Special Episode 12: Black Sails

The cover of Special Episode 12: Anne Bonny

Elizabeth and Flourish finally get to talk about Black Sails after Flourish waited roughly 10,000 years to watch it! Elizabeth brings insights from her study of postcolonial literature as they dig into Flourish’s take on the ending, including ideas about cynical, hopeful, and romantic narratives. They also discuss how underrated Eleanor is, how slimy Long John Silver is, and, of course, how they’d kill for Anne Bonny.

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Show Notes

[00:00:00] As always, our intro music is “Awel” by stefsax, used under a CC-BY 3.0 license. This time, we used it for the outro music too.

[00:01:55] Just in case your curiosity about the “The Skye Boat Song” was piqued...


Sam the Eagle in gif format


Captain Flint says “All this will be for nothing. We will have been for nothing.”

[00:22:40] The This American Life segment with Frank Borman is called “The Not-So-Great Unknown,” and you should listen to it RIGHT NOW, for real, do not hesitate!


The spinning top from the end of  Inception

[00:34:55] In the tender year of 2010 some people did write thinkpieces comparing Mad Men and Inception, but Elizabeth thinks this isn’t enough!! There is potential for a truly great AU here!!!


Lilith makes a Lilith face

[00:42:00] Flourish went back to their friend and got the summary “I did some more research, this is called the habendum clause, and the weirdness is not in its use in slave contracts but in marriage ceremonies in the 21st century.” 

[00:53:24] When Elizabeth showed Flourish the following clip from The Thick Of It they were like “OK I guess I know what this is.”


[01:05:05] Elizabeth recommends The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard, and in fact Flourish has already gone and bought it and is reading it and maybe you should too, right? And it has the best website for any book ever.