Black Sails Episode Reviews

New reviews are posted every Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. PST.

Season 1

Episode 1 – I

Episode 2 – II

Episode 3 – III

Episode 4 – IV

Episode 5 – V

Episode 6 – VI

Episode 7 – VII

Episode 8 – VIII

Season 2

Episode 1 – IX

Episode 2 – X

Episode 3 – XI

Episode 4 – XII

Episode 5 – XIII

Episode 6 – XIV

Episode 7 – XV

Episode 8 – XVI

Episode 9 – XVII

Episode 10 – XVIII

Season 3

Episode 1 – XIX

Episode 2 – XX

Episode 3 – XXI

Episode 4 – XXII

Episode 5 – XXIII

Episode 6 – XXIV

Episode 7 – XXV

Episode 8 – XXVI

Episode 9 – XXVII

Episode 10 – XXVIII

Season 4

Episode 1 – XXIX

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Black Sails Season 4 Episode 1 Review – XXIX

The invasion of Nassau meets with catastrophe.  Teach and Rackham seek revenge for the death of Charles Vane.  Eleanor adjusts to her new role. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT Flint prepares for battle by ruminating on Scripture and the nature of man.  Reader, I LOVE HIM. TODAY’S RUNNER UP Anne!  She is the voiceContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 3 Episode 10 Review – XXVIII

Rogers and his forces come for the pirates.  Rackham and Bonny face impossible odds.  Silver demands answers from Flint.  Billy crowns a king. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT Flint stares down a charging horse, kneels, reloads his gun, and shoots Hornigold dead.  This is just so perfectly symbolic of how unstoppable he is despiteContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 3 Episode 9 Review – XXVII

Eleanor puts everything on the line to save Rogers.  Billy recruits allies.  Flint and Silver prepare for war. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT Flint parallel parks a ship incredibly close to shore by delivering calm orders to fearful men, then stares down Hornigold with the most badass “you could never” look. TODAY’S RUNNER UPContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 3 Episode 8 Review – XXVI

Rogers comes under attack while moving a prisoner.  Violence erupts on the Walrus.  Silver and Madi are put to a test.  Billy sees a new role for himself in the coming battle. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT That first scene between Flint and Vane in Miranda’s house is so great.  I love Flint’s growingContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 3 Episode 7 Review – XXV

Flint and Silver return to Nassau, and a legend is born.  A change in terms put Rackham and Bonny in jeopardy.  Vane’s mission evolves.  Eleanor confides in Rogers. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT The entire scene in which Flint and Woodes Rogers face off is A+ Excellent, but the part that really destroys myContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 3 Episode 6 Review – XXIV

Flint challenges Teach over the future of piracy.  Rogers makes an arrest.  Rackham finds new purpose.  Madi comes to Silver’s aid. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT His face, I think, just after he’s shot Teach.  He looks so shocked that he might have actually won the duel, and so easily.  Of course, nothing isContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 3 Episode 5 Review – XXIII

Facing certain death, Silver pushes Flint to take action.  Teach shows Vane a way forward.  A new threat puts Eleanor and Rogers on notice.  Max makes her play. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT The amount of times I shouted “I LOVE YOU” and cursed at my TV screen in overwhelmed emotion during Flint’s “IContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 3 Episode 4 Review – XXII

Civilization returns to Nassau, and sets its sights on Vane.  Flint, Silver, and Billy encounter a new enemy.  Rackham takes a stand against his crew.  Scott finds his place in the new regime. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT Silver questions why Flint is even entertaining Billy’s plan to escape into the trap-laden jungle, toContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 3 Episode 3 Review – XXI

Stranded at sea, Flint pushes Silver to his limit.  As Nassau prepares to repel an invasion, Rackham takes the reins, while Max gets her house in order.  To stave off defeat, Vane makes a difficult choice. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT After killing the two crewmen accused of stealing rations (even after hallucinating oneContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 3 Episode 2 Review – XX

The Walrus crew battles the elements.  Teach and Rackham have a disagreement.  Rogers and Eleanor set terms for their partnership.  Bonny fears for her future with Max. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT TODAY’S RUNNER UP Max!  I love her in this episode, both for her practicality when it comes to preparing for the futureContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 3 Episode 1 Review – XIX

Flint and his crew wage war against the world.  Eleanor receives an offer of clemency.  Vane objects to Rackham’s methods.  One of Nassau’s most notorious returns. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT “There will be no battle today.  Our disadvantage is too great.  But what price surrender? To beg forgiveness from a thing that tookContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 2 Episode 10 Review – XVIII

An unlikely ally comes to Flint’s aid.  Vane’s crew wants a change.  Silver makes a sacrifice. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT In the midst of escaping Charles Town, Flint stops to free some caged slaves who help him kill an attacker. I love this as Free the Slaves! Flint, but I like it evenContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 2 Episode 9 Review – XVII

Flint and Miranda confront their past.  Bonny declares her intents to Rackham.  Vane takes a massive prize.  Eleanor declares war. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT This is another excellent Flint episode where literally everything he does is phenomenal, but the scene that always stands out to me is when he agrees to Peter’s planContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 2 Episode 8 Review – XVI

Flint and Miranda prepare for the worst.  Silver has his eyes opened.  Eleanor discovers Max’s secret.  Vane makes his move. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT It is so lovely to see Flint confiding in Miranda, being vulnerable with her and admitting that 1) his decade-long plan might have served to make him into aContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 2 Episode 7 Review – XV

Max cleans up after a massacre.  News from the outside world changes everything for Flint and Silver.  Eleanor risks her life for the sake of her future.  Bonny faces a crossroads.  Dufresne pushes Billy to act. (Summary provided by starz.com BEST FLINT MOMENT This episode isn’t really about Flint, and I almost despaired of finding aContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 2 Episode 6 Review – XIV

Eleanor brokers a peace.  Rackham learns the hard way.  Flint breaks a promise. Bonny loses control. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT Daddy Guthrie:  These two plans mutually exclude each other.Flint:  I will make it work.DG:  How could you possibly?Flint:  I don’t know.  Yet. Flint is a realist because he forces reality to bow toContinue Reading

James and Thomas (Spoilers through Black Sails 205 – XIII)

I’m trying to be as non-spoilery as possible in my episode reviews, but I needed a place to vent all my James/Thomas feelings, for they are many.  Organized by episode, these are the fragmented thoughts that I wanted to share, but couldn’t before 205’s revelation. Episode 201 – IX Thomas is HARD CORE checking James outContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 2 Episode 4 Review – XII

Flint threatens Vane.  Eleanor chooses a side.  Rackham learns what Max is capable of.  Silver reunites with an old friend. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT “People can say what they want about you, but you’re a good man.  More people should say that, and someone should be willing to defend it.” I’M FOREVER SCREAMINGContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 2 Episode 3 Review – XI

Flint faces a dilemma upon his return to Nassau.  Eleanor needs help from an unlikely source.  Rackham seeks to repair his reputation.  Vane uncovers an unexpected prize. (Summary provided by starz.com) REWATCH REACTION I’m starting to slow down in my rewatches, because even though the show gets better and better, there are so many betrayals andContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 2 Episode 2 Review – X

Flint gives Dufresne some advice.  Silver must make himself indispensable.  Eleanor is asked to depose a captain.  Rackham gets ambitious. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT This episode IS Flint.  We see him at his most brilliant and most ruthless, and we learn from the flashbacks that he has always held these two traits.  It’sContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 2 Episode 1 Review – IX

Flint and Silver face judgment before the crew.  Vane enjoys his new position on the island.  Max confronts Bonny.  Eleanor faces a new threat. (Summary provided by starz.com) REWATCH REACTION Season two is my favorite, and rewatching its first episode only reminded me of how right I was to think so! BEST FLINT MOMENT Annoyed thatContinue Reading

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Black Sails Season 1 Episode 8 Review – VIII

The hunt for the Urca is on.  Everything changes for Eleanor.  Bonny and Rackham’s sins come back to haunt them. (Summary provided by starz.com) REWATCH REACTION This episode is FANTASTIC, and my notes while rewatching it become increasingly caps lock-y, culminating in a brief mental breakdown because of my love for Flint.  BEST FLINT MOMENT LiterallyContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 1 Episode 7 Review – VII

Flint tells Gates the truth.  Randall puts Silver in a bind.  Eleanor suffers a loss.  Max comes to Rackham’s aid.  Vane enters the fight of his life. (Summary provided by starz.com) BEST FLINT MOMENT This whole episode is Best Flint Moment!!  I’m going to discuss what we learn about Flint in more depth in the Well-FormedContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 1 Episode 6 Review – VI

The costs of chasing the Andromache continue to mount.  Eleanor needs Silver’s help.  Billy wants Gates to confront Flint.  Bonny takes a stand. (Summary provided by starz.com) REWATCH Q&A Q:  Why doesn’t Mr. Scott help the slaves on the Andromache? A:  He says it’s because Flint’s plan to pursue the Urca gold and establish a self-rulingContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 1 Episode 5 Review – V

Flint and the Walrus crew play a deadly chess match on the open sea.  Richard forces Eleanor’s hand.  Rackham makes a career change.  Bonny confesses to Max. (Summary provided by starz.com) REWATCH Q&A Q:  Why is Mr. Scott on the Andromache?A:  Because Mr. Guthrie betrayed him!! How did I not understand this the first timeContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 1 Episode 4 Review – IV

An undertaking by the Walrus crew ends in disaster.  Silver warns Flint about Billy.  Rackham and Bonny try to regain their livelihood.  Eleanor needs help from her father.  A figure from Vane’s past pays a visit. (Summary provided by starz.com) REWATCH Q&A Q:  What happens to Randall’s cat, Betsy?A:  She is seen running away unsquished,Continue Reading

Black Sails Season 1 Episode 3 – III

Flint and Gates seek a partner to hunt the Urca d’Lima.  Silver helps Billy with a morale problem.  Vane impressed Eleanor by being reasonable.  Gates gets a promotion. (Summary provided by starz.com) REWATCH Q&A Q:  Now that I know the characters and plot, does the rape scene serve any real narrative purpose? A:  I’m going toContinue Reading

Black Sails Season 1 Episode 1 – I

The once powerful Captain Flint faces mutiny by his own pirate crew.  John Silver joins Flint, hiding something of great value.  On New Providence, Eleanor Guthrie keeps order in the face of a resurgent Royal Navy. (Summary provided by starz.com) REWATCH Q&A Q:  When is the exact moment that I fell in love with Captain JamesContinue Reading