black sails episode ii zach mcgowan hakeem kae kazim hannah new 'Black Sails' Season 1 episode II: John Silver makes himself indispensableThe race for the Spanish treasure heats up on “Black Sails” Saturday (Feb. 1), with John Silver running to and fro in Nassau trying to get a quick payday for the schedule that will point the way to the bounty to whomever will pay him.

It’s Captain Flint and Jack Rackham who are pursuing Silver, with Rackham willing to pay 5000 pesos in pearls for the information. Charles Vane cautions Rackham at making such a hasty trade, but Calico Jack doesn’t listen.

The original plan is for Silver and Max to make the deal for the log sheet and escape to Port Royal, but there’s a problem —  Eleanor Guthrie gets excited about the tale Flint spins for her of cultivating Nassau by planting crops, arming the city against all comers and making a civilization instead of a pirate shanty town.

Eleanor demands the schedule from Max to give to Flint but Max wants to complete the deal with Rackham and escape. Max loves Eleanor, but while Eleanor has great feelings for Max, she loves her kingdom more.

Under the threat of beating it out of her, Max tells Flint, Billy Bones and Gates where the exchange is taking place — the end of town where the sad drug addicts and crazy homeless men live. Then Max leaves the brothel that night.

As both Rackham and Flint close in on Silver, he manages to trick everyone and makes himself indispensable by memorizing the log sheet and then destroying it. And in a funny little turn, Rackham ends up falling off a rock into the ocean and losing all his pearls. Whoops.

Thoughts & Tidbits

  • Flint finds Silver first, so it looks as though Silver’s thrown in with the Walrus for now (like he has a choice), though we’re sure Calico Jack and Vane aren’t going to simply shrug and go home.
  • In the final frames Odysseus Flint made his way home to his wife (presumably that’s who that was, seemed a little more romantice than sisterly).
  • Best line: “In the end, that’s all I want. To walk away from the sea and find some peace.”

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Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."