Black Sails

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Name: Black Sails
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Creator: Jonathan E. Steinberg, Robert Levine
Date(s): January 25, 2014 – April 2, 2017
Medium: TV series
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Starz official page
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Black Sails is a TV show that ran on Starz for four seasons between 2014 and 2017. The series is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel Treasure Island. It features both characters from Treasure Island and fictionalized versions of real life historical pirates. It is set in 1715, about twenty years before the events of Treasure Island, and is centered around New Providence Island.

Canon

On New Providence island, Captain Flint aligns himself with Eleanor Guthrie to seize the greatest prize, a Spanish treasure galleon. He is frustrated by John Silver, a new member of his crew who holds the vital piece of information he needs to achieve his goal.

Seasons 1 and 2 are mainly preoccupied with getting the Spanish gold, eventually revealing Captain Flint's plan to use the wealth to establish Nassau. The third and fourth seasons focus on the characters efforts to protect Nassau from British naval attack and colonial rule.

Main Characters

Actor/Actress Character Seasons
Toby Stephens Captain Flint/ James Flint Seasons 1 - 4
Luke Arnold John Silver/Long John Silver Seasons 1 - 4
Louise Barnes Miranda Barlow/Miranda Hamilton Seasons 1 - 2
Rupert Penry-Jones Thomas Hamilton Referenced in Seasons 2 - 4. Guest character, appears in flashbacks.
Hannah New Eleanor Guthrie Seasons 1 - 4
Tom Hopper Billy Bones Seasons 1 - 4
Zach McGowan Captain Charles Vane Seasons 1 - 3
Jessica Parker Max Seasons 1 - 4
Toby Schmitz Captain Jack Rackham/"Calico" Jack Seasons 1 - 4
Clara Paget Anne Bonny Seasons 1 - 4
Zethu Dlomo Madi/ Madi Scott Seasons 3 - 4
Hakeem Kae-Kazim Mr. Scott Seasons 1 - 3
Ray Stevenson Edward Teach/Blackbeard Seasons 3 - 4

LGBT Characters in Black Sails

Sexuality is never explicitly addressed in Black Sails. No character is defined as been gay or bisexual, but many characters have intimate relationships with both men and women.

Most of these characters are women. In the first episode, Eleanor Guthrie and the prostitute, Max have sex. Eleanor's other romantic relationships are all with men, Charles Vane and Woodes Rogers. Max however, later begins a sexual relationship with Anne Bonny, who is in a relationship with Jack Rackham. The decision to begin a relationship with a person of the same sex is not viewed either positively or negatively, possibly because of the setting for this show; a pirate community living outside 'civilised' colonial rule.

The only male character to have relationships with men and women, is Captain Flint. As a British naval officer, his life was ruined when his relationship with Thomas Hamilton was revealed. He fled England, with Miranda as a result. He only shares this information with one other character on the show, John Silver.

The revelation that Captain Flint had a previous relationship with a man was met with a very negative fan reaction.[1]

Fandom

Pairings

  • Captain Flint/John Silver is a non canonical pairing, which began before Captain Flint's sexuality was revealed in the show.
  • Captain Flint/Thomas Hamilton is a canonical pairing
  • Miranda Barlow/Captain Flint/Thomas Hamilton is a canonical threesome pairing
  • Eleanor Guthrie/Charles Vane is a canonical pairing
  • Billy Bones/Captain Flint is a non canon pairing
  • Eleanor Guthrie/Max is a canonical pairing
  • Madi/John Silver is a canonical pairing of Long John Silver and Madi, a former slave who leads a community of former slaves
  • Anne Bonny/Jack Rackham is a canonical pairing of two historical characters, who were partners in real life.
  • Miranda Barlow/Captain Flint is a canonical pairing
  • Anne Bonny/Max is a canonical pairing

Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

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Vids

Archives & Fannish Links

References

  1. http://my.xfinity.com/blogs/tv/2015/03/04/whats-the-fuss-why-fans-react-negatively-to-some-but-not-all-same-sex-tv-romance/