'Black Sails' And 'Vikings' Reviews: One Show Does Marauding Right
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At first glance, "Black Sails" (9 p.m. ET Saturday, Starz) and "Vikings" (10 p.m. ET Feb. 27, History) appear to have a lot in common. Both shows revolve around marauders who take to the seas, plunder, fight, squint into the distance and drink more than their share of grog. But unlike the tedious "Black Sails," "Vikings" does a good job of hitting the targets it has set for itself. Its modest stories are told in broad strokes, but that's a feature, not a bug. This gorgeously shot drama -- and it's one of the most visually striking shows on TV -- is simple but not simplistic, and that's a crucial distinction.
"Black Sails" clearly wants to inject some complexity into its sand-and-swords premise, but the drama runs aground of ambitions it doesn't have the skills to fulfill. That makes the simplicity of "Vikings" look like even more of a virtue, one that allows for greater focus and fewer distractions.
The History show displays an engaging curiosity about how people lived a t
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