'Black Sails - The Complete Second Season'
(Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Hannah New, Jessica Parker Kennedy, et al / 3-Disc Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Anchor Bay Entertainment - Starz)
Overview: The Walrus crew is stranded with an army of Spanish soldiers standing between them and their precious Urca gold. And with their crimes against their brethren no longer a secret, Flint and Silver must join forces in a desperate bid for survival.
Blu ray Verdict: The first series was a scorcher and the second is just as good - if not even better. Picking up where the second left off, with no one getting the Spanish gold and Captain Flint out of favor, John Silver is still making himself indispensable by teaching Machiavelli a thing or two in duplicity.
This series is the best thing to hit television in a long while for me. 'Black Sails' is an excellent historical drama (filmed in South Africa) and with amazing talents like Toby Stephens (UK's "Vexed") as the fictional Captain Flint. Indeed, it's hard to believe Hollywood director/producer Michael Bay was involved in this, since the story takes such a front seat! I love the story, and the special effects and fight scenes are generally excellent, trust me.
'Black Sails' is a serious and effective production, well executed and well staffed with strong actors. A time period that in film is not so well documented, and an amazing adventurous and dangerous period to depict, from the initial episode I was hooked. Gritty but with touches of humor and the dark humor that dirty work and ugliness breeds, the main characters give a personal side to a criminal element that ruled the region for a good long period. Personally, well, I can't wait for season three! Man, the ships and CGI work is SO feckin' believable and helps immerse you in the era instantly - in every shot!
In closing, and to play Devil's Advocate, the series depicts a realistic albeit dramatized version of piracy in colonial time. Of this we now all know, of course. BUT, the only thing that really seemed out of place for me was the pale blond posh-girl, running the Pirate port of Nassau. The pirating environment was known to be very unfriendly to woman. It is hard to imagine that such a girl could ever muster enough authority with pirates to run such a place. She reminded me very much of Keira Knightly in PotC. And no, that doesn't work in the series favor at all. Sorry, for other than that, 'Black Sails' is BRILLIANT!
Basically, 'Black Sails' is an enthralling mixture of real pirate escapades with just the right mix of "Treasure Island". I highly recommend checking out this second season, but if you are new to the show, start with season one, of course! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:78.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Inside the World of BLACK SAILS
Man O' War
High Seas Action
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