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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Black Sails 3.8: Whether Vane

Another outstanding Black Sails - 3.8 - tonight, with another superb fighting scene, this one on the road, as Flint, Vane, Annie & company, like masked desperados on horseback, with guns and swords, rescue Rackham and the loot from Rogers.  It could have been a scene of Zorro, or a Tarantino movie, it was that good.

The result was a nice piece of work, too.  Rackham sprung but in effect traded for Vane, with Rogers bloody but still intact and even more resolved than ever.

This now pitches our story into the triangle that has been building and we have been waiting for all season .  Will Eleanor truly work with Rogers, to destroy Vane and what he calls forth in her past, or will she be swayed by Vane once again?  Or - has she in fact never been swayed from Vane at all despite what's she said and done with Rogers?

As I've said in previous reviews - see below -  Eleanor sure looks and seems like she's loving Rogers, in spirit as well as body.   But she could be a good actress.  And though she makes a convincing, impassioned declaration of her commitment and devotion to Rogers, of her love for him ... I don't know, I won't be surprised at all if she sides with Vane in the end.   And such uncertainty is what I call fine narrative writing.

As a slightly less significant but appealing touch, I like that it's fallen to Billy Bones to save the day or at least Vane, somehow, in Nassau.   His volunteering was a heartening sight, and I can only hope that he doesn't have something up his sleeve also, because that's the way it is with these pirates.

Now how's that for a review just seventeen minutes past the hour!

See also Black Sails 3.1: Restored ... Black Sails 3.2: Flint vs. Sea ... Black Sails 3.3: Gone Fishin' ... Black Sails 3.4: Mr. Scott's People ... Black Sails 3.5: Alliance ... Black Sails 3.6: The Duel ... Black Sails 3.8: The Blackening of John Silver

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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