Knightfall (2017– )
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First, the filmmakers start the series in the year 1291 at the time of the fall of Acre in the Levant. That moment marks the end of the Crusading era and the end of some of the greatest adventures of the Templars. There is no attempt to unfold the drama of how the unique brotherhood of warrior-monks came into being at the time of the Second Crusade.
Second, the story of the Templars in the post-Crusading period of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries is merged with the Arthurian legends of the early Middle Ages, nearly a thousand years before the establishment of the Templars! A major strand of the narrative is the legend of the Holy Grail with such characters as Parsifal and Gawain appearing completely out of context. There also appears to be a Lancelot-Guinevere love connection in the relationship of the Templar hero Landry and Queen Joan of France. For this boudoir romp, Landry breaks his religious vows, and Joan breaks her marital vows, in order to add some romantic spice to the series.
Third, a non-historical, quasi human rights subplot is introduced in which the Templars rescue the Jewish population of Paris that was about to be massacred. The small battle that takes place in the forest casts the Templar leader Landry in the role of Robin Hood, saving the Jews from a pogrom.
In sum, "Knightfall" was billed as a drama about the Knights Templars. But the only historical truth appears to be from the wardrobe department in the white robe with the red cross as the traditional garb of the warrior-monks. Even Dan Brown was able to conduct some research to weave a good yarn about the Templars in "The DaVinci Code." By contrast, "Knightfall" cobbles together a set of lackluster medieval clichés in a disappointing effort to bring the past alive for lovers of history.
- Jacques de Molay was the Grand Master of the Knights Templar from 1292 to 1307 when the order was dissolved by Pope Clement V
- Pope Boniface VIII died in 1303, 3 years before these events; in 1306 pope was Clement V
- Joan I of Navarre, wife of King Philip IV, died in 1305
- Isabella of France, was born in 1295, and therefore 11 years old in 1306, although some sources put her birth on 1292 in which case she would have been 15 at the times depicted in the series, which is probably her age in the series.
Most of the main characters in these historical series either didn't exit at all, were dead at the time of the events, or had little to do with the events depicted.
When it comes to historical accuracy this series fails miserably, like many others I have seen in recent years. History seems to be less interesting than the imagination of screen writers who sell fiction as facts to uneducated viewers.
And the worst part - they raped mythology in the very first episode. They hired C-rated writers who pitched a concept, but without a storyteller.
Scenery, effects, actors and acting - *All great
Writers - *A total disaster
This show follows on the foot of vikings. Its supposed to be a show based on the Knights Templar but that's where the similarities end. What I judge a show by is cohesive plot, characters acting logically to drive the plot, entertainment value and acting. For the most part the show does a great job in all those categories. The only glaring negative point about the show is that the plot is a bit predictable sometimes. Otherwise, its great entertainment. I give the show a solid 8.5/10. The 10 rating from above is to balance out all the unjustified low ratings.
I don't want to spoil anything, but lets say characters are not historically believeable at all. Too many modern mannerisms in a historical setting just doesn't do it for me. Game of Thrones is a more historically correct example of the period than this charade. If this was written as a comedy (hurray Blackadder) I wouldn't mind, but the serious tone is instead totally ruined by this bad writing. Another thing that comes out as a result of this bad writing is predictability of course.
However I do applaud the ambition of trying to do a modern TV-series about the templars. I do love swords, armour and knights. With this series they targeted people who like Rome, Vikings and perhaps Spartacus and GoT - anyone who has a tiny bit of historical interest - but they completely missed the target.
I doubt if there are many people who know anything about the Knights Templar, but if you like the look of a handsomely produced period piece set among the early 14th Century, then this is great to watch. There is intrigue, betrayal, sex, gore and all the usual stuff that makes Game of Thrones popular. When I say sex, don't expect nudity as this is the History Channel not HBO; but the battle scenes are well done.
Casting looks good and acting is fine. I can't say I recognize the cast except for Jim Carter who was Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey and plays Pope Boniface VIII here. Don't watch because you are expecting a history lesson any more than you would watch The Big Bang Theory to become a physicist. Basically, it is a well-done show with great sets and solid acting. Set your DVR.
Furthermore, there has been some political manipulation with regard to the Catalan independence movement. They talk about Catalan princes, queens, and monarchy which is completely wrong. Catalonia was a county under the rule of the Kingdom of Aragon.
Some people are trying to change history, do not really understand their purpose, it must be greed. With politics comes a lot of money (corruption), and the general public are being incorrectly informed through history TV shows that are not always correct.
If you however start watching it without prejudices you'll enjoy a great and well acted show with beautiful detailed costumes and settings that feel like they're straight of of the time itself.
First of all Im not the movie or TV show critic and I sporadically write a review on IMDB. But I am one thing I am a TV show fan I love TV shows. Mostly because the story does not end after 2 hours like in movie. And as a TV show fan I have to say that I love Knightfall. I simple do not get all the hate in reviews. OK it is not historically accurate. So what?. Im a huge history nerd but I do not care if it is historically correct. It is a TV show about templars. How many more are there ?. Good acting, good story, middle-age settings, knights in shiny armor swordfights, kings and queens. What not to like.
Dont listen to those history preachers in other reviews. I love Knightfall its a very good show and I did purchase HBO go for it. I cannot wait for another episode. Characters are strong and interesting there is a lot of intrigues and killing to match standards of these days. Only thing I dont like is the title. I think that Nightfall is more like clickbait. It follows the mainstream of strong titles. I would go with Gral or Gods will, or something more religious.
Long story short guys. Dont listen to the negative reviews. Nightfall is good and entertaining Tv show the definitely deserves your attention. Watch it you will thank me later.
However; the writing is utterly atrocious. All characters almost without exception are incredibly stupid. Shockingly stupid in fact so that you will keep wondering how they manage to find the correct end of a fork when they eat.
Whenever a new plot device appears you will probably also be facepalm at the stupidity of every single ludicrous detail they manage to add to the story. I watched the whole first season because people said it would get better. It doesn't, it gets worse because the writers keep on painting themselves into a corner and have to invent previously unimagined and foolish plot devices just to keep the story running.
Much of the acting is quite well though. I especially liked Jim Carter as the Pope, Ed Stoppard as King Philip and Pádraic Delaney and Simon Merrells as templar knights. That doesn't mean that all their characters are well written.
They have mediocre actors of potential(which is not uncommon nowadays), good locations, good sets and good costumes. However story is cheesy and predictible and biased.
Such a waste...
-Many of the real historical characters were dead when the narrative takes place in 1306. Joan I of Navarre, Pope Boniface VIII...
-"Catalonia kingdom"or whatever didn't exist, and there was no "Luis Miguel" King . I hope the Catalonian separatists paid well for this. :D
-There were no pregnancy tests in the XIV century
-There was no real holy grail, sorry it was a myth.
-Acre was not conquered in a few minutes...
-Casual sex, was not so common in medieval europe.
The rest of the tv show is the typical low budget production, with boring scrypt.