Black Sails (TV series)

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Black Sails
Teaser Poster for Black Sails.jpg
GenreDrama
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)Bear McCreary[1]
Country of originSouth Africa
United States[2]
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Nina Heyns
Brad Caleb Kane
Editor(s)Joe Hobeck
Location(s)Cape Town, South Africa
CinematographyLukus Ettlin
Production company(s)Film Afrika Worldwide
Platinum Dunes[3]
Broadcast
Original channelStarz
Original airingJanuary 25, 2014 (2014-01-25)[4]
External links
Official website
 
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Black Sails
Teaser Poster for Black Sails.jpg
GenreDrama
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)Bear McCreary[1]
Country of originSouth Africa
United States[2]
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Nina Heyns
Brad Caleb Kane
Editor(s)Joe Hobeck
Location(s)Cape Town, South Africa
CinematographyLukus Ettlin
Production company(s)Film Afrika Worldwide
Platinum Dunes[3]
Broadcast
Original channelStarz
Original airingJanuary 25, 2014 (2014-01-25)[4]
External links
Official website

Black Sails is a television drama series created by Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine for Starz that debuted on January 25, 2014.[4] Steinberg will serve as executive producer, alongside Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, while Levine will be co-executive producer. Set on New Providence Island, it is written as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. On July 26, 2013, Starz renewed the show for a ten-episode second season. The early renewal was based on the positive fan reaction to the show at the San Diego Comic-Con.[5] In France[6] & Germany the Premiere came out 2 weeks earlier on January 10, 2014 on the Pay TV Channel Starz. On January 17, 2014, Starz released the first episode on YouTube.[7]

Plot[edit]

During the Golden Age of Piracy, the feared Captain Flint brings on a younger crew member as they fight for the survival of New Providence Island. According to the first episode, "In 1715, West Indies, the pirates of New Providence Island threaten maritime trade in the region. The laws of every civilized nation declare them hostis humani generis; enemies of all mankind. In response, the pirates adhere to a doctrine of their own...war against the world."

Real life pirates that are fictionalized in the show include Charles Vane, Jack Rackham, Anne Bonny and Benjamin Hornigold.

The plot focuses on the hunt of the Spanish treasure galleon, Urca de Lima, and possibly much more. Watch out for Calico Jack Rackham, who sports a pencil thin mustache, David Bowie hair and the wildest sideburns this side of daylight.

Production[edit]

Location: The series is filmed at Cape Town Film Studios in Cape Town, South Africa.[8][9]

Title Sequence: The opening credits sequence was made by Imaginary Forces and directors Michelle Dougherty and Karin Fong with the backing sea shanty inspired theme composed by Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead composer Bear McCreary. It features a period accurate instrument in the form of the Hurdy gurdy.[10]

Ship building: For the amount of detail that was added to the ships, it took over three hundred workers and many hours to build just one ship.[11]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Supporting/recurring cast[edit]

  • Anthony Bishop as Singleton
  • Jannes Eiselen as Dufresne
  • Lawerance Joffe as Randell
  • Dylan Skews as Logan
  • Graham Weir as Captain Naft
  • Richard Wright-Firth as Muldoon
  • Andre Jacobs as De Groot
  • Patrick Lyster as Captain Benjamin Hornigold
  • Richard Antrobs as Phillip
  • Mark Elderkin as Pastor Lambrick
  • Neels Clasen as Hamund
  • Jeremy Crutchley as Morley
  • Quentin Hrog as Turk
  • Winston Chong as Joji
  • Langley Kirkwood as Captain Bryson
  • Dean McCoubrey as Hayes
  • Karl Thaning as O'Malley
  • Toni Caprari as Noonan
  • Lise Slabber as Idelle
  • Fiona Ramsey as Mrs. Mapleton
  • Graham Clarke as Captain Lilywhite
  • Richard Lukunku as Joshua
  • David Butler as Frasier
  • Jarrid Geduld as Crisp
  • Geoff Kukard as Froom
  • John Herbert as Captain Lawrence
  • Frans Hamman as Slade
  • Michael McCloud as Lars
  • Sibongile Mlambo as Eme

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD and Blu-ray release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
18January 25, 2014 (2014-01-25)March 15, 2014 (2014-03-15)TBATBATBA
2102015TBATBATBATBA

Reception[edit]

Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter said, "This ambitious pirate story is helped immensely by going beyond the pay cable freedoms that often bog down lesser shows in boobs, blood and sex. Black Sails steers itself out of that realm after a few episodes and makes a play for bigger, more complicated stories."[14] Robert Lloyd of The Los Angeles Times said, "Black Sails is a pirate treasure. The Starz series vividly depicts the daily life of pirates."[15] Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly said, "Not even a guilty pleasure, Black Sails is arrrrrr-estingly good."[16]

Conversely, Brian Lowery of Variety said, "Black Sails never quite takes off, developing into a tired treasure hunt with indifferent casting and stock characters. Counting Michael Bay among its producers, this South Africa-lensed production might tempt adventure-seeking viewers to plunge into its crystal-blue waters, but despite some handsome aspects, the show ultimately proves as hollow as its CGI-rendered ships."[17] Todd VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club said, "Black Sails is a handsome illusion at times, but it rarely finds its way beyond that."[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 15, 2013). "'Walking Dead' Composer to Score 'SHIELD,' 'Black Sails'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ IMDB country
  3. ^ Production companies
  4. ^ a b "Black Sails: Starz Series Starts January 25th". TV Series Finale. November 20, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 26, 2013). "'Black Sails' Renewed for Ten Episode Second Season by Starz Months Before Its Premiere - Updated". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Black Sails" (in French). February 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ YouTube "Black Sails Episode I". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Starz Embarks on an Early Renewal for Second Season Order of the Original Series "Black Sails"". Futon Critic. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  9. ^ The Location Guide
  10. ^ Hibberd, James. "'Black Sails': See the awesome opening credits with theme from 'Walking Dead' composer -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Black Sails: Building the Behemoth". Starz. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Starz's 'Black Sails' Adds To Cast". Deadline.com. November 15, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 7, 2012). "Series 'Black Sails' & Pilot 'Trooper' Add To Casts". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ Goodman, Tim (January 21, 2014). "Black Sails: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ Lloyd, Robert (2014-01-25). "Review: 'Black Sails' is a pirate treasure". latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  16. ^ "Black Sails TV Review | TV Reviews and News". EW.com. 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  17. ^ Lowery, Brian (January 23, 2014). "TV Review: ‘Black Sails’". Variety. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  18. ^ VanDerWerff, Todd (January 23, 2014). "Black Sails is a tale of a bloodthirsty pirate bureaucracy". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 

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