Jan 232014
 
Black Sails Season One Trailer

Starz’s new series, Black Sails, is set twenty years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, which my generation probably read during high school and forgot about. The series takes place near the end of the Golden Age of Piracy (1650-1730). Following the end of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), thousands of British privateers decided to adjust their business model, and attack ships from all nations, not just Britain’s enemy Spain. Black Sails is a weird mix of history and fiction, since the lead character, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) is taken from a novel. However, there are quite a few historical figures in the show, including Charles Vane, Anne Bonney and Calico Jack Rackam, but Edward Teach, better-known as Blackbeard, is missing. It is Starz, so there should be a fair amount of sweaty flesh, um, for those who like that kind of thing. Read More…