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Black Sails (aka Assassin's Creed 4 the TV Series)

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I predict this will be brilliant.

I mean, Camelot was excellent and that was by Starz...........

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Excellent. I predict plenty of decapitations via dual-wielded cutlasses and a sneering Captain of the British Navy whose randy wife cuckolds him with a pirate.

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As soon as I read his name in that post, I had his Heinz curry beans advert in my head. Anyway, he's still alive!

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I enjoyed this a lot. It's a weird expectation to have gone with, but I really wanted a "Spartacus replacement", and Black Sails looked like it might fit the bill.

It actually turned out to be quite a different beast despite the surface similarities - network, hooters, blood - and it seems as though the central hook of having Flint as the ideological pirate, driven by running away from civilisation, will play out well over the coming episodes. It also helped that it looked excellent, despite only having half the budget of Game of Thrones.

The credits sequence is wonderful.

Oh, but Hannah New cannot swear to save her life. That part with her dipping her fingers in the flagon was... unpleasant.

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Aye, she wasn't good, but I really enjoyed this. What's the budget of this and things like Game of Thrones? They look so much better than network TV crap it's not even funny.

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It'd be interesting to see what the budget was. It was filmed in South Africa, so cheaper for that. But then building a ship set probably wasn't too cheap.

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Doesn't seem to be announced for the UK yet. It only started airing in the US yesterday, but they put the first episode on Youtube a week or two ago. Though it seems to have gone from there now. They probably only had it up until it was airing on TV.

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Second episode was just as good. I think it helps I've only just started playing AC IV, but can see me getting quite into this. I even find myself looking at the walls, wondering what I'd climb.

Only thing I don't like is the blonde English lass, who swears too much. It just loses all impact when fuck is every other word you utter.

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I enjoyed this weeks more than the first. It seems to be setting things up quite nicely.

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I had to do a double take with Hannah New. She looks a lot like Dominique McElligot from Hell on Wheels. The similar clothes probably helped.

Not sure about the guy who plays Vane, and his whispery "hard man" voice. Unintentionally funny at times.

Oh, and NSFW...

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III. was really good, and the preview for IV even better. I find this is the only program on TV at the moment that I actively look forward to. It got me wondering as to how well it's doing, ratings wise, and whether

chasing this galleon is the overall arc, or just something for season 1 as they setup the fight for control of Nassau

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This is as Stars show so it follows there should be every kind of debauchery on show but I feel Michael Bays influence is looming too large for this to be read as anything but fodder quite honestly. Unlike Spartacus, the setting and environment atleast permitted for this kind of hedonism; well bred upper class rulers indulging themselves in every kind of whim was atleast in keeping with what the story was setting out to tell, but Black Sails is trying to do the same but for low life pirates.

In my mind it just doesn't follow how the female bar owner on this island of thieves and murders is practically running the show. Sexy female 20 something models getting together with other sexy female 20 something models, perhaps initially intended as a progressive comment on the freedom of expression life on the high seas allows but visually its blatantly only for express purpose of us seeing them getting together. Specific camera shots making sure to draw attention to their naked bodies as they writhe about, and its making this whole setup seem laughable. Just as the male leads here, not brutalised into a life of exhibition and sport, who must adhere to certain atheistic, but are all the same still ripped to hell and back. There was a wide shot from the last episode where everyone was standing around and you could instantly tell them apart from the slovenly looking extras (who are actually more suited to the life styles they're portraying) is making this look a bit silly.

Its basically Pirates, that porn movie with Stoya and company but somehow with more even tits.

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