I am officially obsessed with the “Black Sails” character of Charles Vane.
Zach McGowan plays pirate outlaw Charles Vane, captain of another ship that opposes Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). If you watched last week, you saw a ginormous Blackbeard-y Alpha Male pirate beat him to death, bury him, and then witnessed Vane’s miraculous recovery from a subterranean grave, coming back to free the indentured men and to set sail once again.
The Finale Premieres on Saturday March 15th at 9PM ET/PT
McGowan has emerged as one of the good guys in this series that pits men against the law, nature and survival itself.
This world of high seas survival of the fittest sees the obvious, the people who are physically fit and can do the work. The brains behind the scenes who are mentally fit and can reason and plot their way out of trouble. There are those who are capable of doing things that other people can’t stomach and their cojones give them an edge. McGowan’s character Vane is possessed of all of these traits and looks and sounds damned sexy doing it all.
The stakes on “Black Sails” are high; you must be able to beat someone in a fight, or you’d better have true allies who would stop your enemies from coming after you. There is a law of the land and sea, and a unique world of the pirate enforced with unwritten coda.
More important is the underscore of this excellent swashbuckling series and that this outlaw lifestyle represents true freedom. How you exploit it based on your inner nature: Are you going to use your power for good or evil? How elastic are your morals and how greedy are you?
There’s so many parallels to the biker drama “Anarchy” on FX as far as the idea of a brotherhood and the politics between the MCs which are similar to these bands of seafaring brothers. The pirates of “Black Sails” also fall into cliques and form alliances that can change over time.
Episode 108 “VIII.” – Synopsis:
The hunt for the Urca is on. Everything changes for Eleanor. Bonny and Rackham’s sins come back to haunt them.