Shogun is beautifully crafted and easily the most ambitious TV miniseries ever made. John Rhys-Davies and Toshiro Mifune are always a pleasure to watch. The series starts off stronger than it finishes, however. The series seems to be building up to an epic battle, which does take place, but we don't get to see (too expensive?). The love story between Blackthorne and Mariko was painful to watch, due to horribly trite writing and a one-note performance from Yoko Shimada, and should have ended up on the cutting-room floor. Overall, though, Shogun is an incredible experience.