February 02, 2014

Come sail away with me

Like my buddy Simon, I have been playing Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag ever since it came out on the PS4.  Well, I've played other things on the PS4 but I love AC4.  Those that know me know that the whole pirate culture is in my blood and that I am drawn to that type of thing.  Now, with AC4, I get to actual "live" the life of a pirate.  Sailing the seas, attacking and pillaging ships as I see fit.  Running and hiding on obscure islands.  Seeking and finding hidden treasures and of course, defying authority every chance I get.  I've actually finished the story line for AC4 a while ago and have been actually trying to complete all the side missions (I'm at 90%).  I've also be playing one of the DLC games, Freedom Cry, where I get to play as Adewale, my former quartermaster.  
I think the thing that I really find interesting is that, just as I was needing something new with AC4, Starz! came out with their new series, Black Sails.  And of course, it is about pirates so you know I am hooked.  
I also found it interesting how the two cross over.  Jack Rackham is in both and so is Anne Bonny.  In AC4, Anne ends up taking over as my quartermaster aboard the Jackdaw when Adewale leaves to join the assassins.  In Black Sails, she is chumming around with Jack Rackham in the first episode (I haven't watched the second episode yet but it's on the DVR).  Above you can see the AC4 incarnation of Anne while to the right is the Black Sails interpretation.  She's a little more edgy and straight-forward in Black Sails.  She also has a tendency to say whatever is on her mind. As proven when we see her in the tavern and she's listening to Jack Rackham drone on and on.  She looks up at him and simply states, "I wanna f#ck!" Well, all right then.  Definitely not your AC4 Anne Bonny.

I think everyone knows the story of AC4 but maybe not Black Sails. So allow me to enlighten you.  The show is based on Captain Flint and his merry band of misfit pirates (including a recently added "cook" by the name of John Silver).  They sail out of New Providence and the Caribbean is their playground. According to the open credits of the pilot episode, "In 1715, West Indies, the pirates of New Providence Island threaten maritime trade in the region. The laws of every civilized nation declare them hostis humani generis; enemies of all mankind. In response, the pirates adhere to a doctrine of their own...war against the world." The show stars Toby Stephens as Captain Flint, Luke Arnold as John Silver, Tom Hopper as Billy Bones, Toby Schmitz as Jack Rackham  and Mark Ryan as Gates.
Left to right: Billy Bones and Captain Flint
 But what would a Starz! original be without some sexy women around?  Hannah New plays Eleanor Guthrie, Jessica Parker Kennedy plays scheming prostitute Max and Clare Paget as the previously mentioned Anne Bonny.
Max (on the left) had a special way of consoling Eleanor Guthrie and her fine booty
It will be interesting to see how Starz! does with this series and I will try to keep you updated.  Looking on the net, it looks like this season is only eight episodes but Season 2 is supposed to be 10 episodes.  Speaking of Black Sails, I think I will go watch the second episode now.  Until next time, I leave you with these words from AC4 and Mary Read (James Kidd), "Nothing is true. Everything is permitted. This is the world's only certainty."

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