Black Sails XI (Starz 7 Feb 2015, with Tadhg Murphy)

Black Sails XI

In Black Sails XI with the ship about to head back into Nassau, Flint and Silver take a longboat to visit Hornigold to arrange supplies with the intention of heading straight back out to take the Urca treasure. It’s absolutely vital that no word is leaked about the fact that the Urca has run aground and the treasure is lying in wait on the beach. They are somewhat shocked to discover that Hornigold is no longer in charge of the fort.

The none too likeable Ned Low pays a visit to Vane seeking reassurance that he will not intervene should Low’s battle with Eleanor escalate. Vane agrees that he will not get involved, not that that means anything of course.

Flint next pays a visit to Eleanor, he’s not impressed at her behavior over allowing Vane to take control of the fort, he makes it plain they need to be rid of him if he is to have a place to bring the Urca gold back to. Eleanor gets a but of wise advice from Mr Scott about just where her allegience should lay.

Vane takes the Ned Low situation to a very quick conclusion, killing him and taking his ship. He leaves Ned’s head on a stake outside Eleanor tavern with a sign saying “I angered Charles Vane.” Vane also discovers that the “unique item” being held by Low is actually Angela Ashe, the daughter of Lord Peter Ashe, the governor of the Carolina colony. She is worth a potentially huge ransom.

Meanwhile Rackham has ambitions to captain his own ship once more but needs Vane’s help in repairing his damaged reputation.

Flashbacks show James’ growing relationship with both Thomas and Lady Hamilton. One that is already leading to a dangerous liason.

One of the real plus points of Black Sails and one of the things that put above most other series is the rich level of background detail in every scene. Money has been well and truly spent and it shows.

production details
USA / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 7 February 2015

Writers: Brad Caleb Kane / Director: Stefan Schwartz

Series: Black Sails Season 2 Episode 3

Toby Stephens as Captain Flint
Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie
Luke Arnold as John Silver
Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max
Zach McGowan as Captain Charles Vane
Toby Schmitz as Rackham
Clara Paget as Anne Bonny
Louise Barnes as Miranda Barlow
Rupert Penry-Jones as Thomas Hamilton
Roland Reed as Dufresne
Andrew Brent as Captain Jefferson
Mark Simpson as First Mate
Tadhg Murphy as Ned Low
Lise Slabber as Idelle
Richard Lukunku as Joshua
Robert Hobbs as Jenks
Dylan Skews as Logan
Meganne Young as Abigail Ashe
Richard Wright-Firth as Muldoon
Sibongile Mlambo as Eme
Nic Rasenti as Mr. Holmes
Adrian Collins as Vincent
Tyrel Meyer as Nicholas
Winston Chong as Joji
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley
Melissa Haiden as Passing Whore
Patrick Lavisa as Babatunde
Aaron Hinrichsen as Scrawny Teenager

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