Originally Posted by gwsat
I have really been enjoying The Borgias
this season. It tells an exciting and complex story and has a top of the line ensemble cast. The Borgia family are certainly criminals but but they are appealing criminals. In this week's episode, I thought the way Cesare arranged to finish off King Ferdinand by having Michelotto push him into a pond filled with flesh eating eels was particularly satisfying. The King should have understood that there would be a price to be paid for making Cesare's sister have sex in front of an audience. I think it's a tossup whether Cesare or his lethal henchman, Michelotto, is the more dangerous. Anyway, King Ferdinand was a classic example of somebody who "needed killin'."
Yes, I agree. During the first 2 seasons I had issues with both the Juan and Lucretia characters when on screen. Not about the acting, but how they either subverted the story or slowed it down. Obviously, the Pooper and Ceasare where the two most compelling characters...along with Micheletto. Now, Lucretia has come into her own as a true Borgia, Pooper can scheme and undervalue his No.1 son, but Ceasare is the gem, smart, caring and totally ruthless...a wonderful character. The actor, a French Canadian, whose name I can't recall, eats the screen and steals every scene. He's one to watch. The most mysterious and compelling character, other than Ceasare, is Micheletto. He seems a totally loyal (and I tend to believe it) guard dog assassin who must have a very complex moral compass, because he's totally ruthless and awesomely violent...yet he calls Ceasare "Master". Great stuff.