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13 Aug 2019 9:23 p.m. PST
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Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2019 9:18 p.m. PST


After a long drawn out waiting period stretching several months back to Spring 2019, the much anticipated sophomore season of History's (formerly known as The History Channel) "KNIGHTFALL" has arrived on Netflix!!!

FULL DISCLOSURE: Yes, it's true, I worked as an Executive Producer and writer on this second season (after having nothing to do with Season One) but even if that was not the case, I would be here promoting it to you, my fellow Medieval wargamers!

"Why" you ask"?


It is dark, gritty, takes some liberties with the early 14th Century record but makes a sincere effort to give an accurate impression of the era, and IMHO features some great performances and excellent production design.

If you add up all 8 episodes of Season Two, they total just under 6 solid hours of Medieval story telling (with no dragons or orc, elves or wizards in sight -- not that there's anything wrong with that) filled with a litany of early 14th Century MEDIEVAL GOODNESS, including but not limited to:

-Heroically doomed Templars
-Cursed French Royals
-Bloodthirsty Luciferian heretics
-High Medieval military training
-Persecution of Cathars in the Occitane
-Nobly decaying Leper Knights of Saint Lazarus (when's the last time you saw those dudes on the small (or big) screen???
-Palace intrigue
-Curia intrigue
-Pope Boniface VIII and the Slap of Anagni
-Skirmishes galore
-The rise of the French Royal army
-The rise of Isabella the "She Wolf" of France
-The fall of Margaret of Burgundy in the Tour de Nesle Affair
-A full-blown siege
-Multiple burnings at the stake

I ask you my fellow Medieval history enthusiasts: what's not to like????***

Tune in (to Netflix) and enjoy!***

***If it turns out there is stuff not to like and/or it turns out you do not enjoy, no harm, no foul. And should you ever play in a game with me, Medieval or otherwise, I will try to make it up to you.

Noss Calavera14 Aug 2019 4:30 a.m. PST


Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2019 5:32 a.m. PST

As someone who really disliked season one (I did not even complete the first episode), I have to say I am enjoying season 2 very much. Good story, well crafted. definitely worth watching. Watched 2 episodes last night and I'll probably wrap it up this week.

BorisTheSpider16 Aug 2019 10:35 a.m. PST

I watched a little of season one…truly awful. Doesn't inspire me to give season 2 a chance

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2019 2:33 p.m. PST

No surprise there BorisTheSpider -- which is EXACTLY WHY I created this thread!!!

For those like yourself -- and Stosstruppen -- who tuned in when the series first started and found themselves… quickly tuning out.

For all the TMP Medievalists out there, and general fans of historical drama, who were frustrated and bummed at what the first season did and did not deliver. I wanted to advise you that Season Two is different enough to merit a second chance.

If you choose not to be forgive the creative offense your taste suffered at the hands of Season One, I will understand. But I will also feel bummed, not from any mercenary self-interest (larger audience size will not equal more money in my pocket) but simply because I honestly believe you might enjoy Season Two. And the ENTIRE STAFF of writer-producers that came up with the season's story and wrote all of the episodic scripts was COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. No one who worked in that capacity on Season One returned.

Boris, whether you end up watching or not, THANK YOU for taking the time to post your comment. I know you're not the only one who shares that sentiment, and I appreciate the opportunity to reply.

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