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Black Sails: Captain Flint [INTJ]

Introverted Intuition (Ni): discarding excess information to focus on a single goal, planning for the future

Extroverted Thinking (Te): taking swift, judgmental action, to change events in the world around them

Introverted Feeling (Fi): the need to remain true to one’s personal beliefs, no desire to negotiate

Extroverted Sensing (Se): living in the moment, enjoying dangerous experiences

Captain Flint is an intelligent and knowledge-seeking man constantly looking toward the future; he collects and loves books on different topics, but also focuses on a single goal – to gain information that would allow him to take possession of a Spanish treasure ship (Ni). Flint excludes all external ideas that don’t support this goal, while figuring out tangible ways to accomplish it (Ni-Te). He employs brutal, manipulative tactics to keep control of his crew (Te) to accomplish his dream (Ni-Fi).

He rarely shares his thoughts with anyone nor feels the need to confide his emotions in others to understand them (Fi). His narrow focus on the future sometimes prevents him from discerning unrest among his crew, forcing him to take swift, decisive action to maintain order (Se). Flint prefers not to do this; he is more comfortable with long-term plans (Ni) and business arrangements (Te) than spontaneity, but he is also keenly observant of his surroundings (Se).


Jane Eyre, 2006

“Jane Eyre” is probably one of my favorite books of all time. And unlike some other books I like (like “Mansfield Park”), it hasn’t really had awful adaptations that I know of. Every adaptation I’ve seen has some artistic merit, and I certainly haven’t hated any of them. I actually like quite a few, such as the recent 2011 movie or the old BBC adaptation with Zelah Clarke.

But despite my lust for Michael Fassbender, I gotta say that my favorite is the 2006 version. It has that gloomy misty gothic atmosphere, it has sexual tension you can cut with a knife, it has a big gothic castle full of pale light and shadows, and it really beautifully fleshes out both the main characters.

Also, I love the performances by Ruth Wilson and Tobey Stephens. These two are now what I imagine when I think of Jane and Rochester. They have so much chemistry and give such beautiful performances.

And on a shallow note, I like that Wilson and Stephens are not Hollywood-hot. Neither Jane nor Rochester is supposed to be super-pretty. Wilson is one of those rare actresses who is very striking and memorable, but she’s not really conventionally pretty – especially by the standards of the time. Same with Stephens, who is not your standard hunk, but is still incredibly sexy and prickly in this role.