The Borgias Review: "The Moor"Dan Forcella at .
After what was a great start to the series in last week's premiere, "The Moor" was a bit complacent, and felt extremely similar to what we had already seen.
Maybe this is just what The Borgias is going to be. Each week there will be a new plan to have somebody killed, and they will either succeed or fail.
In "The Moor," the Borgia family recorded one success in three attempts. The first attempt by Juan to kill the Moor himself, Prince Djem, and his subsequent murder by pillow were much more interesting than Micheletto's adventure in Naples.
We saw very little of Juan in the premiere, so this was basically our first impression of the second son of the Pope. The character could prove to be very interesting as the family screw up in comparison to Cesare's golden boy mystique.
When Cesare refused to allow Juan the use of Micheletto as his assassin, the younger brother found an amateur who was extremely unsuccessful in killing Prince Djem.The interaction between Cesare and Juan made it seem as if this was not something new. It was almost as if Cesare has been covering for his little bro for year, and that is why he made Juan go in the bedroom and finish the deed himself.
Watching Juan suffocate the Moor was fantastic, as he seemed to grow up in that moment, and took a few steps towards being seen as an equal to the elder Borgia son.
While Sean Harris continues to impress in the role of Micheletto, his story just seemed to similar to the premiere. I understand that he's an assassin, but won't he do anything else? And to see him so foolishly give up his cover and ruin the assassination, was disheartening to see in someone who both Cesare and I thought could be counted on under any circumstance.
Having said that, it was quite impressive that he made his way out of there without being murdered himself.
After the first three hours, I wonder if the series would not be better off having Micheletto as the main character in the story. Like HBO's Rome, where Vorenus and Pullo were the leading men surrounded by important historical figures, I'd be interested to see how The Borgias played out with Pope Alexander and Cesare Borgia popping in and out every once in a while as we followed the adventures of Micheletto the assassin.
While the plots of "The Moor" seemed a bit repetitive, there seemed to be room for longer arc story lines moving forward. Between Della Rovere's doings in Naples, and Pope Alexander allowing the Spanish Jews into Rome, there may be problems rising up all over the place in the future.
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