The 1883 novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson was intended to be a prologue to the American historical fantasy-adventure television series Black Sails, which is set on New Providence Island. It made its internet premiere for nothing on YouTube as well as other streaming and video-on-demand platforms. A week later, it made its cable tv premiere. In the program, pirates on the prowl resist attempts to put them down by the British authorities.
The ten-episode second season of the program was ordered by Starz on July 26, 2013, and it debuted on January 24, 2015. Because of the enthusiastic reception, the program received at the San Diego Comic-Con, the show was renewed early, six months before the first season’s debut.
When a show runs so successfully for 4 seasons, it is justified to wonder if the Black Sails season 4 was our last hurrah- or has there been a much-awaited Black Sails season 5? Read on to find out everything you need to know about Black Sails season 5.
Black Sails Season 5 Cast
Before all else, let’s talk about who we can expect to see on the screen if black Sails season 5 makes it.
- Toby Stephens as James McGraw/Flint
- Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie
- Luke Arnold as “Long” John Silver
- Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max
- Tom Hopper as William “Billy Bones” Manderly
- Toby Schmitz as Jack Rackham
- Clara Paget as Anne Bonny
- Rupert Penry-Jones as Lord Thomas Hamilton
- Luke Roberts as Woodes Rogers
- Ray Stevenson as Edward TeachDavid Wilmot as Israel Hands
- Harriet Walter as Marion Guthrie
Of course, this is not set in stone and the Black Sails season 5 cast could be full of fresh faces.
Black Sails Season 5 Plot
Black Sails takes place during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early 18th century, some two decades before the events of Treasure Island. Hated and despised Captain Flint enlists a junior crewman as they struggle to protect the island of New Providence. The first episode claims that “Pirates from New Providence Island in the West Indies endanger regional marine trade in 1715.
Every civilized country’s laws declare them to be the foes of all humanity or hostis humani generis. In retaliation, the pirates follow their own particular set of principles: world war.” Anne Bonny, Benjamin Hornigold, Jack Rackham, Charles Vane, Ned Low, Israel Hands, and Blackbeard are just a few of the legitimate pirates that are dramatized in the program.
Needless to say, the show’s truly loved, and with good reason. It is one of the few shows that go really deep into 18th-century history with accurate descriptions.
Black Sails Recap
The search for the Spanish treasure galleon Urca de Lima is central to the first season’s narrative. The Urca de Lima’s wealth was abandoned on Florida’s coasts at the start of the second season and was being protected by Spanish soldiers; at the end of the second season, Jack Rackham and his crew had seized the treasure and carried it to New Providence Island. The second season provides an explanation for Flint’s transition from being a navy officer and a gentleman of London to becoming a pirate. The third and fourth seasons are centered on the conflict between the British Empire, as represented by Captain Woodes Rogers, and the pirates for control of New Providence.
Black Sails Season 5 Release Date
Unfortunately, there will probably not be a Black Sails season 5. Black Sails seems to be concentrating with laser-like intensity on its climax as Season 4 races to an end. Additionally, as has been known by fans since the summer of 2016, this season’s conclusion will mark the end of Black Sails. And that has been clear from the start of the season, which has concluded the main plotlines of the program and even killed off significant characters.
Black Sails co-creator Jonathan E. Steinberg stated in a media release that he and the show’s producers had to walk a fine line about how to end the series after Season 4, and they all agreed that what they had in mind for that season would be the ideal way to conclude the show’s constant buildup to “Treasure Island.”
Despite the mostly negative reviews from reviewers, Starz has done pretty well with Black Sails. With the show being broadcast in almost 200 countries and territories, the first three seasons of the series averaged 3.6 million viewers across multiple platforms for each episode. Additionally, the program received 20 nominations for prizes and two Emmys in 2014.
The television series has always taken place before the events of Treasure Island, although it is currently drawing closer to those scenes. The treasure is there, several characters from the novel have made appearances, and the program has done a masterful job of striking a balance between the Stevenson inspirations and the Black Sails’ own characters.
Black Sails Reception – What the critics say
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”.
Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times said, “Black Sails is a pirate treasure. The Starz series vividly depicts the daily life of pirates.”
Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly said, “Not even a guilty pleasure, Black Sails is arrrrrr-estingly good”.
Tom Long of the Detroit News commented “Alliances are made and broken, power shifts go this way and that, blood is spilled, and wenches keep wenching. It’s oddly addictive, and the cast—made up mostly of British, Australian, and Canadian actors—is as sharp as you’d expect from pay cable”.
Conversely, Brian Lowry 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”.
Emily VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club said, “Black Sails is a handsome illusion at times, but it rarely finds its way beyond that.”
Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times said, “Starz knows the formula for these costume-heavy action dramas from experience with shows like Spartacus and Camelot. And that formula is executed with particular skill in Black Sails, thanks to some strong performances and an exploration of the consequences of greed that could have come out of modern-day Wall Street”
Rotten Tomatoes said, “Black Sails marks ‘X’ and hits the spot during a swashbuckling final season that maintains the series’ penchant for rum-soaked spectacle while gracefully delivering these roguish characters to their destinies.”
Black Sails Ratings
Based on 49 reviews, the season on Rotten Tomatoes has a rating of 65%, with an average score of 6.05/10. Season 1 has received “mixed or mediocre reviews,” according to the Metacritic score of 58 out of 100, based on 27 reviews.
Based on 8 reviews with an average score of 8.7/10, the second season of the program presently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Based on 10 reviews, Season 4 has an approval rating of 80% and an average rating of 7.8/10.
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