BLACK SAILS [S4E1-3]

Oh shit. What the fuck happened last season on Black Sails. Oh that’s right, fucking everything. If you were not aware of my long and strange relationship with Starz original programming Black Sails, you can read a dozen articles or me going through conflicting emotions regarding pirate themed political drama. In the shadow of larger shows like Game of Thrones, Black Sails offers the off brand variety for fantasy drama that is filled with violence, sex, deception, intrigue from an ensemble cast that weave multiple storylines like a goddamn maypole….

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BLACK SAILS [S3E10]

Score: 8/9 Hammers Alright the end of Black Sails season 3. Let us catch up on where we are in the wild and wonderful world of irate pirates, aka Black Sails. Charles Vane is dead. I know, I have talked much about how this show sometimes hangs out in the doldrums and never shifts its large cast of characters, but my goodness, they actually killed an important character. For now. This sets into motion the large plot for upcoming season 4, which is the piratical (hopefully that is a word)…

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BLACK SAILS [S3E06-09]

Our editor Brendan is really into Black Sails. In fact he has fallen so in love with this show he reviewed Treasure Island as sort of celebration and also extended interest. I hope this does not put any pressure on me. One could say our tiny little office is now covered in various piratical paraphernalia including flintlocks, tattered flags, and some sort of awful combination of rum and juice water. If that does not show dedication, I do not know what does. Brendan’s enthusiasm for the show has sort of…

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BLACK SAILS [S3E02-05]

I have talked at length, and possibly ad nauseum, about the complexities that makeup the Starz original series Black Sails. Only by stopping for a moment before jumping into a marathon session of the third season did I begin to appreciate what those complexities are. Black Sails is a prequel to the children’s story Treasure Island, and even though the story has some mature elements, it is still a far cry from the violence and deplorable climate of Black Sails. However, for this reason, one can take solace in the…

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television review: BLACK SAILS [S3E01]

BLACK SAILS [S3E01] Aired: January 23rd 2016 Produced By: Michael Bay Directed By: Alik Sakharov Starring: Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold Website: IMDB Score: 6/9 Hammers Oh fuck, what in the hell happened during the last two seasons of Starz series Black Sails? Well, if you have just watched the previous two recently, this whole series is sending you 60 miles down a careening hill and you do not need a recap. If you are like me and it’s been a year since you sailed the high seas, the…

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television review: BLACK SAILS [S2 E8-E10]

BLACK SAILS [S2 E8-E10] Aired: March 14, 2015 – March 28, 2015 Produced By: Michael Bay Directed By: Clark Johnson / Stefan Schwartz Starring: Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold Website: IMDB Score: 6/9 Hammers If anything can be summarized by my series of reviews of the Starz television series, Black Sails, it is that it is unpredictable, similar to a violent ocean that throws its viewers to and fro. By the close of the second season the show’s producers allowed everything to fly and characters to meet logical conclusions….

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Television Review: BLACK SAILS [S2 E5-E7]

BLACK SAILS [S2 E5-E7] Aired: February 21, 2015 – March 7, 2015 Produced By: Michael Bay Directed By: Clark Johnson / Stefan Schwartz Starring: Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold Website: IMDB Score: 5/9 Hammers Brenden, the editor here at Hollywood Metal, recently asked me how I was liking the second season of the STARZ show Black Sails. I honestly couldn’t answer because I do not know. This pirate themed historical fantasy has been one of the more schizophrenic shows in my recent memory, similar to a freeway collision of…

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Television Review: BLACK SAILS [S2 E2-E4]

BLACK SAILS [S2 E2-E4] Aired: January 31, 2015 – February 14, 2015 Produced By: Michael Bay Directed By: Clark Johnson / Stefan Schwartz Starring: Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold Website: IMDB Score: 6/9 Hammers Even though I am dismissive about large swathes of the Starz show Black Sails, this does not mean it does not have the possibility to ensnare attention. By the first couple episodes of the second season, the characters, in all of their misadventures, become comforting if anything because they never change. What evolution occurs, does…

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review: BLACK SAILS [S02E01]

BLACK SAILS [S2E1] Aired: January 25, 2014 Produced By: Michael Bay Directed By: Steve Boyum Starring: Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold Website: IMDB Score: 5/9 Hammers [yop_poll id=”48″] I completely forgot I had watched the entire first Season of Black Sails until Brendan, the editor, told me about Season 2. I believe this is standard practice to release one season in a year, but the space between the close of Black Sails Season 1 and the premiere of Season 2 feels like an eternity. If I remember correctly I…

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television review: CROSSBONES [S1 E1]

CROSSBONES [S1 E1] Aired: May 2014 Produced By: Rudd Simmons Directed By: Ciaran Donnelly Starring: John Malkovich, Richard Coyle Website: IMDB Score: 5/9 Hammers Just to warn you, I’ll be spoiling this show with reckless abandon, but like a really good painting or a really bad tattoo, it’s not something you can describe with generalities. With Game of Thrones season 4 enjoying record viewing figures, it’s unsurprising that a litter of mediocre sort-of-historical dramas have been spawned for us to fawn over. NBC’s latest offering Crossbones is probably the most…

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Television Review: BLACK SAILS [S1 E6-E8]

BLACK SAILS [S1 E6-E8] Aired: February, 2014 Produced By: Michael Bay Directed By: Neil Marshall Starring: Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold Website: IMDB Score: 5/9 Hammers I have always been under the impression that my lukewarm feelings for the Starz original drama Black Sails would change. In fact, if we to go with a sailing metaphor, the winds could alter direction at a moments notice and favorable currents would send us sailing smoothly along. I am not going to make any conclusions here but, suffice to say, the things…

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Television Review: BLACK SAILS [S1 E2-E5]

BLACK SAILS [S1 E2-E5] Aired: February, 2014 Produced By: Michael Bay Directed By: Neil Marshall Starring: Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold Website: IMDB Score: 6/9 Hammers I feel I was a little harsh on the first episode of Starz new original series Black Sails. Most of my judgement was hinged on the difference of pulp versus reality and that Black Sails couldn’t decide on which shore to land. The rest of the series, however, may change as 55 minutes of television series is vastly different than 55 minutes of…

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Television Review: BLACK SAILS [S1E1]

BLACK SAILS [S1E1] Aired: January 25, 2014 Produced By: Michael Bay Directed By: Neil Marshall Starring: Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold Website: IMDB Score: 4/9 Hammers I was wondering what Hollywood Metal encompasses in terms of content. We can certainly do fantasy, which involves power metal, comics, and film but what of other things? What about other speculative fiction such as science, adventure, and period fiction? This question was broached after watching the first episode of Starz new series Black Sails, a historical drama centered around the exploits of…

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