The Borgias 2.1: I don't know about this episode at all.
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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 1.8: Phryne's "Hello, Jack" is becoming one of my favorite sounds ever. It's just so mischevious and devious. (At this point, they're basically courting vicariously through their sidekicks.)
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Titanic (2012): Currently airing UK miniseries. Three episodes are out and the last will air this Sunday. The story is somewhat nonlinear: the first 30-ish minutes of each episode is pre-iceburg and the last 3rd is people trying to get themselves/their families off the ship, and each episode adds scenes to the time period already covered, or expands previous scenes. The expanded scenes probably work better when watched a week apart, instead of all three episodes within 24 hours. It's entertaining and good, but there are too many characters and plotlines for any to really get the development they could have, and I think Fellowes is relying a bit much on "IT"S THE TITANIC!!" to carry things and tie them together at times. I'm hoping the last episode devotes itself to the actual sinking/survival and doesn't revisit the covered timeline as much. Character and acting-wise, Geraldine Somerville seriously steals every scene she goes near. She's just so amazingly snobbish and catty. Maybe she wants to grow up to be Maggie Smith? (I was also wondering why I found it odd that her character was named Louisa until I realized that she was also named Louisa in Gosford Park, which I believe is also written by Fellowes. Though i largely associate her with playing Daphne de Maurier.) Perdita Weeks is also all grown up now, and no longer looks like a carbon copy of her sister. I mean, they still looks alike, but she used to look exactly like a miniature version of Honeysuckle Weeks.
Show, do you not realize I was using Sancha to sell you to Cantarella fans at WisCon? What’re you doing, only having her in the last 2 minutes of the finale in these episodes? And in a group scene at that!
I hope you are wise enough to make her a regular next season!
(The “not enough” complaint also applies to Vannozza in these episodes.)
Episode 9 was a good wrap-up for the season, but episode 8 is probably my favorite episode of the season, and I love how about 60% of the problems and tension that were building throughout the season were basically resolved by Lucrezia Jedi mind tricking everyone and singlehandedly preventing wars, with Giulia looking on approvingly. (I was spot on when I declared Yan Yu in Paladins in Troubled Times to be wuxia Lucrezia, according to this version of .)
Also, I find this show’s idea of “no incest at all no really” to be hilarious when every single scene with Lucrezia and Cesare is shot with such standard “Epic OTP Of AAAAANNNNGGGGSSSTTTT” framing.
I mean, really? (This gets a bit awkward when you’re shipping her with their father’s mistress and him with a nun, too. Also, I am looking forward to Sancha/Cesare with ridiculous glee, though I have no idea how long it’ll take to get to that. This multishipping thing is an interesting new experience. Also, lols at Cesare asking Lucrezia if Sforza was “ungallant.” She was all “Oh yes, he was going to cut my husband to pieces if he was ‘ungallant.’ Hmm…how much do I hate him again?”)
Also, I am completely shallow enough to be pleased at the return of Cesare's black leather. It seems to be his "knight in shining armor off to vanquish wicked husbands" pants.
Start soon, season 2!
Also, this show makes me multiship all over the place, which is a bit odd for me, given that I don’t actually consciously ship that much. But, currently, I ship Lucrezia/Giulia, Lucrezia/Cesare, Lucrezia/Francesca, kinda-sorta-I’m-so-glad-they-aged-her-
And they have already mentioned Sancha! I…really hope they keep her friendship with Lucrezia. I mean, they kept the Lucrezia/Giulia relationship (OMG do they keep it) but I am just so used to fiction automatically pitting any women who could have a rivalry against each other that I’m scared to hope. Actually, while I’m excited for Sancha, I’m also nervous? So far, with one exception (that one thing from the pilot) I’m pretty pleased with how the show is handling the women, but Sancha does go through all three Borgia brothers, and we know how things like that tend to go down.
But really, I’m not sure I’ve been then spoiled with women and women interacting in an English-language period drama since Downton Abbey. Well, except for Mists of Avalon and He Knew He Was Right but those are both a bit older. And short.
It needs more caterina Sforza, though. Granted, mostly just because I like Gina McGee, but still.
( Spoilers for the episodes and a bit of history we haven't gotten to yet. )
Today I watched the preview episode of Camelot that aired a few weeks back,and the pilot episode of The Borgias that leaked.
( I think most of these spoilers have made the rounds but just in case... )
In short and with no spoilers: I can only assume we are meant to root for Morgan, and that this version of Arthur and Merlin exists purely to encourage us to do so. Morgan is awesome, Lot is quite the nice arm decoration, Kay is adorable, Leontes has potential, I have hopes for Ygraine but not necessarily faith in the writers, and, sadly, there is no Guenevere worth speaking of yet. It’s not necessarily good (seriously) but it largely entertained me and keeps saying things I always want to be said. Also, since the official premier is supposed to be 2 hours, I assume that what aired is only the first half, especially with the abrupt ending.
I have less to say and no spoilers here, but I…largely uncritically enjoyed this? I know enough about the history to know the historians will understandably be sobbing and ripping hair out, but not enough to rip my own hair out. Except for Juan (who I’m not supposed to like) I enjoyed pretty much every character. I have…issues with something that happens near the end, but it made sense in context. I’m told Cesare’s actor says there is no hanky-panky between Cesare and Lucrezia. I assume that his agent told him no incest-sex, and he hadn’t read the scripts yet. Because if you take out the times he refers to Lucrezia as his sister, every line and every camera shot plays out like epic childhood-love-that’s-soon-to-be-
(I had things running in the background, so the picture glitched at times, and this was obviously one of hose times. But you get my point.)
Jeremy Irons is, of course, Jeremy Irons, and so awesome. But no one told me Joanne Whalley was in it! (As Mama Borgia, whose name I cannot spell without looking it up.) She has aged quite well! And, uhm, may be my favorite.
Also, I have to remind myself that Cantarella absolutely is not the proper thing to compare this too or or go “but in Cantarella…
Both shows either technically do or do not pass Bechdel, depending on your interpretation. Because there are, like, decorative men in the background, but they’re pretty much inconsequential to what are some of the best scenes in the respective shows. The Borgias is technically the better of the two, as such things go, but Camelot is more likely to engage me on the met narrative level.
Hmm...I am now reminded that I tracked down the 1981 BBC Borgias series a while back and haven't watched it yet...