This started off as a preview of the episode, but as many people have now seen the preview that Starz have put up online I have tweaked it so that it now contains more spoilers, so please be aware if you are yet to see the episode yourself. I will still include teasers at the end as normal for my previews for any who want to jump ahead to that point though.
I have to admit that I'm in two minds about the show after the first episode, it feels very much a show of two halves to me in some ways. I prefer the at sea side of things; the capture of the merchant ship at the start feels realistic, I love the cowardly John Silver hiding out and inadvertently stumbling upon the 'treasure map' so easily. The power struggle aboard Flint’s ship the Walrus helps to create a real sense of ruthlessness, though there’s also a strict code of honour at play among what is basically a band of thieves which binds the crew together against outsiders.
Overall I am looking forward to seeing where this adventure takes us, the pilot sets up some intriguing premises for our characters. What will turn John Silver from a pretty boy into the one man Flint ever feared in Treasure Island? What will it take for Flint to get the information he needs out of Richard Guthrie? How will Eleanor get revenge on Vane? I'm glad that the show already has a second season lined up as it will be interesting to see how these storylines play out over time.
Episode I airs on Starz at 9pm on Saturday 15th January, below are some dialogue teasers for those who haven’t yet seen the episode online.
“You have no control over them, how long before you’re the one tied to the mast!”
“Is it your future you wish to protect, or your friends?”
“If forced, your father will always choose profit over daughters”
“All the volumes from the prize are here unless the captain took it”
“All is well because you've discovered the information we can’t tell anyone that we’re looking for, exists on the page that we don’t have”
“The most important element of a healthy ship is trust, trust between men, trust between captain and crew, without it a ship is doomed”
“Flint’s got moral problems, what do you want me to do about it?”
“I'm not a coward I'm a cook, I've no quarters to man, what do you think the captain will do if he finds out that you've abandoned yours?”
“Know this; now that the fight is over, you have nothing more to fear from us today”
“Maybe Singleton is right, maybe it’s time we made a change”