Monday, February 15, 2016

The Royals (Season 2)

The Royals is an E! television drama series on a fictional dysfunctional British royal family. The second season premiered on November 15, 2015 and centers around the ramifications of the assassination of King Simon. 

Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena Henstridge
William Moseley as Prince Liam Henstridge
Alexandra Park as Princess Eleanor Henstridge
Jake Maskall as King Cyrus

I give this TV show a 2/5. It's the story of a dysfunctional, drug taking, sex addicted royal family, you know from the get go that this isn't Shakespeare. It's raunchy, it's drama filled, it's a tad cheesy at times but it works. Compared to the first season, the story was a bit all over the place and I felt that the story didn't advance much. The only thing holding this story together was the search for Simon's killer and even that fell a little flat. However, what I felt was an improvement from last season, was character development more specifically for Princess Eleanor's "Len's"character. Alexandra Park, you are a beautiful girl and I hope you get far in your acting career. William Moseley, I'm sorry, you are extremely dull as our protagonist. You had more charisma as Peter from the Chronicles of Narnia than you do here. And when everyone from the story is trying to push you up to be the King they think you are, I don't believe it. Jake Maskall, you CHEW that scenery! Chew it to bits and pieces. His story line was drawl and his character was unappealing - sadly, not in a love-to-hate-him kind of way. Why are the twins even in this series? They aren't funny, they're just annoying. When I heard that Elizabeth Hurley was cast in the role of Queen Helena, my first thought was, "YES!" and she kills it as the Queen. She is at her best when she outsmarts people and boldly says, "I'm the Queen". But her character doesn't go anywhere this season and it feels like such a waste of potential. While I did not approve of Jasper's blackmailing ways in the first season, I saw some potential in him this time around and the unraveling of his backstory was an interesting addition to the plot. It's not good by any stretch of the imagination but if you're looking for some raunchy royal fun, give it a try.   

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