Everything I did and didn't expect from a successor series to The Young Pope. Beautiful images, beautiful words--at the risk of sounding pretentious, it was like watching modern literature. In fact, I felt as if I was reading the episodes; the script and visual narrative are completely detached from real life, yet perfectly in step with one's inner life. Another masterpiece in my eyes; I prefer it to The Young Pope.
The first part of the season, with Law and Keaton gone, lacked the emotional gravitas that permeated the entire first season, even with Malkovich, Cécile de France, Silvio Orlando and the entire supporting cast at their peak. It started gaining momentum when Pius XIII finally woke up and reclaimed the keys to the kingdom all the way to that amazing finale. The show remains bold, beautiful and entertaining as ever.