History Series / BlackSails

2nd May '17 6:44:17 AM Fyrmer
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* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Skeleton Island, the uncharted, supposedly cursed island which becomes the hiding place of Flint's treasure.
21st Apr '17 4:45:08 PM BlackJAC
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Vane Charles Vane]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Hornigold Benjamin Hornigold]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calico_Jack "Calico" Jack Rackham]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Bonny Anne Bonny]]. Season 3 adds [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbeard Edward "Blackbeard" Teach]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodes_Rogers Woodes Rogers]].

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Vane Charles Vane]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Hornigold Benjamin Hornigold]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calico_Jack "Calico" Jack Rackham]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Bonny Anne Bonny]]. Season 3 adds [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbeard Edward "Blackbeard" Teach]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodes_Rogers Woodes Rogers]]. The series finale introduces [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Read "Mark Read."]]
17th Apr '17 6:41:11 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Billy Bones and Long John Silver show a lot more morality than their counterparts in ''Treasure Island,'' where they are motivated almost purely by simple greed.
17th Apr '17 6:35:48 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* {{Prequel}}: The show is a prequel to ''Literature/TreasureIsland''. It reveals how Captain Flint put the Treasure Island got there and provides backstory for other characters from the book, including Long John Silver, Billy Bones, Israel Hands, and Ben Gunn.
17th Apr '17 6:18:08 PM CaptainCrawdad
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''Black Sails'' is a [[CostumeDrama historical drama]] airing on Starz, produced by Creator/MichaelBay (but don't let that deter you) and created by Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine. A prequel to ''Literature/TreasureIsland'', the series focuses on Captain Flint, his allies and his rivals during the Golden Age of piracy. It's meant to be a good deal DarkerAndEdgier than ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' and its like, and take up the mantle of Starz's signature show after ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus]]'' reached its end.

The series became extremely buzzy after the airing of the pilot at Comic Con, and thus was given a second season order well before the first began. The fourth and final season will air in 2017.

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''Black Sails'' is a [[CostumeDrama historical drama]] airing on Starz, produced by Creator/MichaelBay (but don't let that deter you) and created by Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine.Levine that aired on Starz. A prequel to ''Literature/TreasureIsland'', the series focuses on Captain Flint, his allies and his rivals during the Golden Age of piracy. It's meant to be a good deal DarkerAndEdgier than ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' and its like, and take up the mantle of Starz's signature show after ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus]]'' reached its end.

The series became extremely buzzy after the began airing of the pilot at Comic Con, in 2014 and thus was given a second concluded with its fourth season order well before the first began. The fourth and final season will air in 2017.
2017.
17th Apr '17 6:10:21 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AnachronismStew:
** Jack Rackham's RuleOfCool sunglasses are in fact Edwardian proto-safety goggles for railway users.
** The Walrus having a doctor on the crew is a downplayed example, as pirate crews generally didn't bother with a medical professional, and patched themselves up. Alarmingly, if a surgery was needed, the cook would be called for as they would have the most experience with delicate knife work. However, there were the occasional medical professionals, who were very valuable in the crews that were lucky to get ahold of one, so the ''Walrus'' having a surgeon is still within the realm of possibility.



** Jack Rackham's RuleOfCool sunglasses are in fact Edwardian proto-safety goggles for railway users.
** The Walrus having a doctor on the crew is a downplayed example, as pirate crews generally didn't bother with a medical professional, and patched themselves up. Alarmingly, if a surgery was needed, the cook would be called for as they would have the most experience with delicate knife work. However, there were the occasional medical professionals, who were very valuable in the crews that were lucky to get ahold of one, so the ''Walrus'' having a surgeon is still within the realm of possibility.



* BookEnds: In the first episode, John Silver hides from a battle with a cook, who asserts that he doesn't have to fight. In the final episode, Silver is participating in a battle and encounters a man hiding from battle who pleads that he's "just a cook." Silver's disgust with the man shows his CharacterDevelopment.
* BoomHeadshot: A pretty surprising one takes out [[spoiler: Miranda.]]



* BoomHeadshot: A pretty surprising one takes out [[spoiler: Miranda.]]



* CharacterDevelopment: John Silver goes from a cowardly opportunist trying to con his way through pirate life to a powerful and trusted quartermaster with a strong sense of honor.

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* CharacterDevelopment: John Silver goes from a cowardly opportunist trying to con his way through pirate life to a powerful and trusted quartermaster with a strong sense of honor.legendary pirate leader.



* ShownTheirWork: Despite many movies and shows, such as ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', using ships with rigging configurations from the late seventeen and early eighteen hundreds, this show takes pains to use the older configurations that were actually used in the era of piracy.

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Despite many movies and shows, such as ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', using ships with rigging configurations from the late seventeen and early eighteen hundreds, this show takes pains to use the older configurations that were actually used in the era of piracy.piracy.
** While much of Blackbeard's final combat is fiction, some details are taken from the actual account, such as [[spoilers:being surprised by a sudden attack of sailors emerging from below decks]].
17th Apr '17 6:01:21 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* NonActionGuy: For a pirate, Jack Rackham is a real wimp. His strength is cunning, while Anne Bonney does his fighting for him. He starts to toughen up a bit after he gets his own ship, though he's visibly pained during his first command on realising that the only way out of a difficult situation is for him to fight a rival, veteran captain in single combat. [[spoiler:He cheats, wins, then lies and schemes his way out of retribution by the other captain's crew.]]

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For a pirate, Jack Rackham is a real wimp. His strength is cunning, while Anne Bonney does his fighting for him. He starts to toughen up a bit after he gets his own ship, though he's visibly pained during his first command on realising that the only way out of a difficult situation is for him to fight a rival, veteran captain in single combat. [[spoiler:He cheats, wins, then lies and schemes his way out of retribution by the other captain's crew.]]
17th Apr '17 5:58:27 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* DeadpanSnarker: Jack Rackham, particularly during the negotiation between Flint and Vane during episode 3.

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Jack Rackham, particularly during the negotiation between Flint and Vane during episode 3.
17th Apr '17 5:57:54 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* DoomedByCanon: The fates of [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Historical Domain characters]] [[spoiler:Charles Vane, "Calico" Jack Rackham, and Anne Bonny]], assuming the show stays true to history. [[note]] Vane will be arrested in 1720, and then hanged in 1721 ([[spoiler:possibly making the last episode of season 3 1721]]). Rackham and Bonny will be captured in 1720; Rackham will be hanged, but Bonny will either be hanged after she gives birth or live to die of old age in 1782 (the record isn't clear which). If Mary Read appears, she will die during childbirth in 1720.[[/note]] Averted with Ned Low, who was last heard of in 1724 rather than decapitated by Vane in episode "XI."

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* DoomedByCanon: Zig-zagged. The fates show plays loose with the lives of [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Historical Domain characters]] its real-world characters, but some do share the fate of their historic counterparts: [[spoiler:Charles Vane, "Calico" Jack Rackham, and Anne Bonny]], assuming the show stays true to history. [[note]] Vane will be arrested in 1720, and then hanged in 1721 ([[spoiler:possibly making the last episode of season 3 1721]]). Rackham and Bonny will Blackbeard]]. Others may be captured in 1720; Rackham will be hanged, but Bonny will either be hanged doomed to meet their historic fate after she gives birth or live to die of old age in 1782 (the record isn't clear which). If Mary Read appears, she will die during childbirth in 1720.[[/note]] Averted with Ned Low, who was last heard of in 1724 rather than decapitated by Vane in episode "XI."the show's conclusion.
17th Apr '17 5:54:50 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** In the book, Silver has a wife of African descent who is [[TheGhost never portrayed]] but manages Silver's financial interests while he is away. Silver gets paired with a woman of African descent in season three, though it's to be seen if she's his wife-to-be.

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** In the book, Silver has a wife of African descent who is [[TheGhost never portrayed]] but manages Silver's financial interests while he is away. In season three, Silver gets paired with Madi, a woman of African descent in season three, though it's who is implied to be seen if she's become his wife-to-be.wife.



* CruelMercy: Claimed in-universe. In the first season finale, Vane decides not to kill Rackham and Anne Bonny for killing their own crew-mates. Instead, he'll tell everyone what they did, ensuring no one will ever sail with them again, which he claims is worse than death. They'll simply have to run a whorehouse, and never be pirates again. Of course, since a safe, comfortable and lucrative career isn't quite so awful, there's a good chance he's just using it as an excuse to not kill what might be the closest thing he has to friends.

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Claimed in-universe. In the first season finale, Vane decides not to kill Rackham and Anne Bonny for killing their own crew-mates. Instead, he'll tell everyone what they did, ensuring no one will ever sail with them again, which he claims is worse than death. They'll simply have to run a whorehouse, and never be pirates again. Of course, since a safe, comfortable and lucrative career isn't quite so awful, there's a good chance he's just using it as an excuse to not kill what might be the closest thing he has to friends.
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