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…

Season 2 DVD Special Features

In the age of streaming, the main reason to buy a DVD is for the special features.  Let’s look at the Black Sails season 2 DVD special features and decide if they are, in fact, special. Inside the World of Black Sails 21:33 An episode-by-episode recap by the showrunners, this segment gives us an overview…

James and Thomas (Spoilers Through 205 – XIII)

I’m trying to be as non-spoilery as possible in my episode reviews, but I needed a place to vent all my James/Thomas feelings, for they are many.  Organized by episode, these are the fragmented thoughts that I wanted to share, but couldn’t before 205’s revelation. Episode 201 – IX Thomas is HARD CORE checking James…

Theology and Black Sails | Pastor Lambrick Preaches to No One

This is one of the strongest theological themes of the series:  hoping for a better future even when the present seems like hell.  It is fitting that this theme is explicitly addressed by a pastor preaching to no one in an episode in which Flint pursues his dream as everyone closest to him abandons him.

Theology and Black Sails | Miranda Barlow and Pastor Lambrick

If theology is everywhere, and I believe that it is, then Black Sails’ theology is in every character, scene, and theme.  I plan to eventually write about the overarching theological concepts found in this show, but as I go through my rewatch, I want to highlight scenes in which Christianity is explicitly discussed.  We get our first of these in episode 103 – III between Miranda Barlow and Pastor Lambrick.

Enneagram Types of Black Sails Characters

In hopes of better understanding the main characters of Black Sails (this post focuses on the men and women highlighted in season 1), I tried to guess what their Enneagram personality types might be.

What Parts of Treasure Island are Relevant to Black Sails?

Black Sails is a prequel to Treasure Island, and while there is obviously a difference between an M-rated adult show and a children’s adventure story, I was amazed at how similar two really are. Differences 1. Three main characters transfer from Treasure Island to Black Sails:  Billy Bones, Captain James Flint, and Long John Silver…