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’?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!