The Borgias

Season 1 Episode 4

Lucrezia's Wedding

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 17, 2011 on Showtime
8.5
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Lucrezia's wedding day arrives, but it turns out to have anything but the desired results.
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  • About the episode

    10
    It had great costume design.
  • *** Spoiler-free *** An intellectual and entertaining take on a controversial period of History

    8.0
    Michael Hirst worshipers who enjoyed The Tudors could be disappointed by Neil Jordan's creation. Indeed its premiere was heavy on nudity but The Borgias focus more on relationships and manipulation. More blood ? More sex ? The answer is definitely no and in my opinion it's a pleasant surprise because when it comes to these often dried elements other productions are dedicated to better cover them, specially with sand. So viewers accustomed to switch off their brain before watching TV should literally fall asleep. Indeed the wit of some characters is challenging to follow and paying attention to their every words is mandatory to fully enjoy how well written the dialogs are. Of course all these mind games probably feel like UFOs to some but Jordan can only be praised for bringing some substance and even intelligence to a media that desperately needs it. Beside Interview with the Vampire I have to admit that I don't know his work so I suppose his recent films turned him into… a filmmaking pope ? Then convincing Showtime to produce and air his series was probably a walk in the park, or the work of a lifetime.



    As for the episode its pace was slow and nicely matched the delicate innocence of Holliday Grainger. She's 23 years old but perfect as the 13 years old Lucrezia Borgia. It was also surprising to finally witness her palette of emotions. It leads us to women rights because it seems these poor creatures had none back then and were only used as goods to superficially unite families. An other interesting element was the scene where Christopher Columbus is mentioned because it revealed how religion was greedy and vicious. As for the production it confirmed that the few flaws noticed in The Assassin were just mistakes. Bad time management ? At least it's not a question of budget and The Moor confirmed it. This 4th installment was even more impressive and the dancing sequences were well choreographed, dynamically filmed and beautifully designed. From the vivid costumes to the tension between some characters it was just great entertainment. And the bacchanal that followed should wake up your inner demons, always eager to welcome sneaking nipples and drink succulent wine. Last but not least I found the end a little rushed but it was definitely the cliffhanger a good episode requires to intrigue its audience. Stay tuned, the worst is yet to come and as Neil Jordan also wrote the remaining episodes I don't worry about their quality.moreless
  • 104

    2.0
    I do not want to write this show off already, but man, The Borgias is turning out to be a disappointment. This episode should have been called Nyquil because it was doing a pretty good job of putting me to sleep today. I know that I felt just as awkward and uncomfortable as many of the individuals did during the wedding and at the reception.



    The show just has not built a connection between the viewer and these characters the way The Tudors did. I do not know what I was supposed to feel during this episode, but I am guessing it was not supposed to be disdain.moreless
  • Heartbreaking to watch Lucrezia succumb to the boorish advances of her sullen brute of a husband, but the best episode I've seen from this show yet.

    8.5
    This episode really stood out for me above those that preceded it, perhaps because this episode focused more on the female characters of the show. I consider myself a pretty open-minded girl, but I do find myself identifying more strongly with the characters of Lucrezia and her mother, and the Pope's mistress Julia, than with the Pope's sons (although I do like Cesare a lot). I think this is because the time period in which this story is set allows women so little power, save their sexual power perhaps, and that makes it hard to watch and hard not to sympathize with their plight. Its heartbreaking to watch a young and innocent Lucrezia succumbing to the boorish advances of her sullen brute of a husband. However, I have to say that I do appreciate when a show is respectful enough of a time period not give their female characters to much of a post-modern feminist twist. I appreciate strong female characters, but within their historic context. I don't appreciate one-dimensional female characters who are passed over because within their historic context they were unimportant. There is a happy medium and I think The Borgias has achieved that. I looked forward to seeing how Lucrezia's character develops now that she is no longer enclosed in the domestic paradise of her mother's home. She's an intelligent and fascinating character already. Also watching Julia with interest; her motivations are so mysterious. I think this was the best episode yet.moreless
  • A very good episode as we watch the lead up to Lucrezia's wedding.

    8.5
    The anticipation leading up to Lucrezia's arranged marriage is far more nailbiting for the audience than for the bride-to-be herself and that is because the audience knows how badly the poor girl is being treated by the men in her life who profess to love her. The only true constants she seems to have are her mother and, ironically, her father's mistress because the Pope is certainly concerned only with making a favourable alliance.



    Lucrezia obediently agrees to whatever her father wishes, never dreaming what is to become of her after her marriage to the brute who is now her husband.



    The costumes were magnificent in this episode and the writing was very well done, meaning that the pace of the story didn't grind to a halt. A very worthy episode and one not to be missed.moreless

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