The Borgias – Episode 1-3 Review

The Borgias is a predictable show, and not in a good way. As soon as Prince Djem showed up and was friendly with Lucrezia, I knew he’d be dead at the end of the episode. Sure enough, there is a comment about the family getting even more money if he’s killed, and at the end of the episode, Juan, despite his massive incompetence, carries out the deed. And that’s the majority of the episode, a lot of boring dialogue about marriage and possible assassinations.

In the only remotely interesting part of the episode, Michelotto nearly kills Cardinal della Rovere before running off in a very well-shot scene. It seems like he’d be a much more interesting character than the Borgias who all have predictable ivory-tower dialogue, but the writers are using him more as a tool than a character.

Score: 7.0/10