When I learned today that there are just eight episodes to this series — I have two left to go — I basically screamed like Captain Flint, above.
Really, this series is badder than Breaking Bad.
There are so many characters, so many twists in the plot and intrigues for each character, that this has the feel of an epic novel or an hours-long movie.
If you’re wondering where the strong women are on TV, they’re in Black Sails!
Eleanor Guthrie is in the empire business in a way that makes Walter White look like an amateur.
And there’s never been a character on TV like Anne Bonny. Enigmatic, seemingly always in shadows, she doesn’t say much. But when she does, obey or you die.
Every performance in this series is flawless. Movie-quality. So are the costuming, art direction, and cinematography. You can feel the wood and leather and just about touch the spray of the sea and smell the salt.
I know Starz promoted the hell out of this across several of their channels. I think that was a bit of a mistake. Too much promotion tends to annoy people. I know I was annoyed, but I gave it a shot anyway. Starz needs to throttle back and let word of mouth from viewers — such as this — do the talking.
Whatever your preconceptions might be about pirates, forget them. This is unlike anything you’d associate with the images that are in your head. This is the real thing, where the brutality of surviving in a system that’s made you an outcast is shown full force.
Just two more episodes. And then I don’t know what I’ll do until the second season airs!
For the rest of you, there are just eight hours to catch between now and then. Do it!