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Godunov Continuation – Recap-ka of Monomakh! – Episode 5

Episode 5 Recap: A grieving but determined Fyodor Borisovich Godunov ascends to the throne of his father.  The teenager looks out at the same sea of two-faced boyar faces.  Bishop Varlaam entreats him to be strong and depend on “these … Continue reading

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Godunov Continuation – Recap-ka of Monomakh! – Episode 4

Episode 4 Recap: Poor Boris is having another bad nightmare.  In this one he re-encounters Ivan the Terrible in the hot tub.  But the bathhouse is all cob-webby and everything is falling apart.  Ivan looks like a zombie, with scabs … Continue reading

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Godunov Continuation – Recap-ka of Monomakh! – Episode 3

Episode 3 Recap: Dear Readers:  Where we left off, Xenia Godunova was supposed to get hitched to Prince Charming of Denmark, but then he keeled over unexpectedly and is in a coma.  But don’t throw those bridesmaid dresses away just … Continue reading

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Godunov Continuation – Recap-ka of Monomakh! – Episode 2

Episode 2 Recap: Famine.  The people of Moscow are dying like flies. Tsar Boris knows perfectly well that the boyars are hoarding grain.  A little Marxist education:  Medieval Russia was an oligarchy, in which the main landowners ran the government.  … Continue reading

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Godunov Continuation – Recap-ka of Monomakh! – Episode 1

Episode 1 Recap: As the series opens, we meet an older, crueler, and greyer Boris Godunov. Gone is the idealistic Oprichnik of the first few episodes of Season 1.  Heavy lies the crown on the head that… etc. Nonetheless, as … Continue reading

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Godunov Continuation – Recap-ka of Monomakh! – Meet Filaret!

Dear Readers: Before proceeding with the plot recaps, I just wanted to do a quick sidebar on the character of Fyodor Romanov, aka Bishop Filaret.  One of my personal complaints about Season 2 of Godunov is there was far too … Continue reading

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Godunov Continuation – Recap-ka of Monomakh! – The Making Of…

Dear Readers: The production of the Boris miniseries was a huge and expensive project.  Please to watch the 13-minute video in the link I just linked for some exciting trailers and historical analysis.  The subject matter:  The crucial period of … Continue reading

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