Juan- "If you don't have the stomach for this spectacle, you'll find that Spain lies that way."
Since Francois Arnaud and David Oakes have both been so fantastic during The Borgias second season, it's a shame that the series has had such a difficult time showcasing them in the same episode. "The Siege at Forli" was yet another example of this mishap as Cesare Borgia was sidelined for the majority of the hour.To read the rest of my review of this week's The Borgias, head over to TV Fanatic.
From his triumphant return, to his battlefield tactics, Juan Borgia was quite the standout once again. It felt so good to have him back, especially when his return meant a pet panther and cigars for the pope. I'm not sure which was more fun, watching the then unheard of cat bite the finger of Lucrezia, or watching Juan explain to Rodrigo and everyone else what the then unheard of cigars were and did.
It wasn't all panthers and puffing for the second son, though. He also made his way to Forli to take out the great Catherina Sforza in battle. What made his inevitable failure, and the quasi betrayal by his brother Cesare, so epic, was the feeling of superiority he and Rodrigo had going during their fireside chat early in the hour.
The father, sorry Holy Father, was proud that his boy had become a man, and truly felt that Juan was going to wipe out Catherina and take her back to Rome completely compliant.
The Borgias 207 - "The Siege at Forli"