Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It's March Madness for Historical-Fantasy TV!

This has been a crazy month so far if you’re a fan of television shows with historical or fantasy elements. I’m running out of time in the day to keep up with all the good TV airing right now, and we’re still a few weeks away from the biggest one of them all, the debut of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones ( you can watch the newest trailer below).

Here’s a quick re-cap of everything I’ve had to keep up with.


We’re only two episodes into Season 2 and my favorite Viking family has gone through a divorce, my favorite monk, Brother Athelstan, is now a fierce warrior, and Ragnar and his new wife have a brood of sons who will go down in Viking lore. As for the new wife, princess Auslag, is it me, or do I sense of bit of Cersei Lannister in her? She’s beautiful for sure—though Lagertha was too—and motherly, perhaps, but I’m not sure I trust her. And Siggy, well she’s certainly up to no good!

I'm not sure Flint can be trusted!*

Black Sails

This show has gotten better by the week. I don’t know if I like or despise Captain Flint—I sure can’t trust him, just like his crew can’t, and I wonder if he doesn’t deserve what they plan to give him. That said, I cannot imagine Billy Bones is gone; otherwise, Treasure Island never happens. Meanwhile, we’ve had Captain Vane rise from the dead (still can’t wait ‘til they explain that one), and we’ve seen Anne Bonny come into her own (she’s truly the most intriguing character in the past three or so episodes). And, I’m liking the hotheaded Eleanor even more as the show goes on. Anyway, Flint is in big trouble, and I have no idea how this season will end. I’m really looking forward to the finale this Saturday.

I'm truly looking forward to the return of this one!

Da Vinci’s Demons

In the midst of all of this, Starz will launch the second season of its historical fantasy Da Vinci's Demons on March 21. This show has so many elements I adore—an arcane religious plotline, evil clerics, intrigue and murder, the magic of science, fun characters, etc. I’m re-watching the first season right now, and am loving it even more the second time around. Also, it’s inspiring me to get back to Florence. Soon.

Once Upon a Time

Even this show’s back. And while it’s very different from the other shows on the list, it’s the only one I can watch with my daughter—because, after all, it’s only one not R-rated. I do really like this show and I enjoyed the Neverland/evil Peter Pan angle in the first part of this season. I recorded Sunday’s episode since my wife and daughter were out of town, but look forward to diving back into this one later this week.

And before we know it, we’ll be back with Jon Snow, Arya Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen, who, based on this trailer, is turning into a major freaking badass. As if she wasn’t one already. March may be madness, but April looks to be even more fun!

* Photo courtesy of Starz

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