- Jul 12, 2006
Yeah, I like history too and wanted to like it, but I thought the writing was pretty bad--or just the production seemed a little cheap--I guess it had that "Showtimey" feel to me--more skin than substance? :\Googled it, Showtime, my bad. I like history, so I liked the show.
Same with The Borgias. I really wanted to like it because I'm particularly fascinated by that time period of papal and Italian ducal history, but the first season, at least, isn't that great. Irons is the only good thing about that cast, and even his role isn't very compelling.
Have you seen "Pillars of the Earth"? It was a pretty short (~6 or 7 episodes) mostly fictional account of the politics behind building a cathedral in some shitty English village. I enjoyed that more than these others, though it is no longer on Netflix streaming (It also has the brilliant Ian McShane). The ~sequel series...uh, "Heaven and Earth" or something like that, currently on Nfx streaming, is OK. interesting, but indeed heavily fictional (concerns the Edward 2nd-Edward 3rd succession, and leading up to the Hundred Year's War). The depiction of Edward 2nd and what happened to him--very fictional, but it was decent.
(for those unaware, Edward the 2nd is the girly fop of a son of "Edward Longshanks" in Braveheart, and even far more fictional depiction of, well, every single thing happening at that time.). Still, kind of interesting to watch if you are curious about a version of what may have happened to that sniveling twat after Braveheart's depiction.