner.  Violence erupts on the Walrus.  Silver and Madi are put to a test.  Billy sees a new role for himself in the coming battle. (Summary provided by starz.com) WATCH NOW AT Starz | Hulu BEST FLINT MOMENT That first scene between Flint and Vane in Miranda’s house is so great.  I…

Episode 307 – XXV

The entire scene in which Flint and Woodes Rogers face off is A+ Excellent, but the part that really destroys my soul is when, ten years after the first Great Defense, FLINT IS STILL DEFENDING THOMAS.  Woodes Rogers claims that his goal is the same as Thomas’s, and Flint is all, “Let me tell you what Thomas wanted!!”