One of history’s most devastating incidents that shook the 20th-century was the brutal massacre of the Romanovs, which marked the end of a 300-year-old imperial dynasty. Although this meant their political reign was over, their story still continues to fascinate many. Nearly after a century, when this tragic execution took place, Netflix came up with a series — part historical documentary and part period drama — which delves into the history of the last Czars to rule Russia.
‘The Last Czars’ narrates the fall of the Russian Imperial Romanov family and its patriarch, Tsar Nicholas II, who were murdered in 1918, post the February Revolution. During this period, there was a social upheaval that swept through the Soviet, with Czar Nicholas II resisting the change. This led to a revolution that culminated in the death of the entire generation.
The Last Czars Cast: Who is in it?
‘The Last Czars’ stars Robert Jack as the protagonist. Ben Cartwright of ‘Sherlock Holmes‘ fame enacts the role of Rasputin and Susanna Herbert portraits Alexandra. Accompanying them in other lead roles are Oliver Dimsdale, Elsie Bennett, Duncan Pow, and Steffan Boje.
The Last Czars Plot: What is it about?
A scripted drama that is accompanied by leading historians offering their insights in some of the scenes depicted on the show, ‘The Last Czars’ chronicles the events that led to the ruthless assassination of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Empress Alexandra, and their five children — Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei. After World War I, the Soviet witnessed a huge crisis, making the regime too fragile. Amidst several political upheavals, when Nicholas II couldn’t control one of the protests in St. Petersburg, he was compelled to resign. In 2018, his command was replaced by a Republican rule under a provisional government by communist agitators. Meanwhile, the tsar, along with his family, was exiled to the Siberian town of Tobolsk. After one year, they were shifted to the local Ural Soviet council, Yekaterinburg and imprisoned in the Ipatiev House. Finally, on the night of July 17, 1918, the entire family was assassinated by Bolshevik guards.
The Last Czars’ primary goal is to explore the lives of the final Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, whose personal life was immensely under stress because of the growing unrest in the country., especially after the nation’s devastating losses during the First World War. Fearful about his and his dynasty’s future, Nicholas II took help from a mystic monk, named Grigori Rasputin. When he started exerting his influence on the royal family, he quickly gained their confidence and started to amass status and power, to further his own ambitions. Sexually promiscuous and a heavy drunkard, Rasputin’s actions were criticized by the public. Since he had a huge influence on both Nicholas and Alexandra, he was one of the major reasons that caused the downfall of the Tsar.
As viewers, we can, in fact, relate to many of the emotional turmoils depicted across the episodes. For instance, most of Alexandra’s actions were a result of her trying to protect her children. She blindly trusted Rasputin because she believed that his powers were actually having a healing effect on her son and heir, who was suffering from hemophilia. On the other hand, she desperately wanted her husband to succeed because she was in love with him. On the other hand, Nicholas, the handsome and blue-eyed monarch was majestic and immaculate in his own way. But he believed that it was his birthright to rule as a sacred autocrat. This arrogance gradually made him earn the distrust and disrespect of his own government. And when the couple brought in Rasputin to make up for their inadequacies, it became the final straw in propelling their demise.
Below is the trailer for season 1 of the show. You can check it out to understand what this series is all about and how the creators have incorporated a unique hybrid format in its execution.
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