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Black Sails S01E08: "VIII"

I'll come right out and say it: "VIII" was a damn good episode of Black Sails. But it was also a pretty crummy season finale. The good news is that the series has already been renewed for a second season, so future generations will be able to jump right into the Season 2 premiere (I'm going out on a limb here and saying it will be called "IX") as soon as they're done watching "VIII" by downloading episodes via their ocular iVisors and they won't feel the pain of waiting an entire off-season just to see what should've happened in Season 1. As for us, we have to wait. Even though we shouldn't. But other than that totally major gripe that drove me up the effing wall, "VIII" was good! 

You see, from the very beginning of this season, we were promis—no, that's not the right word, we were led to believe that we'd see Flint and his crew either gut the Urca de Lima for all its Spanish riches or get blown to smithereens while trying to do so. It was a valid expectation; from the very beginning, Black Sails presented a goal (the Urca) that we'd either achieve or fail to meet by the finale. But in the end, the big showdown was with a random galleon—possibly an Urca escort, possibly another pirate ship, possibly a booze cruise. Granted that showdown was the best scene of the series so far (more on that later) but it felt like a prelude to a boss battle instead of the real deal. And after Flint woke up on a beach following a royal ass-kicking, what should appear over the bend but the Urca, smashed and trashed on the shore after being taken out by a storm. Flint looked on greedily. End of Season 1. 

So our pirate friends were smoked in sea battle but still stumbled upon the Urca, which had been taken down by nature. That's not the thrilling heroic or even anti-heroic finish I expected from this so-called action-adventure series; it was passive and didn't feel earned. And obviously, whether or not Flint and his crew actually plundered that booty went unanswered. I wouldn't even call it a cliffhanger, it was more of an interruption to a building story that would've be more fitting in a penultimate episode rather than a season finale. I'm curious to know whether this is how Black Sails always intended its first season to end or if its early Season 2 renewal in July, seven months before Season 1 premiered, simply allowed the producers to leave Season 1 open-ended. 

But as viewers, we're just along for the ride, and thankfully that ride did give us that fight between the Walrus and El Random Boat. For all the bemoaning critics did about not enough pirate action in the early going of Season 1, when Black Sails did take to the seas, it was staggering. Flint had the idea to play innocent victim of a pirate ship and use his partner ship, The Ranger, as their alleged attackers, and when El Random Boat went after The Ranger, Flint would blast away. Unfortunately, shooting at a boat sailing away from you narrows its size by two-thirds, and cannons firing from 300 yards out are about as accurate as a pirate realistically wearing sunglasses in that time period. Flint's first round of lobbing was worse than Shaq's free throw percentage, but a few direct hits gave the crew reason to cheer. Then El Random Boat began to turn and faced The Walrus broadside, and OMG it absolutely unloaded on The Walrus with three rows of cannons. It looked a little something like this:



BOOM BOOM BOOM






Maybe I never knew I was some sort of nautical warfare geek, but wow. Watching Flint get tossed off his ship was heart-wrenching. And on the other side of the Spanish boat The Ranger was getting totally shredded. Not sure Captain Vane is going to be happy about that.

But what even eclipsed the awesome destruction on the seas was the slow crumbling of Flint's integrity and authority as word of his planned treachery spread. Armed with Barlow's letter and the knowledge of Flint's plans to take a few shares of the Urca loot to start his own pirate paradise where he would be king, Gates protested and was about to go so far as mutiny when Flint sprung on him like a cobra and snapped his neck. I did not see that coming. But before he was relived of his duties and life, he passed along what he knew to new quartermaster Dufresne, who used it to undermine Flint's authority. Right during the middle of Flint's planned attack on El Random Boat

It's hard to say whether the distraction and delay in attack caused The Walrus to misfire, and consequently, get ripped a new one, but it certainly didn't help things. Maybe Dufresne thought it was time to challenge Flint's command because he didn't agree with the immediate orders, but that would mean he was leaving The Ranger and all their buddies on that shit on a short rope. I liked Gates' attitude before he was murdered—get the stash from the Urca first, and then bring Flint to justice back on the mainland. But Dufresne couldn't wait, and that meant a whole lot of new holes in the boat.

Thankfully John Silver fired a cannon during the standoff, giving The Walrus no chance but to go through with Flint's orders (Silver's "sorry!" was a nice moment of levity to break the tension). And it was the combination of the visceral action (Showers of splinters! Pirates flying through the air! The recoil of the firing cannons!) and the men fighting for their lives for a captain they no longer trusted that made this scene outstanding. Among the smoke and destruction, there was Flint realizing that his plan had come undone and the constant gambling he does with his crew's lives for his own self interest had finally gone the other way. It was exhilarating and sad at the same time, a clash between the horrors of greed gone awry and the sanctity of the chain of command as The Walrus was ripped asunder. 

And now that we know that Flint is capable of murdering his men, as he did with Gates, it brings up the question of whether he did toss Billy Bones from the boat and whether he did kill his rival when he was saving Randal from the boat. I had always pegged Flint as a man who would never do that, but Black Sails is really starting to point towards him being a total bastard.

Back at Nassau—and I talk about this reluctantly because it pales in comparison to Flint's plot—Vane brought his gang of surly wood choppers to take New Providence by force. In the end, he got a shaky partnership with Eleanor and her consortium to run things on the island as long as she stayed out of his way. I'm not sure the story of New Providence ever really took hold, as it was basically a pirate version of a hostile takeover. A lot of it felt a bit convoluted, if you ask me. Season 2 needs to do a lot of work on the land-based story, starting with making me root for someone to take control of the island, because I'm not really into Eleanor as head of things.

The abrupt end to Season 1 was a bit of a disservice to fans, but I'm still looking forward to Season 2. What did you think of Season 1 and the finale?


EXTRA PLANKS

– I think I got seasick watching the scenes when the ships were in the storm. How did pirates do that!?!?  

– I loved the idea of Randal not being the idiot everyone thinks he is, and as an old man in a young pirate's world, that's what he has to do to survive. And using his peg leg to save John Silver's life was great. 

– I had hoped that a couple of characters would turn into more important cogs in this machine, but Rackham and Max both felt more like pawns than major players as they were early in the series. 

– Toby Stephens has been amazing all season. Bravo, sir. 

– Hold your tongue and say, "I was born on a pirate ship."


What'd you think of the finale? How 'bout the season as a whole?


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AIRED ON 3/26/2016

Season 3 : Episode 10

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So who's watching this in 2016?
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Did they actually watch the season finale? It wasn't a random boat the year ran into. They knew it was a Spanish escort for the Urca, it was flying Spanish colors and had the Spanish sails. Most of their review of the finale is kind of ridiculous if you watched the show at all.
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Umm the whole deal was the urca didnt have an escort. and actually you find out it wasnt not an escort and the end. that it was just looking for the ( spoiler) Urca that had beach wrecked the night before in the storm. I know cause i litterly just watched the whole season 1
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Well yes, BUT Flint suspected it was an escort, and he was half right. So it wasn't a random ship, as the review suggested.
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When is season 2 starting ?
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If the show keeps the same dates as season one, probably around January.
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You know I have to say....I saw Michael Bay attached to this and was immediately put off of the idea of watching it. But at the suggestion of a friend I did, and boy am I glad. I think everyone can be a fan of a good pirate flick, and this had no shortage of Arrrs....seriously though Michael Bay putting his name on anything is just a bad idea...maybe he should change his name.
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It took 2 days for me to watch Episodes I-VIII. I've found my favorite pirates. And piratettes. Definitely a change from vampires and cops and aliens.
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I supposed I disagree as Eleanor is my favorite character. Her and Silver that is. Its like Silver said, when I first met her I thought she was weak and only realized later she is not someone you mess with. She's powerful with great influence, though it's fragile and easily lost. She's smart and uses her wits to battle, yet lets passion control her actions. It's that type of character depth, with all the flaws and strengths that really caused me to fall for this character.

All my hopes of Flint finding the Urca rests solely in the fact that I want Eleanor's plans to come into fruition.
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I didn't think Eleanor was weak, but I would like to see her take fight lessons from Anne. She really needs to come out with the secret dagger or one-shot.
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i really enjoyed this , when is season 2 expected to be out ?
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I didn't expect to enjoy this series, as all my friends dropped out after the first episode and told me how much I'd hate it, as a maritime historian. But, I recently got the chance to watch it on demand and actually really enjoyed the mix of fictional and historical pirates. I think that mix is what makes the historical inaccuracies easier to swallow. I'm hopeful that season 2 will follow the true history of Vane/Rackham and have Rackham depose Vane as captain and take over the position himself. Vane loaning out his ship and crew, only to have them slaughtered, ought to make it easy for Rackham to exploit the situation for his own benefit. But, the real strength of the show is Flint. For me, he hits the right notes for a true pirate. It will be interesting to see how the show takes these characters from their current situations to their Treasure Island selves. Hoping I can tune in for Season 2 (I don't usually have Starz!) to see how the story develops!
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They must of not watched the first episode at full. lol to many people expect action from the start.. which there was. but shit i was hooked right away.. I also have pirate's in my family tree from back in edward thatch's days.. if you dont know who that it.. Blackbeard. He was a real man sailed for 2 years before excepting a pardon from the king.

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I thought this series was great! I liked the fact that they didn't go for the easy option of just fix everything with a big battle and they gave the characters depth instead of cool lines and choreographed sword fights. I'd be interested to know if there was really that much politics which went on between the battles. I like the fact there's no clear good guy-bad guy or an awesomely skilled hero character, the main protagonist is either Flint or Silver; Flint's a bastard and Silver's a Weasel, but that just makes this show far more interesting. If you really want unrealistic plundering and blowing up of ships every episode then just play Assassins Creed 4 black flag or watch pirates of the Caribbean and drool over the action sequences.
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the Spanish galleon turning around and firing in all glory... that was a scene to behold.
Jerry Bruckheimer would had been proud of it.
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I have read this and read most of your comments not all but has no one noticed that this show is a prequel to Treasure Island so flint does get his gold and kills everyone except long john and billy is not dead because he gives the treasure map to Nathaniel Hawkins before dying of a heart attack.
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thats not till YEARS later.
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I think you're right. I also came to that conclusion the first episode.
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This just didn't grab me.
The only characters I ever seemed to like were Billy, Gates and Vane. Two are dead and one decided to go for early retirement. I'm algo going for early retirement in regards to watching this show.
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your an idiot. billy is NOT dead... go read treasure island moron
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Well, that reply only took 9 months.
Funny how you insult me, but don't know the difference between "your" and "you're".

Let me show you:
1. Your head is full of manure.
2. You're dumb and you're welcome.
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Question I have.

The Walrus was ship wrecked on the other side of the island, was that the Ranger that Flint saw off the coast behind the Urca de Lima?
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it was the spanish Man-o-war

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I believe that was the ship that sunk them.
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this is one f#cking awesome tv show
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Excellent first season. With the first episode, I was afraid the show was going to be nothing more than a show about soft-core porn with a pirates motif, but it clearly became more than that, and turned out to be one of the best shows I've ever watched, and the best pirate themed piece of entertainment ever.

But season two doesn't come out until 2015?!

That can't be right.
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it is right . they do new seasons of ANY shows Every year.. so season 1 came out in 2014 so now you have to wait till 2015 of this time. actually its prolly on stars now.,. some people amaze me
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Their shooting this show not far from my place, those to scale ship props have been standing alone for some time... 6months plus to date..
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I almost forgot all about pirates with the word "Justice" used too many times in this episode.

"We are about to do pirate stuff and sink a ship and all those shinies!"
"No !!!! We have to execute our captain first! Forget about pirate stuff"
"OMG we missed the best range to do real damage to the enemy, what to do what to do ?"
"We just die in peace and hope for the best, maybe Urca would miraculously drop in our lap, onto the shore in this case!"
"My god, you are right, we should always have these kinda mutinies and distrust, you never know an Urca might come crashed by nature!"
"Now we have to get all those shinies without a ship and a crew."
"Good luck us!"
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C'mon not Gates!!! he was a chill pirate. The ship battle was intense!! and looks like Randall has a new weapon in his asenal
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I feel like I was watching game of thrones. Every episode I expect pretty hardcore stuff to happen and I end up not seeing much because the show is really moving too slow. I feel like they don't have any budget left for action scenes and big battles. So they have to find some way to fill the episodes until the big finale battle. It was a good episode and a good series but I always feel like I'm missing something at the end of the day. Just like with GoT. Since I've been through the books, that may explain why...
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GoT has very few action scenes. The story is just miles/kilometers ahead better.
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Overall it's been too slow, I expected much more action. This was a good episode tho, but as many others I feel it didn't really cut it as a finale. And the land story.. It's just boring. Who cares who run the whorehouse and whatnot? And can someone please kill Eleanor Guthrie? She is top 5 annoying characters, ever. I'm no historian so I have no idea how correct it is, but the british accents and the way some characters talk really bothers me, especially Rackham and John Silver. It's just so "snoby" and it sounds like they're hosts or experts on some british show about antiques. When I saw the trailer and that Michael Bay had something to do with this show I expected alot more episodes like the finale.
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its the first season give it a chance damn.
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I have, I still watch it. First episode of the new season made me a bit more hopeful.
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A ordinary finale but probably expected as the season has it up and downs, I can't still cant figure why they still have the island story so boring. The bonny character in Vane crew was interesting half through the season now she gone back to type like max to one dimensional.
The arguing over the schedule and the prostitution racket couldn't care less. At least when they went on the high seas it was better but Flint character is flawed as well too predictable and the Vane storyline with the zz top guy pirate leader was laughable (Kill Bill 2 ) coffin dodger route. The season 2 really needs to dispatch characters early on otherwise it end up with like The Dome (guilty pleasure) ! Ohh Arggghh!
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The writers lost me when Dufrene stopped Flint's orders to fire. When Dufrene made the decision to go along with the plan he should have known there was no turning back. We are supposed to believe that Flint gambling and saying they were carrying Tobacco was the last straw from Dufrene. One problem ... The Spanish war ship is about to destroy the Ranger. Dufrene's decision makes no logical sense. What were they going to do just sit there and watch the Ranger be destroyed? Good call buddy.
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I've been thinking about that. True, it's not logical, but neither is cowardice (that's hormones, the "fight or flight" hormones to be precise). What I mean is, just because Dufresne survived participating in his first battle (after postponing that moment for what is suggested to have been many battles), and was even made quartermaster because of it, does not necessarily that he is suddenly completely conquered his fear of combat. People don't change that fast, and anyway, he only survived by basically losing h is mind, which is hardly a sign of mental stability more generally. I think Dufresne chose that most inopportune moment to betray Flint because, despite appearances to the contrary, he's still afraid of battle more than he admits to himself, and it caused him to act irrationally in that situation.
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loved the finale. i actually love eleanor's story. i wholeheartedly believe in her character trying to run nassau the way she wants to and get out of her fathers shadow and make people respect her and not think shes some whiny little girl. don't think i need to say i love flint's story with the urca because everyone knows it's brilliant but i do agree on the odd ending. it felt like there should be one more episode where they attack the urca's men on the beach to get the gold and perhaps it would end with them getting the gold and all the crew turning on flint. cliffhanger with them all pointing their guns at him. whatever. all in all, it was a fantastic season, much betetr than i expected. only problem is the length we have to wait for season 2.
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Harovan, You are talking about what male viewers might enjoy. However these showrunners realize that women make up 51% of the total population. That's right we are the majority and it's about time they start writing a variety of types of women, catering to what we'd might like to see. You talk as is men are the only ones that need to be pleased. Not what men think women are because we all know that men for the most part have no idea whatsoever when it comes to women. That has been the frame of thought for too long that they only write for what men want to see. It's time they start writing with women veiwrs in mind. We have had to put up with macho bull for ions.
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Remember , the Walrus was to start firing a few minutes earlier except the mutiny began and delayed firing.
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I dunno why show runners/writers never listen to viewers opinions about their insistence on filing their stories up with surly and/or whining passive aggressive women who generally fail to achieve their reason for being, which is to attract more women viewers to a show that is generally perceived to be a sausage fest, but they don't.

All that happens is those who can't stand the whining and pouting tune out while the character is onscreen and if it continues too much they stop watching the show.
This isn't a gender thing. Judging by the comments plenty of women have been enjoying the later episodes of Black Sails, yet all commenters here aren't happy with the time wasted on Eleanor's boring little mind games.

So this isn't sexism - Anne Bonney's character shows how to write parts for women in action stories that viewers will enjoy.
If you ask me what is sexist, is scriptwriters behaving as if all women are fans of soap operas where hours are wasted wondering who is up who and whose paying the rent!

We saw exactly the same problem in Grimm where Juliette, the character who is Nick's GF really p'd off about 90% of viewers for 2 and a half seasons thanks to a role that seemed to be confined to moping, moaning and bitching.
Lately Juliette has been taking a slightly more active role, but for me it is simply too little too late. First impressions really matter even on a TV show and I cannot stand watching any Grimm scene where Juliette does more than stand propping a wall or putting a bit of colour into the background. If that's not the case I just flip the switch - even commercials are easier on the eyeballs than the alternative.

So showrunner/writers: If whoever plays Eleanor is dear to someone funding the show & therefore cannot be flicked into the nearest soapie during the season break, I strongly suggest you get hard at work & give her a brace of pistols and a cutlass, while putting a lot of thought into how yer gonna make her transformation into an action heroine be credible to the viewers, cause Eleanor's current act is turning off viewers in droves.
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I just tried the tongue thing: you made my day - it was awesome, I'm still laughing!!!
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BOATS BOATS BOATS!-(HIMYM lol) Watching the epic battle scene with the Spanish galleon was 10/10, Michael Bay does it right when it comes to blowing stuff up, and this was no exception. If you weren't entertained watching at least those few minutes of television....you don't have a pulse.
It made perfect sense to Captain Flint that the "El Random Boat" would only be in those waters to escort the Urka. But why go and attack it? A Spanish Galleon...a Man of War, was easily the meanest ship on the sea at the time. 100 guns that were all bigger than the dozen guns on each ship. When those gun doors opened the look on Flint's face was priceless: he knew what was about to happen, and then it did. BOOM! No chance against that ship's guns.
Can't wait for season 2. Great show.
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Dude, what El Random Boat? It was a Spanish warship, sheesh.
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It was a good finale. The last few episodes had been good. I am into the politics of the show even more than the action so I give high marks for a series well done. There were a lot of characters and most of them are well written. I was not impressed with Luke Arnold or John Silver in the beginning but last few episodes, we see the character and the actor coming to live. I guess it was meant to be that way as we see John Silver rise from a small role. I think he will probably be the new number two for Flint.

The only complaint I had was Captain Vane. It seems he goes through all the troubles just to please a girl? I thought he was back for revenge !
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I'm considering not bothering with season 2, for a show about pirates only, what? 2 episodes took place OFF THE ISLAND?! and Billy just randomly dying, off camera if i remember correctly, makes me wonder if he is actually dead which is a stupid plotline. this show should've been a lot more than what it was.
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Billy isn't dead. Remember, he is an existing character in "Treasure Island". The show takes place before the events in the book.
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But do you think real pirates were always at sea - especially when they had a safe little harbour guarded by a fort to stay in? Historians may correct me if they please, but it seems to me that, between trading the stolen goods, spending the proceeds on drink and whores and whatnot, maintaining the ships and properly preparing for each mission...it seems to make perfect sense for them to reduce the actual time spent at sea hunting prey considerably. It would be different if they had no base, of course.
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It wasn't off camera. It was show that he got blown off the ship. He's still alive because it's Billy Bones. And everyone knows Billy survives to be part of the Treasure Island.

He'll come back for sure. And it's not a stupid plot-line, it was the entire catalyst for the mutiny we saw.
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Really? I was sure it was off-camera too. I will have to go back and check.

I've been assuming that he's alive too. When Flint woke up at the end of the episode and saw the quartermaster out of focus, I was sure that it was Billy standing over him, and I was wondering how the hell he got there.

I think it would have been appropriate to confirm that he's alive before the season was over.
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Ah, I see that you have already posted a correction below. We didn't get to see what happened to Billy.
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Ugh. I am angry Gates is dead, he was one of the few characters I truly enjoyed by the end of the season.

Overall, it was a good end to a good season. I hope S2 takes off because I sat through 8 hours of talking for that ending!
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I love this show, and the finale was great. I was afraid they'd end with us not knowing if Flint was alive or not, so I was glad they had the final scene on the beach. The main problem I had was Dufresne starting a mutiny at the moment they were about to open fire on the other ship. I thought he had more sense than that. Also, I'm sad Flint murdered Gates. He was a great character, and I will miss him.

Hopefully Billy Bones has washed up on a beach somewhere himself. Since they never showed his body, I don't believe he is dead.

I didn't care for John Silver during most of the season, he seemed kind of bland or something, but I think he has improved quite a bit over the last 2 or 3 episodes.
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I always suspect the Quaker Oats guy had a violent past. Here he is on a Man-of-War about to blow all the shit up:

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I can see how the ending might have felt a little anticlimactic to some, but I kind of liked it because it was a surprising twist. An all-out battle at sea with the Urca was what everyone expected, so the fact that the pirates now have to battle for the gold on land is something to look forward to.

Overall though I was disappointed with the season. Sure, it was only eight episodes, but so very little happened during them. The politics between the characters and attempts to outmanoeuvre others wasn't at all that exciting.

Now I have to go and find a pair of ocular iVisors. Damn, I'm so old-school that I'm still using a so called "screen" to watch TV.
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I really don't understand how you can create a prequel to a reasonably well-known book and then kill off a character that has quite a big part in that book (Billy).
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Is this supposed to be based on "Treasure Island"?
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Billy will almost definitely be back. Soap opera rules apply: if you don't see a body when a top player "dies," then he/she is not dead and will be back. Pretty sure Flint threw him overboard (a theory), so when they meet up again will be interesting. I could scour the Internet to see what Tom Hopper is doing next, but none of us needs to.
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Since the show is trying very hard to make us believe Flint threw Billy overboard it's much more likely he actually fell and will show up in time to save the Captain with this revelation next season. This is fiction 101 people.
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I think Billy let go and took his chances with the sea. He saw what happened during the spoiling of the ship tragedy. I think he knew that Flint was going to to have it out for him, since Flint has his own personal agenda. Besides, it will be quite a turn when Billy comes back to find Flint extremely chummy with Silver.
Flint and Silver need each other now and together they are going to pack the chests heavy. I want to see several seasons down the road when Silver has Flint so mixed up that he can't tell who has the more convoluted strategy to make off with the lions share of the booty.
My first prediction, next season Silver becomes quartermaster and either loses the eye or leg...I think they are foreshadowing to it with the peg leg playing such a big role in the finale.
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Didn't we actually see Billy get blown off the ship? I thought it was pretty obvious that it wasn't Flints doing, just that's what everyone believes.
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I just watched the scene again, and they leave it very purposefully ambiguous as to wether Flint did it or not, I was wrong.
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Fiction 101 doesn't work in the realm of complex characters who are pirates (this is graduate level complexity). I would not have believed Flint could do that (to a good man!) an episode ago, but we just witnessed him murder Gates. Yeah, Flint wasn't happy about it, but Gates... much less happy.
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He didn't want to kill Gates. If you notice he is the only one he begged forgiveness after killing. It's just Gates forced his hand when he threatened to no longer help and take the Ranger away.
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Why leave it ambiguous and not just show us Flint killing him then? It makes no sense that way. Pretty sure LaserWolf has the right of it.
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I don't think they killed Billy. Captain just tossed him into the ocean to kill him. And he thinks he did. But there was this other ship behind them so I think Billy will return in season 2.
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I actually think Flint told the truth here. I think Billy was so focused on confronting Flint, he slipped and fell off. For the most part (except for the page) flint has not actually lied to his crew. He's omitted some facts, but never really lies to them.
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That's what I'm assuming. But when he didn't come back on the last episode, I'm questioning it.
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The season was boring and too slow :( no action no thrills
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The truth is that there is no final till the final, people always look for the final feeling in the "season" but the only reason that "seasons" exist is that this show takes time to create! Same like Lord of the Rings first movie ended with them standing on top of a hill. Not everything has to end and feel like a finale! The pain of waiting an entire off-season is part of it. We can be happy we got shows like Black Sails, that dare tell a story in its own pace. Same goes for Games of Thrones, however, in this case you can read the books if you really want to know what happens next! Just to find out the writer, didn't write the damn ending yet or the last 2 books in the series and you stuck waiting again! Good story's take time just sit back and enjoy the ride even in the off season!
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the flint boat being attacked action was laughably bad. cut from cgi gunship attacking (which was decent) to stock footage of boat set being taken apart by fire-less explosions and extras flying in all directions over and over again.

I haven't liked flint since day one. I did however like gates, billy and even singleton. I'm divided on silver, I like him when he's a team player and not so much when he's not. so for the most part I care far more about rackham and vane than anyone else.

with perpetually boring and drawn out dialogue and action only making an appearance every other episode in an eight episode season I really don't expect this to outlive its second season.

I'm blown away by how easily amused the reviewer, commenters and poll voters appear to be.

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Actually, cannonballs don't explode. Unless the trigger gun powder kegs or kerosine barrels there won't be fire. So that was actually pretty accurate.
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You're right. There should be naval battles in every single episode. Just like Game of Thrones has at least one battle per episode. All these words are just confusing and make my brain go sleepy.
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Didn't like the "fire-less explosions" huh? Well tell me Mister, how is an IRON BALL shot into a WOODEN SHIP supposed to magically catch fire?? Unless it hits the magazine or something explosive it will just shred the boat sending slinters and "extras flying in all directions". The age of high explosive shells was not yet upon the world my friend. :)
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OTOH,the idea of Vane bombarding the town from above is ridiculous for exactly same reason. Very little damage would be incurred... See Treasure Island, Hispaniola bombarding the stockade. And the ships can always leave harbor for a bit. Sketchy bit of storytelling.
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Vane's goal was to either destroy the ships in harbor or as they came in. This would keep other ships away virtually destroying her business
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What a perfect response, and so true! We had yet to reach the more enlightened age of explosive warheads, grenades, napalm, V-X gas, Paveway bombs, Hellfire missiles, or even (get this) ICBM nuclear missiles that can destroy major cities half-a-world away. What a bunch of primitive idiots those pirates were back then!
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That thing absolutely SHREDDED both of their ships! What was the Spanish captain doing at that moment, enjoying a nice book with a fine glass of red?

Pretty spectacular episode, and I wouldn't exactly say I've been raising the flag (yay pun) for this show. I can without a doubt say I've enjoyed how every story line came to a climax here, even the ones that were far less interesting throughout the show.

Even the stuff happening with Rakham and Bonny, which has been just dragging so much (I love Anne Bonny as a historical figure and want to see more of her, but all she's been doing recently is either fucking Rakham or sneering at people while she eats something while carving it with her knife). But, here, Rakham was put into a hell of a position by Vane, and though he put on the face of regret, I firmly believe that he doesn't really think never being able to sail as a pirate again is necessarily a bad thing, especially considering that he has a successful venture and he would be much better off on land.

I WAS a little annoyed that it was the season finale, but the episode was so exceptional that I'll have to keep watching.
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I felt the same way in all regards, I have yet to care about anything happening on Nassau, the show shines when they're on the sea, the first few episode have paled in comparison the more recent ones that have had them on the open ocean. Can we please just get rid of Eleanor all together? I know you're trying to get us to like her, show, but we just don't. Does anyone? I don't know, but I just find her annoying and have been sick of her mewling and pouting since episode one.
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The problem is she got a resting bitch face
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My problem with Eleanor is her dialog. "fuck this" and "fuck that"! Every scene she has she seems to drop at least 1 f-bomb! And she's the only character written that way.
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Reviews-- Now With Fifty Percent More Pictures !!! Pictures are so much better than that annoying text stuff right? Perhaps, the first paragraph could be turned into a few emoticons and some short tweeter like text messages? That would be so awesome right? I mean then you could fit into the same length article like what another 5-10 pictures easily? Perhaps some with nudity! Dare I say it could be possible right?
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Black Sails is no "Spartacus on a boat".(we already know THAT)
The only way I can think of season 1 as a long prologue to a (already approved) more fun (hopefully) season 2.
I hope the writers get better in rithm,timing ,editing , developing arcs and characters .( They were lost most of the season ).
I like ambigous Flint , but it could be better written with more deep.Idk if Flint is deluded but seems all alone in his dream and manipulation of others.
Max , Bonnie,Silver character could be saved.Rackham is wasted not funny enough and wimp.
The annoying brat is beyond hope.Cap Vane's character was waving the entire season and ,I never really understood his arc.
And finally i understood Bones but Mr Gates why ,noooooo. I'll miss him.
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Amazing episode... But I didn't think it was the Finale NOOOOOOOOOOOO FML.

Well. The show has lived up to my expectations at the very least. I will eagerly wait for season 2 and the Treasure Island that awaits us.
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