THE BORGIAS “The Borgias In Love” Review

THE BORGIAS "The Borgias In Love" Season 1 Episode 5 – Given my penchant for the darker side of humanity, I figured The Borgias would run right up my alley. But instead of dark, it’s dull. Unfortunately that’s what The Borgias has become.

Now, not all of it is dull. There are moments in which you can feel a pulse: Cesare’s rainy duel in the street, Juan’s nincompoop attitude regarding his betrothed, Lucrezia’s clueless yet kinda sweet seduction of Paulo (AKA Freddie from Skins). The Borgias reminds me of an inferior Boardwalk Empire: it’s beautiful to look at, for the most part well-acted, the subject matter is controversial and dark, there’s plenty of blood and lusty escapades, but there’s no life to it. Jeremy Irons seems completely wasted, relegated to mumbled plans and throwing some girl around his bed. The only times he shines are when he does a bit of subtle comic acting, in this episode his comic scenes came courtesy of his son Juan. Rodrigo’s exasperation at his son’s fairytale marriage fantasies were a delight to watch. Read More...


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