I wanted to be impressed – really, I did. Unfortunately, the first episode didn’t float my remote, if you get my drift.
The sword-wielding Templars are an eclectic group of buff and sometimes scruffy monks who have lost their way after a defeat that happened fifteen years prior. Their armor is sweet. Their outfits bear the infamous signature of the red cross on white. The show, however, got off to a somewhat bloody and gruesome beginning with the loss of the Holy Grail.
My biggest disappointment was the not-so-likable role of Julian Ovenden! He is not a nice character at all, and I’m going to have to come to terms with that throughout the series since I like him so much. Second, sound quality. I’m either going deaf or it’s not the best. Gore – there is plenty for the bloodthirsty. Cruelty – there is no shortage.
I paid $19.99 for the first season on Amazon since I don’t have the cable channel; hence, I will continue to watch. Critic reviews seem to be mixed on the Internet this morning. Here’s hoping that Tom Cullen who plays Landry and the rest of his brothers improve as the series continues. No doubt it’s a given this is going to be a bloody and violent show that leads to the very sad downfall of the Templars.
What might be wrong with the premise behind Knightfall? The very title “Knight-Fall” that focuses on the famous monk order falling from grace and their loss of popularity with the public. Perhaps it would have better suited the audience had the series focused historically at the beginning of the order, during their gallant glory days and the purpose for which they were formed. I, for one, might have found it more intriguing with a slow-walk to the fall from grace. Already, I’m sadden knowing the terrible end these men face.
Looking for the historical scoop on the knights? Follow the link to the History.com.