‘Black Sails’ season 3, episode 8 review: Jack, Vane, and a trade

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As we get closer and closer now to the end of “Black Sails” season 3, it is interesting to see some of the decisions that the producers are making in regards to the series. There are many that we like, but then there are also others that make us wonder how in the world producers are going to resolve them in time for the end of the season.

Tonight, we had one of those courtesy of the big Jack / Vane trade-off that seems to be mostly good for the purpose of sparing Jack further torment, but also forcing Vane and Eleanor to share a little bit of time together. That’s great for character development, but there are only two episodes left!

The good news for Vane is that he’s already generating some support from Bones, and Flint (who faced some opposition tonight in his gem-taking quest) will have plenty to say more than likely about all of this before we get to the end of the season. Granted, there are threats that extend far beyond what’s going on with Vane, but there are only a few times here and there these people think big-picture. Or, we should say that many of them think big-picture in terms of themselves in furthering along their own lot in life. They just often tend to neglect what is good for the rest of their kind. Don’t you think these still-present divisions could lead to conflict down the road? Certainly.

The big thing about the hour was clearly the battle between Vane and Woodes, a showdown that we’ve been hoping to see, and one that showcased precisely why “Black Sails” is such a visual marvel. The fact that they don’t do these scenes every ten minutes also adds to their weight.

In the end, this was a rather tremendous episode of the show that brought a lot of good stuff to the table, but at the same time, we’re more excited now to see what lies ahead. As mentioned earlier there is a whole lot to still be sorted out in between Silver’s problems and Vane / Eleanor, but we supposed having a lot that needs to be accomplished is better than the alternative of having virtually nothing else of importance to tell. Grade: B+.

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