frandroid: (black sails)
So I rewatched the last few episodes of Black Sails, this time with a less sleep-addled mind, and I was able to really absorb the ending.

Then I decided to start again from the beginning. I think what I had forgotten by the end of the show is how many people had died either by Flint's hand, or through his plots, or referred to have died by such, already in Season 1.
frandroid: (black sails)
Am I the only one to notice that Eleanor Guthrie is recycling beer in her inn in Season 1?

T.A.Z.

Sep. 8th, 2018 12:07 am
frandroid: (black sails)
"One day, you'll leave the account
Take a wife, father children.
Sea less and less of the sea
Until she becomes like a painting hanging on the wall,
static and irrelevant to your daily existence.

But she'll keep on calling you.

And when she does, you'll step into that painting
and feel the swell beneath your feet.
It'll add come back as if it were yesterday."

"Is that so?"

"I've watched you and yours handle the account since I and mine left it.
Accomplish things that no one I ever sailed with could dream of.
From what I've overheard, if you reach Skeleton Island might mean the end of the governor.
Might keep the account alive a little while longer.
Is that so?"

"That, and more."

"Then I will take you to it.
Hold on to this for as long as you can for all of us who once had it and walked away."

---

I've read Hakim Bey's T.A.Z. and then Pirate Utopias a very long time ago, but they have really stuck with me. Cherish the good, free, open spaces that you get, for they will not last forever, taken over by capitalism, tyranny, egotism, laziness, pettiness, or a combination thereof. When they are done, don't hang on, break away and make for the next TAZ.
frandroid: (black sails)
So huh, Toby Stephens is Maggie Smith's son. And Robert Stephens', who was apparently a big deal in British acting, but whom is unknown to me. (I'll check this film out to get acquainted with him, I think.) Anyway, born from acting nobility.

For her part, Clara Paget (Anne Bonny) is literally nobility, her father being a marquess. Which is pretty amusing.
frandroid: (black sails)
(Some spoilers)

So I finished watching Season 2 while on the plane to Italy... I was quite surprised by the ending, though they had started to telegraph it ahead of time. It was so anti-climatic! I understand that this was a prequel so you need the characters to survive :P I think the main thing is that I didn't buy is Flint going off with some random sailor to hide the treasure... And this business of regularizing Nassau was also bleh. I was pretty tired on the plane so I missed that Featherstone became the governor, just noticed that now. And of course I liked McGraw getting to shed Flint in the end, and find troo lurve again.

Anyway, I still adored the rest of the series, would watch again. And yes, the theme music has gotten to me now. :P

THE BLACK

Jul. 17th, 2018 02:07 am
frandroid: (pirates)
Black Sails is SO GOOD!! Just finished Season 3... Love the philosophizing between Silver and Flint so much. :)

I was perusing Wikipedia on Charles Vane, Woodes Rogers, Edward Teach, etc. today... So much of the actual or supposed history woven into the writing of the series, it's fun. (I must say I did not picture a bewigged Charles Vane though!! Zach McGowan has convinced me to grow my hair longer. Since I have a long beard, I'll have to decide whether I go Teach or Vane in the end... Maybe if I can make some slow-burning fuses??)



Now the only thing I'm asking is for in Season 4 is for Flint to get a little more gay, is that possible? Because Toby Stephens with that shaved head... UNF.

vocal fries

Jul. 7th, 2018 10:44 am
frandroid: camilo cienfuegos in a broad-rimmed hat (cuba)
If there are still men out there complaining about women and vocal fry, show them an episode of the triple-battered Black Sails and tell them to shove it...
frandroid: (pirates)
So upon [personal profile] sabotabby's repeated references, I started watching Black Sails, and it's the absolute bomb. I mean I can't really hide my weakness for pirates. (See my collection of political theory books about piracy, and my obsession with the Monkey Island games...)

So I kept thinking I had seen Toby Stephens before; he reminds me a fair bit of Hugh Grant, but I knew it wasn't simply that. Then this morning as I was ruminating over that in the bathroom, it came back; he was starring as Danton in the play Danton's Death, which F and I had seen at the National Theatre in London. Other than being a handsome fella (the real Danton was ugly as fuck), he delivered a pretty awesome performance. We were sitting high up in the rafters but his performance still reached us.

Max's character is awesome but I find Jessica Parker Kennedy's French accent to be such a porny stereotype as to be distracting.

Zach McGowan's face (Captain Vane) reminders me of a former boss I've had, who was entertaining but rather creepy towards women... and minus the abtastic body of course.

Yet another series to kill my sleep... Damn you!

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