99 Words About … The historical debauchery of Starz


At this point, Starz should just rename itself History Channel After Dark.

Following the successful blood-and-breasts-from-back-in-the-day formula that launched “Spartacus” and, to a lesser extent, “Da Vinci’s Demons,” the pay channel is sailing the soft-core seas with “Black Sails” (9 p.m. Saturday).

Considering Michael Bay’s involvement, the “Treasure Island” prequel isn’t as over-the-top as it could, or probably should, be. And it looks far better than it needs to.

But the treasure-hunting machinations involving Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) aren’t exactly what you’d call timber-shivering.

And the first episode seems to exist solely as an excuse for some girl-on-girl-pirate action.

— CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE

 

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