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…
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…
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.
Israel Hands: You talk too much.
Silver: *keeps talking*
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 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.
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….
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…
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!!”
Flint challenges Teach over the future of piracy. Rogers makes an arrest. Rackham finds new purpose. Madi comes to Silver’s aid. (Summary provided by starz.com) WATCH NOW AT Starz | Hulu BEST FLINT MOMENT His face, I think, just after he’s shot Teach. He looks so shocked that he might have actually won the duel, and so easily. Of…
Max and Eleanor reunite, and I am so thrilled to be watching a show in which two powerful women arguing about their influence and legitimacy! I love even more that their posturing fades away as they question how deeply they’ve betrayed each other and the answer turns out to be NOT AT ALL. Forever crying!!
This is when the show steps up a notch. So far it has been a story of oppression of white people by white people. But instead of letting that be an analogy for people of color to see themselves in, Black Sails says, no. We’re bring African men and women who were enslaved to the table and letting them speak about their oppression for themselves. IT IS SO GREAT.