TV REVIEW: Black Sails Season 1, Episode 8 – “VIII.”

The season finale is upon us! The journey toward the Urca is a stormy one – will Flint and his crew claim their prize?

There’s a storm at sea, which is fitting for the tension that’s building as the ships draw closer to the Urca. Things come to a head when they find a Spanish war ship instead of treasure, and the Walrus and Ranger are pretty handily defeated in battle. However, just when things look bleakest for Flint, things take a turn for the better.

Back on Nassau, things are looking great for Rackham until Vane makes his return. The captain is quick to call them out on what they’ve done, leaving their future as pirates uncertain. Vane also tries to make things difficult for Eleanor, forcing her into an uncomfortable alliance.

A very satisfying finale overall, even if some important questions remain unanswered.

Alright, let me get it out of my system…where’s Billy??? His fate remains a gaping hole in the story line that I really wish the writers had addressed. And it would have gone a long way toward soothing the blow landed by – SPOILER – the loss of Gates.

Yes, that’s right. All season we’ve been treated to a did-he-or-didn’t-he view of Flint’s actions – did he or didn’t he kill Morley? Did he or didn’t he kill Billy? This time, we actually watched him kill Gates to keep him from influencing the crew against Flint’s orders. It’s really a turning point for Flint, and for the episode, as things rapidly went downhill quickly from there. Now we know that there is absolutely nothing that Flint wouldn’t do to get what he wants. A very unsatisfying death for a good man.

Of course, despite Dufresne’s best efforts, Flint saved in the end by the fact that he was right about the Urca. He also had a little help from a surprising source in John Silver. I have to hand it to the guy, he really knows how to work a crowd to his advantage. He’s been on shaky ground with Flint and the crew this entire time, yet he’s still breathing while so many others aren’t.

Poor Rackham – for someone so clever, he’s made an awful lot of bad decisions this season. Things were looking so good at the beginning of the episode, and then he got cocky and it bit him in the ass. I am hoping that next season they bring him back to the snarky, witty Rackham we saw earlier in the season. This discarded, lowly version isn’t nearly as entertaining.

While it felt a bit slow at times, I enjoyed this first season overall. The show really excels when the crews are where they belong – at sea. Hopefully we’ll see more of that next season, as opposed to the politics that go on at Nassau.

Season 2 of Black Sails will hit our televisions in 2015. If we’re lucky, though, we’ll get another sneak peak at SDCC in July.

 

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Mirjana

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One comment

  1. jim h /

    What ship was in the bay with the urca just another guard ship and what happen to flints other ship and what happen to the Spanish ship that kicked flints ass just gave up and let it go flints ship was still floating why would they stop so so many questions still to be answered. why were some off the urcas gold boxes filed with sand????

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