KNIGHTFALL; Capturing the Essence of the Time

I’ve written one or two blog articles about the show KnightFall, and that’s because…. it’s just that good. The other night I tweeted, “From creator to creator, The writers of KnightFall did a fabulous job capturing the essence of the time. Good job!”

I should probably first mention that I’m ordering the episodes from Google Play because the show was actually cancelled in 2020 after two seasons.

When I finished watching the first season I said to myself, that was good, but it was good in a different way than I’m feeling right now after watching the sixth episode from Season 2. At the end of season 1, I had that attachment to certain characters that we all experience when we start watching a new show we like. I went along with all the highs and lows of each episode-some left me upset, and some were quite pleasing. After I watched the final episode my reaction was, “Are you f*cking kidding me?” I could not believe it. I think we all loved Queen Joan as much as Landry did.

I wasn’t even sure if would keep watching the show because I felt like Joan was that important to the storyline. I mean how could the show go on without the Queen?

It did though, and not only did it go on, Joan’s legacy and affair with Landry is still the driving force behind everything that’s playing out.

Season 2 gripped me in a completely different way. I just read last night that the show is based on actual events between the Army of France and the Templars-I think the actual date was October 13, 1307 (Don’t quote me on that date, but I’m close).

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Now, lets get to how watching this show has clarified world history as it was written. When episode 6, Blood Drenched Stone ended last night, a whole bunch of stuff clicked. First of all, if you’re into the show, you’re into the drama of it. King Phillips Army invaded the Templar’s castle, but they arrived with the Pope on their side after convincing him the Templars were heretics and idol worshippers. The Templars fight for God, and their relationship with the Pope was very important since he is the holiest man on earth. Before King Phillip’s Army attacked, the pope convinced some Templars including the Grand Master to surrender their swords and face the charges. Landry pleads for them not to because it was a trap, and indeed it was. The Pope promised a fair trial, but as soon as they got in front the King, well, the King was running the show. While the Templars who surrendered to the King were killed and tortured, the other Brothers fought with the King’s invading army.

My heart was with the Templars last night. I wanted them to defend their castle, preserve the life of Landry’s baby daughter, and destroy the Kings army. They did the best they could, but the King’s army was much greater in numbers, and they were led by Gwaine. Gwaine was a Templar, but left the order after a falling out with Landry. Gwaine was given a second chance at life by helping the King. He had a lot of hate for his former brothers, and King Phillip, well, we know why he was mad.

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All of this is happened because Landry fell in love with Queen Joan, and eventually, he got her pregnant. Queen Joan was married to King Phillip. So there’s all this hate, rage and anger in the King, and rightfully so. Not only did his wife cheat on him, but she got pregnant by a man who was supposed to be like a brother to him. That love affair caused King Phillip to murder his wife, go after her baby when he realized it was saved, and want to completely wipe out the Templars and kill Landry. He went crazy. I mean events like this are monumental; they change the course of history!

What clicked? This story is supposed to have taken place sometime during the early 1300’s, approximately 450 years before America and the Declaration of Independence, but it all makes sense. The Templers vanished and went into hiding before disappearing and blending in with the normal citizens of the world. Yes, absolutely. The King was the ruler and most powerful man in France. He was behind the murder of a Pope. He could get away with anything, and that’s not a good thing if you were under his rule. Don’t underestimate the power of love.

People escaped Europe to find freedom, better quality of living, and safety. Yes, absolutely. The Founding Fathers were former Templars. They probably were. America and the formation and establishment of our system all makes sense now. Our rights, the separation between church and state, checks and balances, the presidential term limits; everything created to prevent a system were a King comes to power and rules over a population. It all makes sense.

Once again, the writers did a fabulous job, and I can’t believe this show wasn’t picked up for a third season. Oh well, at least I can still purchase the final two episodes of season 2.

Good Night!

KNIGHTFALL; Review

I was a little late with KNIGHTFALL, a show produced for the History Channel. The first episode aired in December, 2017, and I started purchasing episodes on Google Play in 2019, but I must say, I was hooked thereafter.

I’m not going to lie, this show has mixed reviews with the most critical pointing out certain historical inaccuracies. Others talked about quality; the show looked cheap; a low budget knockoff of something much better.

For me personally, KNIGHTFALL is amazing, and I say “is” because I’m still purchasing episodes from season 2. Unfortunately, Season 2 is the end. The final episode aired in May, 2019, and the History Channel announced their cancellation of Season 3 in May, 2020.

It’s not the newest show, but it’s still fairly new. People can argue about specifics, but I think this show captured all the important elements from a time I absolutely love. I love the Medieval/Victorian Era and everything that comes with it. Kings and Queens, the Templars, war, the struggle for territory in Europe, the Holy Grail, King Arthur, the power and influence of the church and Pope; KNIGHTFALL has it all, comingled with the shows natural plot, which by the way, is what roped me in. πŸ‘

“The Iceman”

Movie Review

Subconsciously, I must be on a Ray Liotta binge as of late because Iceman is the second movie of his that I saw in the month or so, but to tell you the truth, it’s really easy to forget that Liotta is even in the movie because it focuses so much on the Ice Man, Richard Kuklinski.

I didn’t even know The Iceman existed until seeing it on Youtube last month, but believe me, that takes nothing away from this movie. It came out in 2012, and Michael Shannon does an amazing job at capturing the audience, and taking us on this wild ride through the life and times of a real killer.

Richard Kuklinski was a hitman for hire, and killing was not only how he supported his family, but it actually became a way of life. Between the mid to late 60’s, and I think it was 1985 or 1986, Kuklinski is said to have killed between 100 and 250 people.

Ray Liotta plays a powerful a “mobster” in this film known in real life as Roy Demeo, who initially has a problem with the Iceman while Kuklinski was working in a pornogrhapy lab in Manhattan. After the incident, however, DeMeo is somewhat intrigued and interested in Kuklinski, and ends up putting him on his payroll as a hitman.

There really isn’t a dull moment in this movie, and honestly, I’m surprised that I was actually able to find such a quality copy available for free on Youtube, but I did, and I watched the entire movie, and I’d watch it again. It was that good.

What I find so interesting, is how the Iceman was able to consistently kill so many people over such a long period of time without getting caught. You want to talk about a journey through the mind of a madman, this guy could hack a person into pieces, and then go home and have dinner with his family. I couldn’t believe how he was able to keep his life of crime a secret for long. He did though.

Richard Kuklinski was in prison for 17 years, where he ended up dying at the age of 70 in 2005. I highly recommend this movie, and I garuntee you, before it’s over, in some weird way, you’ll be captured, and become sympathetic towards this monster.

We gave the Iceman Starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, James Franco, Ray Liotta, and Chris Evans “5 Takes.”

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“Control”

Movie Review

Ray Liotta fans, if you haven’t seen the 2004 thriller, Control,Β it’s a must see.Β  Liotta plays a crazy sociopath, who ends up in the care of a doctor (WIlliam Defoe) who at first appears only concerned with the progression of his career and the promotion of an SSRI medication that’s supposed to completely change his patient’s interior, but by the end, they’re on the same team and both are trying to stay alive.

What really caught my attention is the scene when the doctor says, “back in the day they used to preform frontal lobotomies on people by slicing a portion of their brains off, but today, they do it in a more civilized manner, biochemically.”

With all the talk about SSRI’s today, I thought that was really interesting.

A must see.Β  I give it “five takes.”

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