I thought that was some random kid coming to see the adult Lenny's speech. I was entertained more than E1 it's time for my snack! Telling off the faithful masses? While I kind of dig his love of mystery and remaining unseen, what was the point of the speech in silhouette if the world's already seen him? Guess I'm the only one who thinks this pope is the Antichrist, huh? It's interesting to me that Lenny brings up love so often, but so inappropriately. Ο Λένι Μπελάρντο είναι νέος και γοητευτικός και η εκλογή του φαίνεται να είναι αποτέλεσμα της επιτυχημένης επικοινωνιακής πολιτικής του Κολεγίου των Καρδιναλίων. Plus, a really interesting discussion of how much power you get from not letting yourself be seen, from tacky souvenirs to speeches in the night. Is there something telling in his choice of the new Directory or the Museum dedicated and called after the last guy was a backstabbing douche? In particular, I think that the topless sunbathing memory of his mom is meant to show that he was born without Original Sin, since it showed that his mother was apparently too innocent to cover her nakedness, like Eve before the Fall. Love of any kind was completely absent from it. I know a lot of folks were goofing on this show on social media before it even ran and yes, some of it is ridiculous and self-indulgent but I think there's something more going on and I am curious as to what it is.
I found myself leaning in towards the tv. How could she greet him at the orphanage and simultaneously run off to Venice? It would make some sense then, that God manipulated the conclave to get his guy in, who was predestined given the foreshadowing of the steamed glass writing on the bus of Lenny as an 11-year-old. Πανούργος και ταυτόχρονα αφελής, οπισθοδρομικός αλλά και πρωτοπόρος, απρόθυμος και μαζί αποφασιστικός, μελαγχολικός και αδίστακτος, αναζητά τον Θεό που μπορεί να προσφέρει στους ανθρώπους και τον εαυτό του. A chain-smoking, secretive, right-wing Machiavelli with a love of gold jewelry and big hats, Lenny knows what's up in the Vatican, so he eschews the counsel of the Secretary of State and brings in his surrogate mother, Sister Mary Diane Keaton , to serve as his chief advisor. Jude Law is vey good, Cécile de France is a nice addition this episode, and the Italian cast is excellent.
Edited January 18, 2017 by WatchrTina What is with the 'you don't deserve me' during the speech and Sister Mary implying something mysterious about him? Lenny shocks the world with his first address, in which he demands Catholics worldwide devote themselves body and soul to God no matter the consequences. Ωστόσο, στο Βατικανό, εκεί που οι άνθρωποι ορίζουν την εκκλησία, τα φαινόμενα συχνά απατούν. Also, Lenny being super-conservative, like he can see through fakes in the Church. I started watching Monday and, two episodes in, I'm getting very intrigued by the contradictions of the main character. Poor Scott is apparently not involved but eh. Hope I'm wrong on this one, but it doesn't seem like it.
And Spenser goes on and on about Lenny being Pope and how angry he is about that, but Lenny keeps saying things like Spenser's hurting him, etc. And decades later have the balls to wear a T shirt that says she's a virgin? It is the ultimate wish fulfillment. I don't understand yet why Lenny is so drawn to Father Gutierrez. Sister Mary and Cardinal Voiello struggle to control Lenny, who admits that his conservative religious views were caused due to his parents abandoning him to an Italian orphanage to continue a hedonistic lifestyle. I think that Sister Mary and Spenser are his mother- and father-figures but not his actual mom and dad. I don't even think that he fully believes that agape exists.
What's with the blond woman in the crowd? Though I presume the young pope didn't really care about that and just wanted to free up the position for his former mentor, which is even more of a dick move. Even Sister Mary, whom he lets into his confidence, still gets aloof Lenny. Just scene after scene of the Pope being a dick. . I think Lenny is actually pretty demonstrative toward Sister Mary.
I think that's similar to how Lenny interacted with Spenser, too. I think we're going to find out that Guierrez is either pedophile, or pedophile victim. I'm also having trouble understanding the Italians. But that doesn't seem like he's even considering that. Okay so the Pope-is-a-dick theme continues with the firing of a presumably celibate priest due to his sexual orientation.
He seems to be a coward who really believes the things he said in his dream-Homilie, but he can't even admit it to himself, let alone other people. And meanwhile, I don't get the sense that Lenny feels agape for anybody. Plus, a really interesting discussion of how much power you get from not letting yourself be seen, from tacky souvenirs to speeches in the night. I don't understand yet why Lenny is so drawn to Father Gutierrez. I like episode 2 more than 1, but both had amazing intros ep.
We also saw a glimpse of Lenny's mother, in his random memory of her sunbathing topless. But the content was absurd. I know a lot of folks were goofing on this show on social media before it even ran and yes, some of it is ridiculous and self-indulgent but I think there's something more going on and I am curious as to what it is. Lenny is so bitter, ascetic, and high-strung, and Gutierrez seems to be more-or-less the opposite. Ok, so he dismisses the Prelate, but keeps Cardinal Voieello? A few things on this much better second episode: - When a new Pope is elected, he's ushered out almost immediately onto the balcony for the world to see in his new papal garb. And it's a miniseries, so I assume there is an ending.
Did anyone catch what Sister Mary's t-shirt said? It's an intriguing relationship, for sure! I literally laughed out loud at the Homilie. I'm like why are all the nuns standing around like statues? Also, when he got insanely jealous right after, and went barging through her apartment looking for someone, and said that nobody loved him, she calmed him down by saying she saw Christ in him. It was something about a virgin but I never got it all. And that whole balcony speech was a big thumb-in-the-eye to me, the agnostic, wary-of-organized-religion, lapsed Catholic so yeah -- the Pope is a dick. The delivery of the speech was fantastic.
They zoomed on her twice. I'm calling it now - Sister Mary and James Cromwell's character are Lenny's parents I thought it was explicitly said in the first episode that Sister Mary was his mother. Lenny is so bitter, ascetic, and high-strung, and Gutierrez seems to be more-or-less the opposite. I think he basically wanted to make her his head advisor and make Spenser the head of the priests, so they could all work together and live next door to each other and be a happy little family. Are they making it out that Lenny is some sort of God-dedicated Saint, capable of miracles the kangaroo and something alluded to by Sister Mary at the dining table. I think that she feels agape for him, but maybe that's all.