Starz is bringing a new drama to life when “Black Sails” premieres next weekend. But if you don’t want to wait that long, the channel has released the first episode early. The video above is the premiere episode in its entirety.

The swashbuckling show chronicles the adventures of pirates in the early 1700s, or what is referred to as the “golden age” of piracy. A prequel, of sorts, to the events of literary classic “Treasure Island,” the show has real-life pirates like Charles Vane (Zach McGowan), John Rackham (Toby Schmitz) and Anne Bonny (Clara Paget) joining fictional characters like Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New) and Long John Silver (Luke Arnold) in the Caribbean in a race for an enormous treasure, and it sounds as though the actors loved making first season as much as we’ve enjoyed watching it so far.

“This is the project you hope comes along your whole career,” Arnold tells Zap2it. “It’s so much fun. The characters are really defined and really interesting.”

“When I read the pilot, I was like, ‘Wow, this woman is a proper ball-breaker.'” adds New, of her character Eleanor Guthrie, a proprietor in Nassau. “It’s so refreshing to play someone who is as strong as she is, it was very exciting when I read the role. I just wanted to go for it.”

Check out “Black Sails” above and let us know what you think of the first episode. The series premieres Saturday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Starz. It has already been renewed for a second season and shooting is underway.

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."