Monday, February 8, 2016

Black Sails 3.3: Gone Fishin'

A superb, jam-packed episode of Black Sails 3.3 last night, in which my favorite scene was -

Flint and Silver hauling in that shark, against all odds, and saving the day and the crew on the verge of starvation.  It was another great Flint vs. the sea scene, with Silver more of a partner than ever, as the two realize that all is not lost with the whale carcass too far gone to eat, since there are sharks all around it, just waiting to be brought back to the ship.  Well, it wasn't that easy at all, and Flint couldn't have done any it without Silver, more essential now than ever.

Billy and Silver's conversation before that was also one of the best we've seen in the series, with Billy recognizing fully Silver's quartermaster status.  Flint's beginning to come to terms with Miranda's death, maybe at least just a little, is another hopeful, helpful, development, or, as Silver would put it, progress.

Meanwhile, the conversation between Eleanor and Roger is also significant - it's fun to see Spain brought into this, which after all is true historically, as England was by no means the only maritime power in this age, though superior to Spain.   But placing another nation player into this brew is a good move, as was the mention of Havana, given that's it's so much in our own recent real news, with our normalization of relations with Cuba.

When they arrived at Nassau, and Hornigold offered the pardon on the island, I was hoping one of the men would shoot him dead right then and there.  Of course that didn't happen historically, but that hasn't stopped Black Sails before, being as it is a deft mix of fictional (Flint, Silver) and real pirates (Hornigold, Blackbeard, Vane, Rachham).

Maybe it's just me, but I'm finding this season three to be the most tightly and satisfying woven, as well as the best photographed, with the water practically splashing through my HD screen.

See also Black Sails 3.1: Restored ... Black Sails 3.2: Flint vs. Sea

And see also Black Sails 2.1: Good Combo, Back Story, New Blood ... Black Sails 2.2: A Fine Lesson in Captaining ... Black Sails 2.3: "I Angered Charles Vane" ... Black Sails 2.4: "Fire!" ... Black Sails 2.5: Twist! ... Black Sails 2.6: Weighty Alternatives, and the Medium is the Message on the High Seas ...Black Sails 2.7: The Governor's Daughter and the Gold ... Black Sails 2.9: The Unlikely Hero ... Black Sails Season 2 Finale: Satisfying Literate and Vulgar

And see also Black Sails: Literate and Raunchy Piracy ... Black Sails 1.3: John Milton and Marcus Aurelius ... Black Sails 1.4: The Masts of Wall Street ...Black Sails 1.6: Rising Up ... Black Sails 1.7: Fictions and History ... Black Sails 1.8: Money



pirates of the mind in The Plot to Save Socrates 

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