“Black Sails – Season Three” (2016)
Running Time: 10 Hours Approx.
Created by: Robert Levine & Jonathan E. Steinberg
Featuring: Toby Stephens, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Hannah New, and Tom Hopper
“Take what’s yours!”
The story so far…
Black Sails is set approximately twenty years after the classic Treasure Island story and during the age of Piracy. Captain Flint brings on a younger crew member as they fight for the survival of New Providence island.
Real life pirates that are fictionalized in the show include Anne Bonny, Benjamin Hornigold, Jack Rackham, Charles Vane, Ned Low, and Blackbeard. The plot of the first season focuses on the hunt for the Spanish treasure galleon Urca de Lima. At the beginning of the second season, the treasure from the Urca de Lima has been stranded on the shores of Florida with Spanish soldiers guarding it, but by the conclusion of the second season, the treasure has been taken by Jack Rackham and his crew and brought to New Providence Island.
While also being able to look at the whole story and see completeness to everything. Vane began things in total alignment with Flint and Jack, but then had to abandon ship, as it were. Or, really, abandon Nassau after Eleanor returned with a fleet of ships looking for vengeance. From there Vane would then shun his pirate cohorts, but then return to embrace them – and the cause – whole heartedly with a touching, shocking sacrifice that he hoped would spark enough unrest to overthrow the invasion.
Jack, meanwhile, would continue to be my favorite character on the series. His decision to send a coded message to Anne, telling her not to turn over the gems, might be my favorite moment of the entire season, in fact. He just had so many great “underdog” speeches and scenes and I love Toby Schmitz’s performance as this eager-to-make-a-name character who’s devious but also devoted. And smartly loyal. And I loved how the show, by the finale, had positioned Jack to take over for Vane in a sense. Even perhaps at the side of Blackbeard (Ray Stevenson) in a “surrogate son” role.
This is a very good show and one that bears staying with through the beginning of season one – I look forward to season four after an excellent season three.