GAME OF THRONES is a terrific series, but it is not the only ambitious, big-budget series that transports the viewer to another world. BLACK SAILS also takes us to a place we're not familiar with. In this case, it takes us back in time to the early 1700s in the Caribbean. It is a raw, savage place where pirates call the shots & take whatever they please. Civilization seems a world apart. Of course, even civilization is not bereft of the darker parts of human nature.
The show mixes historical pirates with fictional characters. In doing so, it does a superb job of laying out the character traits of these people who lived 300yrs ago. The casting is impeccable, but the one performance which stands-out is that of Zach McGowan as Captain Vane ~ a historical pirate. McGowan has an impressive, commanding screen presence and is very believable as a ruthless pirate. In short, he is one scary dude. Want to see what happens when bullies challenge other bullies? Watch this series!!
A difference between this season & Season 1 is that the present season gives us the backstory of Captain Flint, who is the main character (a fictional pirate). Like many pirates, he was a former officer in the British Navy. While some may find this to be far-fetched, this is actually historically consistent. A lot of pirates WERE former British officers who found themselves out-of-work after the war of Spanish succession.
There is no mystery as to who the audience of this series is. If you have an interest in the history of piracy, then this series is for you. If you even have a passing interest in the history of the New World, then this series is for you. If you want to see Hannah New, then this series is for you. If you want to see Hannah New strip down, then this series is for you. If you want to see HUGE special effects & sea battles, then this series is for you. Well, by now you get the idea!!