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On the latest episode of Black Sails, Captain Flint continues his quest for the Urca d’Lima. The question is what kind of deal is he prepared to make in order to capture the infamous Spanish galleon?

The Mysterious Miranda

Flint has apparently been hiding out at the house of Mrs. Miranda Barlow. The exact nature of their relationship is unclear, other than the fact that they obviously trust each other since Flint asks Miranda to keep an eye on Mr. Guthrie as he recuperates. The only clue we have to their connection is that Miranda tells Mr. Guthrie that if he reads the writings of Marcus Aurelius (a Roman statesman who rose to heights thanks to powerful women), he might understand who she is. We are left wondering if Miranda is a prisoner in her own house as the pastor fears, or some discarded plaything of Flint’s as Morley later states.

Eleanor and Her Father

Clearly there is no love lost between these two, but they need each other. Eleanor is the consistent breadwinner who got her father the power and prestige he now enjoys, while Mr. Guthrie has the cash that Eleanor will need if supply ships are cut off by the British navy.

John Silver, the Ultimate Opportunist

John Silver desires one thing and that is to stay alive by any means necessary. In order to accomplish that, he leaves a critical detail out of his transcription of the whereabouts of the Urca d’Lima. He’ll provide that detail to Flint in good time if he is let back on the ship and given the same plunder share as the crew. As a further show of good faith, he reveals three traitors to Billy Bones: Randall, Morley, and Turk.

Billy Bones Gets an Education

Billy knows he needs information on potential mutineers but goes about it the wrong way, despite Gate’s warning. John Silver ends up escaping “the guard” Billy assigned to him, and gets Billy the information he needed. Billy challenges Morley, but realizes he doesn’t know everything about Flint when Morley mentions Mrs. Barlow.

Quartermaster Deal Brokers

Gates and Rackham are the brains behind the rule of their respective, hot-headed captains. After each realizes they have an individual weakness — Gates is too old and Rackham owes his crew money — they decide to join forces to bring in the Urca d’Lima. The deal goes through despite insults from Flint, and Rackham’s doubts that Eleanor can provide needed supplies. By nightfall, the deal turns wildly in Flint’s favor when Vane’s treatment of Max results in Eleanor stripping Vane of any ability to earn, and essentially giving his crew no choice but to work for Flint.

Max Gambles Badly and Loses Even Worse

Despite being offered protection by Eleanor after her betrayal, Max slips out and is quickly caught by Vane’s men where she is raped by them at their leisure. She and Vane eventually talk, and he states that he had to capture her, and hope she understands her fate. She reveals that she didn’t take Eleanor’s deal because money means more to Eleanor than her. Max believes that Vane will let her go on a boat that Rackham intends to put her on in the dead of night on the condition she not return. Vane’s plans are foiled when the crew sees Rackham sneaking Max out and claim they aren’t done with her yet, resulting in a prolonged, public rape. Despite being rescued by Eleanor, Max chooses to stay with Vane, saying that she is his until he regains his position that he lost due to her.

Vane Gets Screwed

Despite being the calmest participant in the meeting called by Rackham and Gates, and eventually winning Eleanor’s favor, both monetary and sexual, Vane soon loses it all. Eleanor, when she discovers what Vane’s crew has done to Max under his command, emasculates Vane by taking away his ability to provide his crew a living. The only two to stay with Vane are Rackham and Anne Bonney, and only because he threatens to kill them. It’s obvious that Vane is left seething with rage.

Who do you think holds the most power on ‘Black Sails’?

  • Sarah

    Actually Vane told Rackman to put Max on a boat after nightfall. He never told him to have her killed. He sympathized with her and decided to let her go…………

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      Hmm, after Rackham mentions the risks Vane says “She won’t (come back). Do it after dark, and do it quietly.” Along with the look he gives Rackham I took it as him changing his mind, but you are right it could still be literal.

      • HeySwanSong

        I took it the same way as Sarah, but ultimately I don’t think it really matters. Max believes Vane was letting her go and decides to stay with him even after what his men did (although this is mostly to get back at Eleanor it would seem).

        I didn’t really see any indication that Vane’s men were raping her “at their leisure,” prior to catching Rackham with her at least.

        • Riley

          When Rackham and Vane go to talk to her, there’s a crew member happily leaving the room who tips his hat and says “She’s all yours now, captain.” Definitely took that as an indication, especially when combined with the complete lack of clothes, being tied up, on a bed-type thing, beat up, lots of tear tracks, and shaking when Vane entered the room.

          • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

            That would be me thoughts too

        • sooverit

          It seems you missed a bit if that’s your interpretation of the facts.

      • RicFule

        I thought he was saying, “Yes. Kill her. But don’t let anyone KNOW she’s dead. Hide the body. We want no evidence that WE were the ones who killed her.”

    • Riley

      He definitely wasn’t planning on having her killed. After he tells Rackham to put her on a boat, Rackham is like dude that isn’t what I meant when I told you to *clean this up.* And he’s like it’s fine, she won’t come back.

      That was the point of the exchange b/w Max and Vane about why she was trying to leave despite having Eleanor’s protection. When she said he would understand how she felt bc Eleanor threw him away too, he did, and he knew she truly did want to leave.

      • RicFule

        But she was also in earshot of the conversation. Maybe Vane didn’t want her to overhear the planning of her death and escape to go tell Eleanor. Because AFTER the line you mentioned is when Vane says to “Do it quietly.”

  • jodee

    I think mrs barlow will end up the most powerfull it seem captian flint is doing it all for her she his reason for living and he seems protective of her

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      Interesting take. She’s obviously well educated. Lives in a better section of town. The question is who is she to him.

  • sooverit

    I was/remain disinterested with the mysterious Mrs. Barlow. In fact, I think I’m bored with everything Captain Flint is getting up to tbh beyond that treasure ship. Billy and Gates are my favorites along with Max (the scene was difficult to watch, too difficult). I also don’t dislike John Silver for some reason. Just like Spartacus before it, I’ll keep watching. But I do hope it gets to the point soon.

  • Nikhil Michael

    A few things. One i dont like Max. She tries to be cunning and to broker a deal that would risk the ire of two pirate crews if she screwed up with the deal. All to try and get Eleanor to run away with her. Thats just pure stupidity, Eleanor has her priorities, why would she want to run away with max and why would Max expect Eleanor to drop everything and flee with her? Good lord, she also runs away from Eleanors security, the only thing that was keeping her safe, practically asking Vane to capture her and his crew to gang rape her.

    Otherwise Billy is a good character. Gates is quite a experienced. John Silver being completely fine is hilarious, while Max suffers, he gets to peel onions. Flint as a character is interesting, but this stuff with Mrs Barlow is boring. Hope to see more in the next few weeks, something tells me Vane will get a crew and take the island from Eleanor soon.

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