It’s history jam-packed month from the Romans, to the Samurais of Japan to the events of World War II. Here’s our top TV series for February.
#9 Iron Fist
(Last month’s #9). Honestly, I just want to see Danny Rand here and the fight scenes. What with the chaotic storyline and somewhat underwhelming power of this superhero, it’s quiet a bore to watch “Iron fist” sometimes. But this series has its moments.
#8 The Liberator
(New Entry). Bradley James is back! I don’t know about the comic theme of this series, but I think this is a bummer because we want to see James without turning him into a cartoon. “The Liberator” is a mini series drama about the fight to liberate Europe during World War II. You know me, history and James? Well count me in.
#7 The Last Czars
(Last month’s #7). Who says documentary and drama could not work well? “The Last Czar” is pretty hard to sell what with the story being unknown compared to other series of this type. But the narrations help a lot in bringing this piece of history into life.
#6 Roman Empire
(Last month’s #5). Season 1: Reign of Blood features the story of Commodus which was interesting in itself. Add to it was the actors who played Commodus and Cleander and you are in for a treat. While I have learned something new about the Roman Empire in this series, I disagree with the historians on some of their theories surrounding Commodus. I can’t wait for Season 2.
(Last month’s #2). An interesting take on the history of the Knights Templar, “Knightfall” is an engaging series, a combination of “Merlin” and “Marco Polo.” Tom Cullen’s acting here is superb. He plays as Landry de Lauzon, the master of the Knights Templar in France, and while this bit of France’s history under King Philip is not that fun, the mystery surrounding the Holy Grail will keep the audience glued on their screens.
#4 Troy: Fall of a City
(New Entry). You can’t compare this series to that of the popular movie staring Brad Pitt. First, this series is based on Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey which means it is rich in details. Something that it can afford given that it is a miniseries. Second, this show goes beyond the works of Homer, covering some parts only alluded in those works. Greek gods appearing with mortals? Yes, please.
#3 Greatest Events of World War II in Colour
(New Entry). The fun thing about this series is not that it managed to colorized Normandy beach (good to know the water is blue) which is oddly weird, but the narrations of experts which details some of the stuff we didn’t know about World War II.
#2 Rise of Empires: Ottoman
(New Entry). Mehmed the Conqueror is one of my favorite historical figures, alongside Alexander. While this series’ story is sadly limited to the conquest of Constantinople, the details on which the experts narrate the battle will glue you to the screens. Also, Turkish actor Cem Yiğit Üzümoğlu’s portrayal of the famous sultan of the Ottoman Empire is superb.
#1 Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan
(New Entry). The series tells about Feudal Japan during the civil war between warring states headed by their daimyos. Essentially, it focuses on the ‘great unifiers’ of Japan: Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. The fact that I finished this series in one sitting (6 episodes with 43-45 minutes of running time) is proof of how addicting this show is.
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