by Catherine Maier
The Young Pope is a new series that has started this year on HBO. To my knowledge, this is a unique and different show from other religiously driven series. An American has been elected as Pope Pius XIII at only 47 years old. How he got elected is not immediately revealed to the viewers, which gives the show an immediate suspense associated with the episodes to come.
What I find to be the most interesting in terms of the show is the Pope himself and his rather arrogant yet comical ways which are completely against what one would think about how the Pope would carry himself and act around others. His smoking tendencies, and rather crazy outlandish thoughts that he shares regarding his and others beliefs in God are controversial yet intriguing. He is a very power-hungry character that is not afraid to occasional speak of his anti-Christ feelings. He is completely uncharacteristic of a Pope, and not to mention he is a handsome character that clearly attracts the attention of the women around him.
Another very interesting aspect of the show is the immersion into the Vatican as a viewer. It has an educational aspect to it by incorporating some of the traditions as well as aspects of the Vatican into the storyline that may otherwise be unknown to the viewer.
I am looking forward to the episodes to follow in this dramatic story about this young American Pope. There is not much that is known about him, and following his character throughout is going to be interesting and will hopefully more clearly articulate the reasons for his behavior and attitude that we have seen thus far.
In the two screen captures that I have included, you get a sense of his controversial nature as he falls into the arms of a woman and the unknown. In the second image, there is a choice for the camera to look at him from above, and show his power-hungry nature as a young Pope and alludes to this sense of distance between him and everyone else while encompassing his power.
For more information about the Young Pope, check out this article.