Talk about picking up right where we left off. Black Sails Season 2 Episode 6 resolved the outcome of the fight between Flint and Vane in the opening moments of the installment.
This week, Rackham was front and center, which was fantastic, while Bonny seriously lost her shiznit.
I'd like to thank everyone that commented at my Black Sails Season 2 Episode 5 review. Though the tone was mostly on the negative side, there were over a hundred comments. Hopefully, you've taken a week to cool off and realized this is damn good storytelling. It got you fired up and sparked a conversation; that's all that matters in the end.
Yeah, Eleanor stepped in rather quickly, but Flint and Vane needed to put their egos aside and work together. We saw some of that take place this week, moving the drama right along.
It's thrilling to watch all the puzzle pieces slowly coming together. I never imagined the young girl Captain Low captured would play such a crucial role this season. Or that the flashbacks would introduce her father, Lord Peter Ashe, a key character responsible for helping to establish New Providence.
Anyone that argues Black Sails is not well written, and that last week's twist was for all about ratings hasn't been paying attention.
Flint: There is a girl in your possession, her name is Abigail. Give her to me and I will stand down my men, you can have the fort.
Eleanor: You'd give all this up for a little money?
Flint: She's worth more to me than money. She's the future of this place.
Aboard his new ship, Rackham was ready to make his big debut. It certainly proved more challenging than I expected, but I walked away from this episode with a newfound respect for Jack. Sure, he's going through some growing pains, but the guy earned the admiration of his crew this week. He's well on his way finally. The mention of his new flag was amusing, wasn't it?
As predicted, Logan hit the brothel and stared over sharing. What went down in that room came as a total shock to me. I thought Anne just wanted confirmation Flint was still after the gold, but Logan taunted her and paid the price. Poor Charlotte went down as well.
Did Anne really commit this murder intentionally out of rage due to her three-way issues? Max will protect her sure, but I have a feeling this event will come back to bite Anne on the arse. Besides, Silver already knows about Logan's murder and he figured out someone must have pried value information from the dead man. Not good.
Flint painted the worse case scenario in an attempt to convince everyone Abigail Ashe was their golden ticket. Vane had a valid point, there were too many ifs, ands, or buts to Flint's plan. He wanted compensation right away, not if things went down the way everyone was hoping.
Flint: If you're looking for something more immediate, then how about your own survival? If we can not agree to do this together then I walk out of here and I lead my men in cutting down what remains of yours.
Vane: This girl is so valuable to you, yet you would risk her death just to punish me? You have one of two choices, try and take her and hope she survives the fight or pay me what she's worth.
Flint: And what exactly do you estimate that to be?
Vane: One Spanish Man of War.
Of course, Eleanor chased after him attempting to sway Vane. She's been playing both sides far too long, this week Vane gave her an ultimatum. Like Flint, I had a hard time believing Vane agreed to the plan. What was she up to? Well, we found out in the final moments of the episode.
Eleanor's father brought up one important wrinkle in the plan. Assuming everything goes swimmingly, how can Ashe convince parliament there are reasonable men among the pirates, when Flint plans to take the Urca gold? It looks like he's not going to have his cake and eat it too. Then again, this is Captain Flint we're talking about so I'm sure he'll figure something out.
Imagine if after everything they've been through, that Flint denies his crew that treasure. It's not going to happen. Though I admit I have no clue how he's going to pull it off.
If Lord Ashe is to have any prayer of succeeding in what you are asking of him, not only can you not retrieve the Urca gold, no one else here can retrieve it either.Richard Guthrie
When Billy Bones stumbled into town, I still wasn't sure what he would tell the crew. I was pleased to see he not only listened to Silver's advice, but warned that the Navy was fully encamped about forty miles away. Though Billy told the crew Flint tried to save him the night he fell overboard, their embrace told a different story. This isn't the end of it, trust me.
It was interesting to learn Billy was set free by the captain of the Scarborough. Now we know that nine men have another option if Flint's unsuccessful. But what if he succeeds, then what? Won't that captain expect something in return? Will Billy deliver Flint at that point?
I enjoyed watching Flint soften up towards Miranda. I think for the first time in the series the couple stands a real chance of remaining partners. When one is able to conquer their demons, they come out the other end all the better for it. I have hope for them.
Captain Hornigold was reasonably upset, but submitting himself as captain? Will the crew go for it? You could just see Flint's wheels spinning, couldn't you? Perhaps Hornigold sailing for the Urca gold is the answer. I'm not sure how it will all play out, but it feels like a plan is forming.
It seemed like Eleanor had chosen Vane, then she up and freed Abigail Ashe from the fort. Someone's not going to be too happy next week. The woman sure does flip flop.
What did you think of this week's installment? Will Lord Ashe side with Flint? Did Rackham's actions impress you? Do you think Max will be able to protect Anne? You're up my fellow Black Sails fans, hit the comments below and share your thoughts with me.
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NOTE: Black Sails Season 2 Episode 7 is titled "XV" and airs on Saturday, March 7.