KNIGHTFALL goes deep into the secret world of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity's most precious relics. From their battles in the Holy Land to their complex relationship with the King of France, the story of the Knights Templar has never been fully told...until now.
I have read everything about the Templars, including their Templar Rule Book. Historically, Philip went after the Templars' MONEY. that was the real motivation. The plot so far looks like they may imply that it was Landry's adulterous relationship with his queen that serves as the reason. If so, that isn't true. Philip needed money to pay for wars and crusades and the Templars had lots of it. They were the first international bankers. They lived simply but accrued massive wealth.Although the queen's affair with Landry makes for a steamier story line, the historical reason for their fall was Philip's greed for their vast wealth. But it is still a great program. Historically accurate in some respects. They did refer to the Muslims as Saracens in that era.
The acting is good, the production quality is high, but I know too much about this era of history to really be able to enjoy it because it diverges too far off from the historical record, which I actually think is more interesting and would make a better show.
I honestly don't understand all the negative reviews. I'm wondering if there is some agenda going on here with all the negative reviews for this show, most of them claiming lack of historical accuracy. This is TV - as in FICTION - not a documentary!
The show is very good and gets better and better with each episode. The final episode is excellent, and leaves a lot of intrigue open which I hope continues into a Second Season.
There are a satisfying number of unexpected twists and turns. Sure, there is some predictability at times, but it doesn't take away from the entertaining value of the show. The costumes and scenery are excellent and believable. The acting is very good and believable.
This is not Game of Thrones in terms of the number of utterly shocking twists and turns and highly intense character development. But then NOTHING out there is like Game of Thrones. I would say this is similar to Spartacus in terms of the drama, acting and action. Less violence than Spartacus. Also, there is no nudity in this because it is the History channel. But there is a good love story, and tension throughout, and good guys who do bad things and bad guys who do good things which keeps it from being simplistic.
In terms of the historical accuracy - who cares? If you want historical accuracy then watch documentaries or read a pile of history books. If you want to watch dramatic period depictions with a few historical facts here and there and lots of fiction, drama and action, all in a believable period setting, then watch TV shows and movies. And this is a really good TV show!
(So what's with all the critical reviews about the lack of historical accuracy?! It strikes me as extremely strange.)
If you like period shows (I do) with intrigue, action and drama, then you are going to enjoy this show! Give it 4 episodes, you'll be hooked!
I would have given this show 4 stars but gave it an extra star to balance out the extremely heavy-handed and suspect multiple negative reviews.
I'm looking forward to Season 2 of this show and would really like to see it continue!