Critic Consensus: Though its predecessor's shadow looms large, devout fans will still find much to like in The New Pope's exploration of power dynamics and sumptuous strangeness.
The New Pope: Season 1 Videos
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as Pope Pius XIII
as Pope John Paul III
as Cardinal Bernardo Gutierrez
as Cardinal Angelo Voiello
as Cardinal Mario Assente
as Sister Lisette
as Abbess of St. Therese
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"The New Pope" has a lot to say about the church's role in the modern world, its significance to socio-political events, and what's expected of its leaders - and it says it with a sharpened edge.
It can also veer into indulgence, sometimes seeming to shock for shock's sake. Prepare yourself for those moments... but do not let them stop you from gobbling up every strange, sad, sexy, unsettling second of this series.
Unlike season one, whose story seemed to lurch along as if truggling to find its way, season two's narrative unspools steadily - if slowly, at times - and arrives upon a conclusion that feels resolute and satisfying. And -- happily, crucially -- weird.
For the most part the series is as delicious as it was before... The true anchor of the series, it's now clear, is not any particular pope-star but rather Sorrentino's strange artistic vision.
Beyond the neon and nudity, there's an interesting examination of the Vatican's spiritual, moral and ethical shortcomings waiting for you.
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