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Sorrentino Continues His Pope Stories With THE NEW POPE

Sorrentino Continues His Pope Stories With THE NEW POPE

We all knew the strong possibility, due to all the buzz and acclaim that Paolo Sorrentino was going to follow up THE YOUNG POPE with some more papal exploits. What we didn’t know was it was not going to be a continuation of Pope Pius XIII’s story. Instead, the same themes will be explored by THE NEW POPE instead. That does not mean that Pope Pius or Lenny Balardo (Jude Law) … if you prefer won’t appear in the continuation, but the focus seems to be the next modern Catholic figurehead instead. Perhaps Lenny will be the new Pope’s senior advisor, like Cardinal Michael Spencer (James Cromwell) was to him. But, Law is not...

Inside THE YOUNG POPE Opening Credits

Inside THE YOUNG POPE Opening Credits

HBO loves a great Opening Credit sequence, doesn’t it?  We could rattle off a great number of them and what we like about each, and we just might do so one of these days when time allows, but for now we focus on one of the most recent ones. How about the credits for THE YOUNG POPE? On first look, it appears that Pope Pius the XIII is walking down a hallway, in perhaps The Vatican, amongst the religious iconography displayed. To tweak it they add some subtle animation to the paintings as if to say things are a bit different here now. Then we get that wink from the handsome face of Jude Law in his basic papal garb. The sequence concludes...

The Young Pope Season Finale: “Episode Ten”

The Young Pope Season Finale: “Episode Ten”

  Lenny’s love letters are actually improving his image to the public, but he still is an ass with respect to the issues of abortion and gay people in the church. Note to Lenny: it is 2017, get off your high horse and get with the times. Lenny, being the Pope and all, has quite the busy time: meetings with heads of state, debriefing with members of the Vatican (Guiterrez, Sofia, etc) and of course, dealing with the monster of the year, Archbishop Kurtwell. Which leads us to an exchange between Lenny and Guiterrez. Guiterrez revealed what we pretty much suspected: he is a homosexual. And Lenny is an ass because he wants to more or...

The Young Pope: “Episode Nine”

The Young Pope: “Episode Nine”

Nothing makes me angrier than having to watch something about priests and finding out that they were sick and abhorrent child molesters. This episode was very unsettling, to say the least. A lot of plotlines to get though and none of them very ‘feel good.’ Well, perhaps at the end it wasn’t so bad. Gutierrez (pictured right) just reminds me of a little lost soul, someone with no place to go, completely out of his element and down on his luck. Trying to build a case against someone in a powerful position is never easy, but he just keeps on finding that whatever evidence or witnesses he has just doesn’t seem to hold any weight and...

The Young Pope: “Episode Eight”

The Young Pope: “Episode Eight”

The holy (though truly unholy) ascension that Pope Pius XIII has vehemently and murderously fought for has come to a truly disturbing yet beautifully fitting climax in “Episode Eight.” By now, we are well aware that anything and everything Lenny does is entirely self-serving, masquerading God as his mask and taking brutal control of the Vatican with unfathomable self-indulgence. Additionally, forces continue to conspire against him at the Vatican, because clearly no good has become of Lenny becoming a dangerously self-centered bigot who outlaws abortion and homosexuality, lacking humanity and continuing to remain an unseen...

The Young Pope: “Episode Seven”

The Young Pope: “Episode Seven”

Most that kept up with The Young Pope thus far will agree it has cemented itself as an artistic and cinematically stunning series. It is breathtaking and beautifully orchestrated to fit each of its tones, from violently gritty to vibrantly lucid. We have watched Lenny—beg my pardon—Your Holiness, evolve as a narcissistic and vicious ruler akin to a dictator as Pope Pius XIII. His self-righteous nature has turned many against him, but Lenny always appears to have the upper hand. There are many theories surrounding Lenny’s intricate knowledge of everything occurring in the Vatican, but that’s up to personal interpretation. Let’s...

The Young Pope: “Episode Six”

The Young Pope: “Episode Six”

While the season has certainly been full of interesting moments, this episode starts off with a bang. Or rather, some banging. And we learn that many who take the priest’s cloth do not, in fact , abide by its rules. Lenny’s childhood friend Cardinal Dussolier is not only having sex outside the priesthood, he’s having threesomes with a man and a woman.  Oh, my.  What would Lenny say if he found out? Or perhaps, he already knows? The episode is nine months after the last, giving Lenny a little time to settle into his life as pope. Esther has given birth to her miracle child and named the boy Pious. It is very clear that...

The Young Pope: “Episode Five”

The Young Pope: “Episode Five”

Jude Law continues to baffle and amaze in his performance as Pope Pious XIII. Whether speaking kindly to a constituent or threatening those who oppose him, his even tone and calm demeanor is always unsettling. Which perhaps is his most powerful asset in dealing with those around him. And a subtle enjoyment for himself to leave everyone around him guessing at his true motives and intentions. This episode centers around his relationship with Esther, a wife of one of the Swiss guards. The pope has been spending an ample amount of time with the young woman, and many people are beginning to ask questions and make assumptions. Cardinal Voiello...

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