A new show I have been heavily anticipating has been Knightfall. The History Channel is obviously attempting to capitalize on the popularity of their other Historical Fiction drama Vikings. I—for one—am perfectly OK with that. As a huge fan of Vikings, another show on TV in a similar genre is a win, in my opinion.
Also—as I addressed yesterday—some may find it strange for me to highlight such a show on this site. After all, this blog is meant to promote my upcoming series of Fantasy novels, and this show isn’t Fantasy. I won’t bore you with my reasons, since I went into it in much more detail yesterday. Suffice it to say that I believe all good stories require human emotion, and anything where people are using swords I consider right up my alley. Historical Fiction like Knightfall obviously fits perfectly as long as the time period is right, so here we are.
With only one episode having aired, it’s difficult to judge much about the show. I suppose the best thing to say about Knightfall, at this point, is that I’m guardedly optimistic. It’s definitely a serious period drama along the same lines as Vikings, which is a huge plus in its favor. Meanwhile, taking that same formula to a slightly later time and a different locale keeps it fresh.
If I had anything critical to say at the moment, it would be the first episode failed to provide a great deal of character development. What it did give us was a good amount of plot, which is great. It actually reminds me a bit of something Dan Brown could have written. That type of storytelling sets us on a path that‘s sure to be full of Templar pseudo-history, but it also looks destined to be entertaining. One good thing about tackling a moment in history where record-keeping is either a bit murky or disputed, Knightfall should be able to go it’s own way without being completely beholden to established facts.
In the end, it’s too early to say whether Knightfall is on par with the superb Vikings. I simply haven’t seen enough yet to make that kind of determination. What I can say—without reservation—is so far it’s better than The Bastard Executioner and not quite as complicated as Game of Thrones. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more in the weeks to come.