Watched the premiere episode. They really needed to make it a two-hour/two-episode premiere, as the premise for everything that is happening takes the full first episode just to get to the very start of an interesting plotline, and then you’re left hanging.
I still very much enjoyed it though. The Acre battle scenes were nice, with the medieval Go-Pro helm cam view a nice touch. It was kind of funny that 15 years afterwards, the only guy who seemed to have aged at all was Godfrey, the Templar leader, but what’s a little suspension of disbelief between friends?
Thus far the plot, twisting between the loss of Acre and the Grail, the struggles of France and the reluctance of current Templar leadership to leave France for the Holy Land because “mysterious reasons only just now being revealed” is fairly interesting.
I can definitely see the critics’ points as to the heavy lean towards violence and battle (then again, it’s the middle ages…) and muddled (thus far) plot being difficult to follow. It could also be a little better acted in some roles, though it’s hard to tell this early on who will survive to be a major character and who is there for plot advancement only right now.
Bottom line : I love historical fiction shows/books, and this is cut from the exact same cloth as shows like Vikings and Last Kingdom and features a new and interesting setting and focus, so I’m enjoying it thus far and am in for more episodes.