Sunday 2 October 2022

TV Review: The Empress (2022) (Historical Drama)

The Empress
6 episodes
Devrim Lingnau, Philip Froissant
Historical Drama

When rebellious Elisabeth falls for Emperor Franz and becomes his unlikely bride, she enters a world of tension and intrigue at the Viennese court. (Synopsis)

I have mixed feelings about The Empress. On the plus side, it was less objectionable than the other new drama about Elisabeth (Sisi (2021)) which I watched recently; it didn't fly off into quite as many feats of wild imagination and nonsense. However, there were still things that felt wrong for the time period and setting (in terms of plot points and costumes) and the whole thing was still a bit over the top in terms of characterisation and action. I recently read the book on which this was based, and most of the issues I had were not present in the novel, so were clearly added by scriptwriters. If you just want an emotional historical drama with a decent dash of sex, this series will give it to you. Just don't expect everything to be historically accurate. It gets 3.5 stars from me.


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