The story follows the lives of the Borgia family when Pope Innocent VIII dies and Rodrigo Borgia is elected as the next Pope through his political manipulations and the reality his new position brings upon the rest of his family and Europe.
The Borgias is a Canadian-UK co-production with high production values, filmed on location in Hungary, produced in Canada and directed by an Irishman. In addition, Steven Spielberg is a producer and was the one who suggested that The Borgias might work better as a cable drama instead of a feature length film. Jeremy Iron’s takes on the lead role of Rodrigo Borgia in what appears to be a primarily British cast.
The Series Arc
When Rodrigo Borgia is elected Pope, some of his cardinals are displeased with one such cardinal going to France and asking its King to help dispose of the Pope for the reasons of having bribed his way into Office and having a mistress. The French King agrees in exchange for Naples which France has traditional claims over.
I rather enjoyed the relationship between siblings Cesare and Lucrezia Brogia in terms of how close they are to one another though it at times seemed almost incestuous which was rather disturbing. Lucrezia Brogia’s marriage was a sad affair given how mistreated she was at the hands of her husband but when her marriage was annulled and he publicly humiliated I felt happy she at least had some measure of justice. The other members of the family didn’t impact on me so much though I enjoyed their stories too. I wasn’t too convinced on how Rome was saved from being sacked just because the French King would not see Lucrezia Borgia harmed so that whole resolution to the story arc was a low point for me. Overall I enjoyed all nine episodes and am very much looking forward to its return in 2012.