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And no, one of the reasons is not because there’s nothing else on… which is a pretty great reason but still! If you haven’t been watching Black Sails on Starz, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING WITH YOUR LIFE? JKJKJK, you might have been sleeping on this show but now is the time to catch up and invest. We’re only two episodes into the third season and every episode has been a nail biter. If you like shows like Game of Thrones, Turn or even Outlander, you’ll like Black Sails. It blends fantasy and adventure with tinges of actual history. Some of the characters are based on real pirates and some were created to add to the story line. But there’s more to why you should be watching the best show on TV right now. Lemme explain…
Ever since Season 2, where they really found their footing, watching Black Sails is like watching a two hour blockbuster movie crammed into a premium channel show. If you saw last week’s episode where they navigate the Walrus through a Tempest than you know what I’m talking about, they brought in jet engines to create 50 mile an hour wind, built a ship set that tilts 30 degrees and then threw the whole thing in the water.
After last week’s episode titled XX. (or The Storm, in the video above), Starz needs to forget the Scottish folk (we love you Scottish folks) and focus their efforts on nominating the cast from Black Sails. Toby Stephens (The Countess Dowager’s son for those not in the know) absolutely murdered Season Two as we learned the background of who Capt. Flint is and why he ended up as one of the most dreaded pirates in Nassau. Then add in Luke Arnold as John Silver and Richard Wright Firth’s scene from last week, plus ALL of the strong female characters and most namely Jessica Parker Kennedy who from Season One has portrayed some of the most grisly and compelling work on the show, everyone deserves an award.
You can’t have a show about pirates without amazing facial hair. Toby Schmitz who plays Jack Rackham has brought it every episode in his peacock-like portrayal of the pirate who just wants to be remembered but can’t really get anyone on his side. His facial hair changed every episode, sometimes WITHIN the episode and was topped with some of the craziest looks, like rudimentary “sunglasses.” If you like beards and long, flowing locks, than this show is for you. And if you’re more like me and prefer the cleaner look, there’s always Billy Bones. Yes. please.
He sails ships in trainers and gym shorts. Don’t worry bruh.
With all the talk of diversity in entertainment these days, it’s refreshing to turn on Black Sails and see MULTIPLE women and men of all skin tones playing gay and straight in dignified and compelling ways. It’s not hard Hollywood, not every interesting story took place in a white man’s life, let alone in the Caribbean. Kudos to the show for casting that represents more than what we’re used to and for characters that live life on their own terms and aren’t afraid to defend it.
Ray Stevenson joined this season of Black Sails as Edward Teach or as we know him from legends, Blackbeard! I don’t know about you guys but everything I’ve ever known about Blackbeard portrayed him as a ferocious, scary pirate. Ray Stevenson has, for the first two episodes at least, portrayed him as quick the sage, going on for several lines of what can only be likened to pirate poetry. I’m sure this furry, grandfather act won’t last the entire season but it’s been funny to see him as quite the opposite of what history has made him to be.
And the 6th and unofficial reason you should be watching Black Sails is: I don’t like bad TV! I swear, ok maybe I watch Big Brother in the summer, but other than that my record is spotless and you can trust me. WATCH THIS so we can talk about it, plus you gotta use that Starz subscription for something while Outlander is on hiatus.
Black Sails is on STARZ Saturday nights at 10PM.
Do you watch Black Sails? List more reasons why people should be watching Black Sails in the comments.