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The Romanoffs Season 2: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

May 30, 2019
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‘The Romanoffs’ is an American anthology drama television series that airs on Amazon Video. The show first premiered on  October 12, 2018. It has been created, written, directed, and produced by Matthew Weiner. who is known for ‘Mad Men’ and for his work on ‘The Sopranos‘. The series boasts of a talented ensemble cast and is set all around the globe. It focuses on different stories from people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian Royal Family.

The series is an ambitious one as the cast, budget and international filming locations prove. However, this is part of the allure, and fans have flocked to the show. Critics have, however, been reserved in their praise, saying, “Matthew Weiner’s return to television is as handsomely made as it is ambitious and sprawling – unfortunately, it’s also fatally indulgent, asking for the utmost patience from audiences without a compelling incentive”.

The Romanoffs Cast: Who is in it?

As already mentioned above, the cast looks to be the best ever ensemble ever put together. The presence of Isabelle Huppert is what makes this whole endeavor so special. It is a modern-day travesty that the French legend hasn’t won an Oscar yet. She got her first nomination the last year for ‘Elle’. Still, her significance to cinema remains intact and her attachment to the project simply gives us butterflies. This will be the first time we’ll be seeing her on an American web series. But other names on the roll aren’t less impressive either.

Ex-‘Mad Men’ stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery, Jack Huston, of ‘American Hustle‘ and ‘Boardwalk Empire‘ fame, and Aaron Eckhart, famous for his role as Harvey Dent or Two-Face in Christopher Nolan’sDark Knight‘ trilogy, all feature in the first season. There are several other characters since the cast of each episode is different.

In the upcoming season, we fully expect to see a host of new talent, in the eventuality that the show does get renewed.

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The Romanoffs Plot: What is it about?

The main plot of the show, ‘The Romanoffs’, is a contemporary depiction “set around the globe, centering on separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.” Each episode of the show features a distinct plot because the producers “wanted to achieve the kind of show that you wouldn’t have to catch up because it would be different every week.” Each episode of the show is also filmed in a different language and has a different cast.

Notably, the family became the stuff of myths after they were murdered, and for the people who seek to be associated with this family, over the episodes, it appears to stem from the need to ascribe to something greater than themselves and belies a sense of toxic fragility and ego. Variety rightly notes, “It’s unsurprising that Weiner, who directs every episode of ‘The Romanoffs,’ would return to the creative well of superiority complexes after rendering such nuanced portraits of the same on “Mad Men.” Most of the characters on that celebrated series obsessed over the idea of leaving a legacy behind, whether through their work, family, social stature, or some combination thereof. By layering his new series with the weighty significance of the Romanoff history, Weiner fuels that same narrative fire. Anushka’s insecure boasting, Michael’s restless longing for satisfaction on his own terms, and the strange and incisive take in the third episode (currently under embargo, but the best of the bunch) are areas in which Weiner excels. Even when they’re maddening — and they are more often than not — they feel startlingly, painfully real.”

That being said, the series could definitely do better when it comes to the pacing. Each episode is almost 90 minutes long, which makes it as long as a movie. When this is coupled with the fact that the link between the episodes is tenuous, and they are more or less standalone stories, the show begins to lose out on returning viewers, which is never good news for a streaming platform. However, even where the plot lets the series down, the production is impeccable and is more than enough reason to justify a watch.

In the upcoming season, if there is one, we hope that the show sticks to the lofty ambitions of having a star cast, and maintains the tone of the series. However, the pacing will hopefully pick up and a tangible underlying link will be established between the episodes as a more plausible way of hooking audiences.

The Romanoffs Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘The Romanoffs’ Season 1 premiered on October 12, 2018, with weekly episodes being aired on Amazon Video. However, there has been no news about the upcoming season yet. While the series does have great potential and has had a star cast, it has only met with average reviews and has not gone on to be a crazy crowd puller in terms of audience numbers either. When all this is coupled with the fact that Amazon is in the process of making a show on J.R.R. Tolkien’s franchise, the chances do not look too good for ‘The Romanoffs’. Notably, the show about Middle Earth is going to be a big budget show due to the graphics and sets that will be required. Thus ‘The Romanoffs’ could be getting the ax. However, there is no point panicking about it just yet, and in the absence of an official confirmation, one can expect’The Romanoffs’ Season 2 of the show to air sometime in 2020.

The Romanoffs Trailer:

While we wait for the next season, you can check out the trailer for Season 1 below. If you have not seen the series at all, you could give it a watch.

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