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Watch the Premiere of Black Sails a Week Early!

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm by Justin Cavender

Black Sails

The STARZ original series, Black Sails, will premiere a week early on Machinima, giving viewers a chance to try out their sea legs on January 18. The swashbuckling adventure follows Captain Flint, a fictional pirate made famous from the novel Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Official Synopsis

1715. The Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean is at its apex. The former British colony of New Providence Island is now lawless territory, controlled by the most notorious pirate captains in history. The most feared among them is CAPTAIN FLINT.

But as the British Navy returns to these waters, threatening to exterminate Flint and his crew, another side of him emerges. Driven by deep, complicated, even romantic motives, Flint allies himself with the formidable ELEANOR GUTHRIE, daughter of the local smuggling kingpin who turns the pirates’ loot into profits. Together, they forge a plan to hunt the ultimate prize, and by winning it, stave off reclamation of their home to ensure their survival.

Arrayed against them are a series of opponents: rival captains, jealous of Flint’s power; Eleanor’s father, whose ambitions for the island conflict with his daughter’s; and a young sailor, JOHN SILVER, recently recruited onto Flint’s crew, who will somehow manage to constantly undermine his captain’s agenda.

I’ve always considered myself a fan of pirates and I’m curious to see where this adventure takes us. I haven’t read Treasure Island in over 20 years, but I do remember John Siliver as the ruthless Long John Silver and Billy Bones as the one with the map to Captain Flint’s treasure. Origin stories are a tough sell at times, but it could be fun to see how Captain Flint transforms a young sailer (John Silver) into a one-legged, heartless son of a b*tch.

The cast includes Toby Stephens (Captain Flint), Luke Arnold (John Silver), Zach McGowan (Captain Charles Vane), Hannah New (Eleanor Guthrie), Jessica Parker Kennedy (Max), and Tom Hopper (Billy Bones).

Black Sails begins its first season January 25 on STARZ at 9PM ET/PT.

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