The continuation of the series based on the mythical historical character takes flight, charges the inks in the palace intrigues, the soap opera and the battles to offer entertainment
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‘El Cid’ It has improved remarkably, although it may not have been released on good dates, the promotion has been less and it is still criticized for its first season for rather ideological and encyclopedic reasons. It is not necessary to ask fiction for extreme historical veracity, for a reason there are literary licenses. Precisely, the series grows the more it fantasizes and goes on to stick only and exclusively to what seems to have happened in the history of Spain, where brothers and sisters killed each other. That is, like now but with blood instead of insults on Twitter. It was not worth them to skin themselves, they brandished the sword to solve any conflict, territorial or sentimental, without knowing to this day, without margin of error, the true reasons for the conflict.
The work of Jaime Lorente as the main interpreter also grows in the new batch of chapters, five episodes of almost an hour in duration that are seen in ‘Game of Thrones’, saving budgetary distances. El Cid has more prominence, now everything revolves around his exploits to save his lord’s crown. The disputes between the heirs of the different kingdoms of the bull hide after the death of Ferdinand I the Great backbone a more violent story arc, with fierce hand-to-hand battles and palace intrigues. The mess in the bedroom also intensifies Family ties, heartbreak and passion feed those soap opera airs necessary for the story to engage the average viewer without fuss. With the war in the background, betrayal is served.
There is no problem to load characters of weight in the plot of ‘El Cid’, although they enjoy the affection of the audience. The scriptwriters’ pulse does not tremble. The main roles can die at any moment, skipping the history books, hence those who have read Wikipedia cover to cover to compete in ‘Pasapalabra’ may be surprised, for better or for worse. The acting work continues to be remarkable, with some exceptional supporting roles that confirm the good state of the profession for these payments. The steering has improved significantly, it is more careful. The means have increased or production has been better squeezed out. Spaces and decorations are used more to generate atmosphere, with pampered settings. To highlight the beginning of the third chapter of this second session, where the image places us emotionally at a crucial moment. In the new season, with a better rhythm, Ruy stops being a teenager, earns his status as a knight and moves between two ladies who sigh for his bones -the least interesting of the whole-. His loyalty to Sancho II of Castile is put to the test, angrily confronted by his brothers, while suggestive characters, such as Urraca, know how to move between good and evil. It can arouse empathy or a voracious hatred, which enriches the profiles. There is a gap for sisterhood and no one is saved from burning when it comes to talking about trust.
The premiere of ‘El Cid’ aroused few filias and many phobias in its day, without really talking about its creative virtues and defects. The controversial statements in an interview of his protagonist mattered more, getting politically wet, as well as the fidelity in the story. The series distances itself from reality to offer spectacle, something that Americans have been doing since time immemorial, hence it is working well outside our borders, where the potential audience is free from prejudice. In the first steps of the tribulations of El Cid Campeador hardly anything remarkable happened, quite the opposite of the new installment, where the drama rises. As if they had split in two seasons of five episodes the initial session, the action continues, supported by an interesting debate with clear connections with the present. That terrible idea of power and civil warfare, where they kill each other, here between brothers and friends. Accepting that Ruy’s legend is changing from voice to voice, there are many written versions, and the existing data cannot conclusively confirm what happened at that time, the proposal gains vigor and places the characters in an interesting situation for their development in a third season.
The first two seasons of ‘El Cid’ are available on Amazon Prime Video.