THE BORGIAS “The Poisoned Chalice” & “The Assassin” Review

THE BORGIAS "The Poisoned Chalice" & "The Assassin" Season 1 Episode 1 & Episode 2 – There are worse ways to spend a Sunday than listening to Jeremy Irons’ Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia scheming for the papacy to become the most powerful man in fifteenth century Europe. Of course, this is not just the dramatic tale of a man, but of a dynasty, even if these first two episodes seem to have forgotten this.

The juiciest thing about this series is the subject matter: the hypocrisy and corruption in the Catholic Church is second to none and with the Borgias at the helm the church became a breeding ground for venomous, dramatic intrigue. "Let him without children cast the first stone," one of the group of gossiping cardinals comments, and it is a line near the beginning of the first episode which promised scandalous fun which, alas, was not to be. Read More...

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