History Series / BlackSails

4th Jul '17 9:27:45 PM karategal
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* ArcWords: "As always, to traitors." Though it's not said as often as some examples of this trope, the concept repeatedly arises in regards to the philosophical struggle for Nassau. Whenever someone betrays the pirate brethren of Nassau, such as Richard Guthrie in season 2, [[spoiler:or all the pirate captains save Vane, Rackham, and Flint in season 3,]] they are killed and publicly displayed accompanied by the words, "as always, to traitors."

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* ArcWords: "As always, to traitors." Though it's not said as often as some examples of this trope, the concept repeatedly arises in regards to the philosophical struggle for Nassau. Whenever someone betrays the pirate brethren of Nassau, such as Richard Guthrie in season Season 2, [[spoiler:or all the pirate captains save Vane, Rackham, and Flint in season Season 3,]] they are killed and publicly displayed accompanied by the words, "as always, to traitors."



** Silver is sporting one of his own by season 3.

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** Silver is sporting one of his own by season Season 3.



* BiTheWay: Eleanor, Max, Anne Bonny, Flint and Hamilton.

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* BiTheWay: Eleanor, Max, Anne Bonny, Flint Flint, and Hamilton.



** In the book, Silver has lost his leg up to his hip, using a crutch to move around. [[spoiler:In the show, he loses his leg below the knee in season two and is warned in season three that if he doesn't start using a crutch, he'll lose more of his leg.]]
** Silver's nickname "Long John" makes its first appearance in season three. It's explained as [[spoiler:a threat to those who cross him that his memory is long, and he won't forget their insult]].
** 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 who is implied to become his wife.

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** In the book, Silver has lost his leg up to his hip, using a crutch to move around. [[spoiler:In the show, he loses his leg below the knee in season two Season 2 and is warned in season three Season 3 that if he doesn't start using a crutch, he'll lose more of his leg.]]
** Silver's nickname "Long John" makes its first appearance in season three.Season 3. It's explained as [[spoiler:a threat to those who cross him that his memory is long, and he won't forget their insult]].
** 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, Season 3, Silver gets paired with Madi, a woman of African descent who is implied to become his wife.



** The battle in the season 4 premiere ends up being a massive defeat for [[spoiler: Flint]]. He loses two ships and most of his men are killed or captured.

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** The battle in the season Season 4 premiere ends up being a massive defeat for [[spoiler: Flint]]. He loses two ships and most of his men are killed or captured.



** The entirety of season 2 is revealed as this for just about everybody concerned with the Urca gold plot, with John Silver manipulating events to make sure he wins out overall. [[spoiler:However, losing his leg forced him to re-evaluate having the gold versus being the Quartermaster to a loyal crew. He even says as much to Flint when he owns up to his schemes in season 3.]]

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** The entirety of season Season 2 is revealed as this for just about everybody concerned with the Urca ''Urca'' gold plot, with John Silver manipulating events to make sure he wins out overall. [[spoiler:However, losing his leg forced him to re-evaluate having the gold versus being the Quartermaster to a loyal crew. He even says as much to Flint when he owns up to his schemes in season Season 3.]]



* DoomMagnet: A discussed trope in the season 3 finale: John Silver notes that those closest to Flint have all died, and suspects that it's Flint's very actions that bring about their doom. He worries for his safety, given that he's now Flint's closest confidant and wonders if he'll have to kill Flint someday to save himself.
* DramaticIrony: In season 3 Billy brings back the Black Spot, a mostly forgotten pirate superstition, and uses it to terrorize those who have abandoned the pirate cause. The plot of ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' starts with a much older Billy receiving a Black Spot and dying from terror.

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* DoomMagnet: A discussed trope in the season Season 3 finale: John Silver notes that those closest to Flint have all died, and suspects that it's Flint's very actions that bring about their doom. He worries for his safety, given that he's now Flint's closest confidant and wonders if he'll have to kill Flint someday to save himself.
* DramaticIrony: In season 3 Season 3, Billy brings back the Black Spot, a mostly forgotten pirate superstition, and uses it to terrorize those who have abandoned the pirate cause. The plot of ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' starts with a much older Billy receiving a Black Spot and dying from terror.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: During Flint's sex scene with Miranda in season 1, he looks bored and disinterested. [[spoiler:Come the finale, we know why.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: During Flint's sex scene with Miranda in season Season 1, he looks bored and disinterested. [[spoiler:Come the finale, we know why.]]



* NeverFoundTheBody: Happens a LOT. [[spoiler:Billy Bones, John Silver, Madi, Thomas Hamilton]] On this show, someone isn't dead until they're dead on screen.

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* NeverFoundTheBody: Happens a LOT. [[spoiler:Billy Bones, John Silver, Madi, Thomas Hamilton]] Hamilton]]. On this show, someone isn't dead until they're dead on screen.



* NoHonorAmongThieves: This is a major problem for Flint and his allies in enacting their plan for Nassau. The pirate crews will cooperate only as long as it is in their best interests and will turn on Flint and each other as soon as the situation changes. In season 3, Flint's grand pirate alliance crumbles in a matter of minutes when the other pirates find out that [[spoiler:Woodes Rogers is offering a full pardon to any pirate who abandons Flint's cause. Flint not being present and presumed dead didn't help matters.]]

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* NoHonorAmongThieves: This is a major problem for Flint and his allies in enacting their plan for Nassau. The pirate crews will cooperate only as long as it is in their best interests and will turn on Flint and each other as soon as the situation changes. In season Season 3, Flint's grand pirate alliance crumbles in a matter of minutes when the other pirates find out that [[spoiler:Woodes Rogers is offering a full pardon to any pirate who abandons Flint's cause. Flint not being present and presumed dead didn't help matters.]]



** In the season 3 premiere, three brothers confront the man who run out on a marriage promise to their sister. They discover that their sister lied about the identity of the would-be-husband and that they have just drawn their weapons against Blackbeard.

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** In the season Season 3 premiere, three brothers confront the man who run out on a marriage promise to their sister. They discover that their sister lied about the identity of the would-be-husband and that they have just drawn their weapons against Blackbeard.



* RealityEnsues: In season 3 the pirates have finally secured the treasure but their dreams of a new Nassau are hitting massive roadblocks that no amount of gold can solve. Further, their actions have caused people with real power in Britain to take notice of the pirate problem which means that a big anti-piracy crackdown is coming their way.

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* RealityEnsues: In season 3 Season 3, the pirates have finally secured the treasure but their dreams of a new Nassau are hitting massive roadblocks that no amount of gold can solve. Further, their actions have caused people with real power in Britain to take notice of the pirate problem which means that a big anti-piracy crackdown is coming their way.



* SeadogPegLeg: [[spoiler:John Silver loses the lower part of his leg at the end of season 2. In season 3 he is using a metal peg leg to move about. He is warned that he should be using a crutch instead since the amputation is still too recent for him to use a peg leg. He risks reopening the wound and losing the rest of his leg.]]
* SettingUpdate: A rare reverse example, in that it pushes the setting of ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' BACK in time. WordOfGod is that the show begins about twenty years before the timeframe of the novel - which would place the events of ''Treasure Island'' about 1735; the book is in fact set in 1760 (it's understandable that they'd want to bring in all the famous pirates who were around in the 1710s, though.)

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* SeadogPegLeg: [[spoiler:John Silver loses the lower part of his leg at the end of season Season 2. In season 3 Season 3, he is using a metal peg leg to move about. He is warned that he should be using a crutch instead since the amputation is still too recent for him to use a peg leg. He risks reopening the wound and losing the rest of his leg.]]
* SettingUpdate: A rare reverse example, in that it pushes the setting of ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' BACK in time. WordOfGod is that the show begins about twenty years before the timeframe of the novel - -- which would place the events of ''Treasure Island'' about 1735; the book is in fact set in 1760 (it's understandable that they'd want to bring in all the famous pirates who were around in the 1710s, though.)



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivered by John Silver in episode 7 of season 3 to the pirates in Nassau who took the King's pardon after pledging to defend it against England.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivered by John Silver in episode Episode 7 of season Season 3 to the pirates in Nassau who took the King's pardon after pledging to defend it against England.



** John Silver refuses to tell Flint the Urca's entire course, convinced Flint will kill him if he does. When Flint points out he could do that once they ''do'' capture the Urca, Silver comments he's hoping "they'll be friends by that point". Ultimately Silver proves useful to Eleanor, so she tells Flint she expects Silver to survive.
** As of the end of Episode 7, the crew, headed by Dufresne, the new quartermaster, decide to kill Flint after the Urca's prize is captured. This is shared with Mr. Gates, who, in light of his recent misgivings with the captain, consents to the plan.

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** John Silver refuses to tell Flint the Urca's ''Urca's'' entire course, convinced Flint will kill him if he does. When Flint points out he could do that once they ''do'' capture the Urca, ''Urca'', Silver comments he's hoping "they'll be friends by that point". Ultimately Ultimately, Silver proves useful to Eleanor, so she tells Flint she expects Silver to survive.
** As of the end of Episode 7, the crew, headed by Dufresne, the new quartermaster, decide to kill Flint after the Urca's ''Urca's'' prize is captured. This is shared with Mr. Gates, who, in light of his recent misgivings with the captain, consents to the plan.
17th Jun '17 8:52:31 AM starbird
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** Silver is sporting one of his own by season 3.



*** And also, from the pilot, "Blackbeard".



** Flint also counts; by pirate standards, he's very well-educated, and is known for collecting books of all sorts.



** In the book, Silver has lost his leg up to his hip, using a crutch to move around. [[spoiler:In the show, he loses his foot in season two and is warned in season three that if he doesn't start using a crutch, he'll lose more of his leg.]]

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** In the book, Silver has lost his leg up to his hip, using a crutch to move around. [[spoiler:In the show, he loses his foot leg below the knee in season two and is warned in season three that if he doesn't start using a crutch, he'll lose more of his leg.]]



* CampStraight: Jack Rackham is foppish, not very good in a fight, and more cultured than normal for a pirate, but he's completely straight.

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* CampStraight: Jack Rackham is foppish, not very good in a fight, and more cultured than normal for a pirate, but he's completely straight. only ever shown to be interested in women (and mainly just Anne).



** Rackham ends up dealing one out to [[spoiler: Rogers. Instead of killing him, he captures him with Flint's help and forces him to sign a treaty to end the war, and then gets Eleanor's grandmother to buy Rogers' debts and force a default, so that he's tried and imprisoned for the rest of his life, with all of his failures becoming a matter of public record.]]

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** Rackham ends up dealing one out to [[spoiler: Rogers. Instead of killing him, he captures him with Flint's help and forces him to sign a treaty to end the war, and then gets Eleanor's grandmother to buy Rogers' debts and force a default, so that he's tried and imprisoned for the rest of his life, imprisoned, with all of his failures becoming a matter of public record.]]
7th Jun '17 11:08:46 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Moreover, history says [[KarmaHoudini Woodes Rogers]] [[spoiler: got his debts forgiven (presumably by Madame Gurthie's heirs, considering she was already elderly) and was released from prison within a year, gained fame and influence again by writing a successful book titled ''A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates'', got a cushy pension from the king retroactive to the point when he lost his governor job, and then was appointed governor of Nassau again only 7 years after the end of the show. So even Max is completely screwed. Let's just pretend she's the one who arranged Bonny's historical mysterious vanishing from a Jamaican prison before she could get hanged with Jack, and that the two eventually managed to disappear into anonymity somewhere.]]
7th Jun '17 11:08:13 AM CaptainCrawdad
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*** If the show had had another season, that probably would have ended up coming back to bite him, since historically, [[spoiler: Rogers was out of prison again within a year and back as governor of Nassau just 7 years later, and Jack historically got captured and hanged - by the governor of Jamaica, but the show could easily have made that part of Roger's revenge.]]
7th Jun '17 11:07:05 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Anne helps Max induce an abortion after she's [[ChildByRape impregnated due to being repeatedly raped]]. It's portrayed sympathetically, even as a [[PetTheDog touching gesture from Anne]], who up to this point hadn't shown a soft side.
** All she did was douche Max' vagina with lemon water shortly after the gang rape, in an effort to flush out the sperm. That's not abortion, just an old-timey way of contraception. In fact, it was implied that this is a standard post-sex hygiene procedure in the brothel, since it was the brothel madam who brought the douche nozzle and water and started doing it (too roughly) at first.
31st May '17 9:55:06 AM Smeagol17
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** Moreover, history says [[KarmaHoudini Woodes Rogers]] [[spoiler: got his debts forgiven (presumably by Madame Gurthie's heirs, considering she was already elderly) and was released from prison within a year, gained faim and influence again by writing a successful book titled ''A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates'', got a cushy pension from the king retroactive to the point when he lost his governor job, and then was appointed governor of Nassau again only 7 years after the end of the show. So even Max is completely screwed. Let's just pretend she's the one who arranged Bonny's historical mysterious vanishing from a Jamaican prison before she could get hanged with Jack, and that the two eventually managed to disappear into anonymity somewhere.]]

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** Moreover, history says [[KarmaHoudini Woodes Rogers]] [[spoiler: got his debts forgiven (presumably by Madame Gurthie's heirs, considering she was already elderly) and was released from prison within a year, gained faim fame and influence again by writing a successful book titled ''A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates'', got a cushy pension from the king retroactive to the point when he lost his governor job, and then was appointed governor of Nassau again only 7 years after the end of the show. So even Max is completely screwed. Let's just pretend she's the one who arranged Bonny's historical mysterious vanishing from a Jamaican prison before she could get hanged with Jack, and that the two eventually managed to disappear into anonymity somewhere.]]



** 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]].

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** While much of Blackbeard's final combat is fiction, some details are taken from the actual account, such as [[spoilers:being [[spoiler: being surprised by a sudden attack of sailors emerging from below decks]].
30th May '17 2:10:24 AM VioletVisions
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** All she did was douche Max' vagina with lemon water shortly after the gang rape, in an effort to flush out the sperm. That's not abortion, just an old-timey way of contraception. In fact, it was implied that this is a standard post-sex hygiene procedure in the brothel, since it was the brothel madam who brought the douche nozzle and water and started doing it (too roughly) at first.
30th May '17 2:03:52 AM VioletVisions
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** And also why he was so pissed when Miranda showed that book to Eleanor's father. [[It has a loving inscription from Thomas to James that would have outed Flint, at least if Mr. Guthrie is aware of his first name.]]

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** And also why he was so pissed when Miranda showed that book to Eleanor's father. [[It [[spoiler: It has a loving inscription from Thomas to James that would have outed Flint, at least if Mr. Guthrie is aware of his first name.]]
30th May '17 2:02:26 AM VioletVisions
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** Rackham ends up dealing one out to [[spoiler: Rodgers. Instead of killing him, he captures him with Flint's help and forces him to sign a treaty to end the war, and then gets Eleanor's grandmother to buy Rodgers' debts and force a default, so that he's tried and imprisoned for the rest of his life, with all of his failures becoming a matter of public record.]]

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** Rackham ends up dealing one out to [[spoiler: Rodgers. Rogers. Instead of killing him, he captures him with Flint's help and forces him to sign a treaty to end the war, and then gets Eleanor's grandmother to buy Rodgers' Rogers' debts and force a default, so that he's tried and imprisoned for the rest of his life, with all of his failures becoming a matter of public record.]]
*** If the show had had another season, that probably would have ended up coming back to bite him, since historically, [[spoiler: Rogers was out of prison again within a year and back as governor of Nassau just 7 years later, and Jack historically got captured and hanged - by the governor of Jamaica, but the show could easily have made that part of Roger's revenge.
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** And also why he was so pissed when Miranda showed that book to Eleanor's father. [[It has a loving inscription from Thomas to James that would have outed Flint, at least if Mr. Guthrie is aware of his first name.]]
30th May '17 1:47:14 AM VioletVisions
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* BitterSweetEnding: [[spoiler: Silver sabotages the war effort and brings about peace, bringing an end to the carnage of Flint's rebellion. In doing so he betrays his only true friend and the woman he loves, and while she stays with him, it's implied he's irreparably damaged that relationship. Flint is reunited with Thomas and the two embrace and kiss, but are condemned to live the rest of their life as prisoners in an internment camp. Billy survives but spends the rest of his life a broken man afraid that his former crewmates will find him and exact retribution for his betrayal. Rackham and Bonny are together and still pirating but their historical fate is waiting for them over the horizon.]]

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* BitterSweetEnding: [[spoiler: Silver sabotages the war effort and brings about peace, bringing an end to the carnage of Flint's rebellion. In doing so he betrays his only true friend and the woman he loves, and while she stays with him, it's implied he's irreparably damaged that relationship. Flint is reunited with Thomas and the two embrace and kiss, but are condemned to live the rest of their life as prisoners in an internment a labor camp. Billy survives but spends the rest of his life a broken man afraid that his former crewmates will find him and exact retribution for his betrayal. Rackham and Bonny are together and still pirating but their historical fate is waiting for them over the horizon.]]
** Moreover, history says [[KarmaHoudini Woodes Rogers]] [[spoiler: got his debts forgiven (presumably by Madame Gurthie's heirs, considering she was already elderly) and was released from prison within a year, gained faim and influence again by writing a successful book titled ''A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates'', got a cushy pension from the king retroactive to the point when he lost his governor job, and then was appointed governor of Nassau again only 7 years after the end of the show. So even Max is completely screwed. Let's just pretend she's the one who arranged Bonny's historical mysterious vanishing from a Jamaican prison before she could get hanged with Jack, and that the two eventually managed to disappear into anonymity somewhere.
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