THE BORGIAS “The Art of War” Review

THE BORGIAS "The Art of War" Season 1 Episode 8 – Well, that’s it. The first season of The Borgiaswill end next week, but not to fear Borgias fans: unlike a myriad of network shows, The Borgias will be returning for a second season. It seems to be a pretty low key hit with Showtime: premiering right around the same time as AMC’s The Killing and HBO’s Game of ThronesThe Borgias is the only one of these three without a built in fan base-The Killing had the murder mystery lovers (and I count myself among them), plus the disgruntled fans of the original Dutch series. Meanwhile Game of Thrones…well, to say that I’ve spent more time than any reasonable human being should on fansites and HBO’s site for the series would be a huge understatement.

The Borgias meanwhile has Jeremy Irons leading a cast of pretty unknown (and pretty) actors. In this week’s episode, Lucretia and Guilia are captured by the French army after fleeing Lucretia’s Sforza’s husband (who doesn’t take too kindly to his wife leaving). Lucretia seduces the King of France and wraps him tight around her little finger. She even manages to stop a battle by literally riding out in the middle of the field between the armies of the pope (led by the utterly incompetent Juan Borgias) andFrance. If this sounds ridiculous, it is, but the directing and script makes it somewhat believable.

But really I was still on a high from the wonderful effects of the cannon. The way it ripped through the bodies of men, sending their limbs and flesh and blood spraying, was sickening. It wasn’t gratuitous in the way gore is often shown in visual entertainment, but truly hollow and sickening. Read More...

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