The New Pope: First Episode
January 13, 2020 10:13 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Series premiere. With Pope Pius XIII in a coma, Cardinal Voiello makes an unpredictable move during the deadlocked papal conclave.

Featuring: CONCLAVE TIME, coma drama, realizations of power, the return of Voiello (and other familiar faces), and pontifical machinations in abundance.

(And in case you missed the old theme song, don't forget to stick around for the end credits!)

Episode recaps:
- Vulture: The New Pope Premiere Recap: Keep Pope Alive
- AV Club: Jude Law's absence haunts the anxious, hilarious beginning of The New Pope

Bonus:
- Vulture Roundtable: How 'The Young Pope' Became 'The New Pope'

Previously, on FanFare: The Young Pope

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posted by rather be jorting (12 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Already in the middle of my immediate rewatch for this episode and feeling all that fresh new uncomfortable content firing so very many different neurons in my brain. To avoid spoiling any casual post clickers right out the gate, I'll just echo the end of the AV Club's recap for now:

"After some long, lean years, we’re back with The New Pope and I’m back with it. I am ready and we are going full speed ahead. Let’s pray."
posted by rather be jorting at 10:35 PM on January 13


The first season was so good that I'm almost afraid to watch since so many of these new era TV shows have been disappointing in the long run. But I guess I'll have to rely on the promise made by the first season and give this new one a chance. Now I just have to figure out how to see it without the long wait for it to come out on DVD.
posted by gusottertrout at 12:26 AM on January 14


The New Pope airs and streams via HBO in the U.S., Sky Atlantic in the U.K., and Canal+ in France.
posted by Etrigan at 7:33 AM on January 14 [1 favorite]


Yes! Do give this new series a chance - the first episode has so far delivered as the prologue to another season of "what!!!"-inducing cinematic moments and memorable dialogue. There's certainly a bit of a charisma void with the relative lack of our dude Pius XIII during the episode's runtime, but he's not entirely missing from the picture, and the ensemble cast does a decent job of keeping the papal drama alive in the meantime.

(btw if streaming is an option at all, HBO Now had the episode up pretty quick last night!)
posted by rather be jorting at 10:10 PM on January 14


And for anyone who liked the Papal Bull podcast from the Young Pope days:

Papal Bull: Resurrection 1 – Back in the Cassock
posted by rather be jorting at 10:13 PM on January 14 [2 favorites]


Hey, you elect a Franciscan, you run the risk of apostolic poverty and partying like it's 1289.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 5:06 AM on January 15 [2 favorites]


That sort of points to one of the things I really dug about the first season. The show sort of played with the idea of what it is one wants from God and what the consequences might be if you actually got what you wanted and God followed through on the implicit rationale behind that desire. I gotta love a show that takes that kind of idea seriously and lets it play out as its dramatic arc. I'm gonna have to see about borrowing a friend's HBO, since he did offer it. I just don't want to cause him any problems using it across country from where he lives.
posted by gusottertrout at 5:42 AM on January 15 [2 favorites]


And for anyone who liked the Papal Bull podcast from the Young Pope days:

Papal Bull: Resurrection 1 – Back in the Cassock



YESSSSSS!!! This is the best news I have had all week. I haven't watched this yet (I'm finishing up a rewatch of The Young Pope and of course listening to old episodes of Papal Bull) but I am basically clearly my calendar, turning off my phone, shutting all the blinds and preparing myself.
posted by soren_lorensen at 6:39 AM on January 15 [1 favorite]


> I haven't watched this yet (I'm finishing up a rewatch of The Young Pope and of course listening to old episodes of Papal Bull) but I am basically clearly my calendar, turning off my phone, shutting all the blinds and preparing myself.

Yay! I just started my own Young Pope rewatch yesterday, it's been wild how much the new series builds upon that. (Also it's reminded me how much I loved that "I was supposed to be Pope" soundbite from the original Papal Bull intro, omg what a line reading)
posted by rather be jorting at 8:55 PM on January 15


> gusottertrout: I just don't want to cause him any problems using it across country from where he lives.

"Someone I know" has been doing this with their parents' HBO for years now with 0 issues.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:17 AM on January 16 [1 favorite]


THANKS I LOVE IT
posted by soren_lorensen at 6:54 PM on January 17


YES FINALLY SOMEONE ELSE WHO HAS WATCHED THE EPISODE

My two favorite lines:

- "You keep saying my actions are dangerous, but there's only one dangerous thing for you here today: me knowing everything." ICE COLD SLAM DUNK OF DUNKS, oh my god! I really have to hand it to Francis II's actor here, he was so unrecognizable as the meek man from The Young Pope ep 1 that I genuinely did not remember seeing him from the beginning until I started my Young Pope rewatch. But there he was! He was there! He was right there all along, getting pranked by Lenny saying it was totally just a joke that he didn't believe in God, having to listen to Voiello's presumably countless confessions about the V of W, and lord knows what else. So good!

- [low-res flip phone THUMBS UP EMOJI]
posted by rather be jorting at 9:49 PM on January 19 [1 favorite]


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