Review of "The Empress" (Netflix)
In Europe, this was the season of Sisi. In an odd coincidence, a number of major media projects focusing on Elizabeth, Empress of Austria debuted within months of one another on the Continent, including two television series, a movie, and (in the coming weeks) a novel. Over on this side of the Atlantic, only one has seen widespread distribution, Netflix’s German biographical series The Empress, perhaps the loosest and most upbeat of the set. When I saw this listed on Netflix, I was rather intrigued; regular readers will recall that Habsburg history is one of my great interests, and rarely does it receive the kind of lush dramatic treatment that Netflix usually reserves for British royalty. Continued in my Substack newsletter.
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The story had a lot of possibilities. But it was only six episodes (It could have been 16 or 20 episodes easily). There could have been so much more character development and enhanced storylines. The other thing I really don’t care for is dark background filming—it is so dark that sometimes you can barely make the actors out. I don’t understand why they do that. It is not pleasant at all. So I personally found it a little disappointing. Even the cliffhanger at the end could have been a much more dramatic/ romantic one. I’m not sure if I want a season 2 or not. It would be great if they could make it like some of the amazing historical K-dramas and C-dramas I have watched over the years! I would probably rate this 6.5 or 7 out of 10.
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