Rise of Empires: Ottoman: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
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Air date: Jan 24, 2020

Taking the Ottoman crown, Mehmed II dispatches a bold message to Byzantine emperor Constantine XI. His actions spur the emergence of the Genoese mercenaries.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2020

Mehmed spearheads an attack to breach Constantinople's defenses. Giustiniani's soldiers succeed in delaying the Janissaries' full assault.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2020

To take down the city's walls, Mehmed's men try tunneling beneath them. The Ottoman naval blockade falters, decreasing their offensive advantage.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2020

In an unorthodox and bold move, Mehmed transports his ships across land to besiege the Golden Horn. Meanwhile, Giustiniani launches an attack against the Ottoman forces in retaliation to their betrayal.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2020

Mehmed proposes a tempting bargain to Giustiniani to counter the waning morale of the troops and heightening violence. Later, Mehmed contemplates peace with his nemesis at the counsel of his grand vizier.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2020

The Ottoman forces use cannons to raze the city's defenses as the Venetian forces fail to come to the city's aid in time. Mehmed succeeds in bringing the Ottoman Empire into a new age.

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It's mostly schmistory. But at least it's not dull.

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  • Feb 25, 2021
    (Español / English) Efectivo y didáctico docudrama sobre el asedio a Constantinopla y su caída en poder de los turcos otomanos en 1453 Abstract Español Efectivo y didáctico docudrama turco sobre el asedio a Constantinopla (una ciudad amurallada e inexpugnable durante siglos, capital del Imperio Bizantino) y su caída en 1453 a manos de los turcos otomanos comandados por el joven sultán Mehmed II, así como también una biopic de este último. Reseña Español Este docudrama turco nos relata el asedio y caída de la ciudad de Constantinopla, capital de lo que quedaba del Imperio Romano de Oriente o Bizantino en poder de los turcos otomanos en 1453, a la vez que constituye una biopic del joven sultán Mehmed II, que comandaba el Imperio Otomano y las tropas vencedoras. Este hecho histórico marcó el fin de la Edad Media y el comienzo de la Edad Moderna, por la consecuente expansión marítima de las potencias europeas para crear otra ruta de las especias, cuya principal consecuencia inmediata fue el "descubrimiento" de América. Como en todo docudrama se alternan no muchas intervenciones de catedráticos de historia (algunas ciertamente redundantes) con flashbacks con dramatizaciones de la vida del sultán Mehmed II, (un joven ilustrado, tenaz, arrogante y audaz y que accedió precozmente al poder), escenificaciones de las batallas (con personas y digitales) y muy buenos diagramas y mapas animados sobre las batallas y las estrategias y tácticas bélicas, terrestres y navales. Debemos tener en cuenta que Constantinopla contaba con un formidable sistema de murallas que sumado a su ubicación geográfica la tornó inexpugnable durante siglos. La mirada es objetiva, sin buenos ni malos. Las intrigas y los estamentos del poder, el papel de los mercenarios genoveses, las diferencias religiosas, las tácticas y la ingeniería de la guerra, con el empleo de enormes cañones y el sistema político del sultanato otomano están bien descriptos (aunque con algunas contradicciones este último). La recreación de época está lograda y el desarrollo no lineal de la historia contribuye a la dosificación de la información y a mantener el interés. Acaso podría haber sido más breve, pero la serie, sin ser apasionante, mantiene el interés a pesar de referirse a un episodio cuyo final conocemos casi todos. Effective and didactic docudrama on the siege of Constantinople and its fall to the Ottoman Turks in 1453 English Abstract Effective and didactic Turkish docudrama on the siege of Constantinople (a walled and impregnable city for centuries, capital of the Byzantine Empire) and its fall in 1453 at the hands of the Ottoman Turks commanded by the young Sultan Mehmed II, as well as a biopic of this latest. English Review This Turkish docudrama tells us about the siege and fall of the city of Constantinople, capital of what remained of the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire in the power of the Ottoman Turks in 1453, as well as a biopic of the young Sultan Mehmed II, who he commanded the Ottoman Empire and the victorious troops. This historical fact marked the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Modern Age, due to the consequent maritime expansion of the European powers to create another route for spices, the main immediate consequence of which was the "discovery" of America. As in all docudrama, not many interventions by history professors (some certainly redundant) alternate with flashbacks with dramatizations of the life of Sultan Mehmed II, (an enlightened, tenacious, arrogant and audacious young man who came to power early), performances of the battles (with people and digital) and very good diagrams and animated maps about the battles and the war strategies and tactics, land and naval. We must bear in mind that Constantinople had a formidable system of walls that, added to its geographical location, made it impregnable for centuries. The look is objective, without good or bad. The intrigues and strata of power, the role of the Genoese mercenaries, the religious differences, the tactics and engineering of warfare, with the use of huge guns, and the political system of the Ottoman Sultanate are well described (although with some contradictions this latest). The period re-enactment is successful and the non-linear development of the story contributes to the dosing of information and to maintaining interest. Perhaps it could have been shorter, but the series, without being exciting, maintains interest despite referring to an episode whose end almost everyone knows.
  • Jan 22, 2021
    really good. now do one on the khans please. brilliant.
  • Jan 06, 2021
    In the tradition of Roman Empire, this documentary series works really well. It is educational and well done with good actors. Too bad she ignores the shortcomings of the historical figures.
  • Dec 23, 2020
    This series gets extremely high marks for historical accuracy. The fall of Constantinople or its conquest if you look at it from a Muslim or Turkish perspective, is one of the most important events in human history. It marks the final end of the Roman empire going back almost 1500 years if you start counting with Augustus or 1100 years if you start with Constantine I founder and namesake of Constantinople. And it is the most important event in the rise of the Ottoman empire. The story is interpreted throughout the series by several historians with expertise in the subject. The inner and outer wall surrounding the city are accurately portrayed (remnants still exist and parts have been restored in recent decades) and even the cannons are accurate reproductions. Most of the characters speak English with an accent that is often a little hard to understand. Perhaps this is because so many of the actors are Turks. Of course, historically, none of the characters spoke English. The rulers of Constantinople considered themselves Romans but spoke Greek. One of the few times subtitles are used is when an Italian soldier comanding troops defending the fortress is speaking to a representative of Galeta, the colony of Genoa on the opposite shore of the Golden Horn naval anchorage. The series portrays the tensions existing between those loyal to the Pope in Rome and adherents of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. These divisions greatly complicated an organized defense against the unified Muslim Ottoman empire. All of these ancient tensions are still with us today.
  • Dec 02, 2020
    Beautifully put together documentary series. The actors where absolutely wonderful and made the audience truly feel they were from that era of history. The information shared by the many different historians was very nice! I love hearing them speaking and bringing to life stories of the historical figures that a person usually would find difficult to enjoy in a textbook. I also love that the history consultants were referenced in the credits too! I personally recommend using this documentary as a secondary source and for academic purposes.
  • Nov 10, 2020
    what a series, these series tells of the conquest of Constantinople by al Fatih. I'm waiting for season 1
  • Nov 07, 2020
    The most historically inaccurate docuseries I've ever seen. It's really sad that Netflix enables the falsification of history. Now I'm gonna have to fact check every documentary aired on Netflix.
  • Jul 24, 2020
    This Turkish historical serial is in a great extent a complete falsification of the identity and contribution to the battles of the Greek defenders and inhabitants of the city. First of all, according to all historians, there were 5- 6000 Greeks and about 3000 Italians who fought against an ottoman army of at least 120.000 men with canons. Still, the serial shows only the men of Giustiniani from Genoa fighting, while all the written sources, Greeks (Doucas, Chalcocondyles, Kriitobulus and the "Major Chronicle of Sfrantzis"), Italians (the Venetian Barbaro and Leonard of Chios, both eye – witnesses), the eye - witness Russian Nestor Iskender, the Serbian eye witness Michael Constantinovits, even the Turk Tursun Bey testify how bravely the Greeks fought from the beginning of the siege and not just at the very final stage of the final battle, as the Turkish serial shows at the sixth episode. Where are in the serial Theodorus from Carystos, Theophilus Palaiologus, the general Rangavis, the Cretan archers and other Greek fighters? It is also a total lie to show the Greek Emperor Constantine Palaiologus and the Greeks just standing behind the safety of the walls watching in terror Giustiniani fighting the Turks! Moreover, it is absolutely ridiculous showing again the Emperor participating in a liturgy inside a church with hymns in Latin(!) and the Emperor himself making his cross in a catholic way and not as a Greek orthodox! It is also historically unacceptable the reference of Constantine in Octavian Augustus (!) in his last speech to the defenders and his phrase "Morior Invictus" just before he rushes against the enemy, as if he was a Latin roman emperor of the 1st century A.D.! Additionally, according to the sources, among the ships which broke the blockade of the Ottomans (3d episode in the series) was also a Greek one, not only from Genoa, as it is shown in the serial. Sultan Mehmet never fought bravely in the front line, as it is shown in the sixth episode, nor did Baltoglu. And, of course, in the same episode, there is no a single scene from the fall and the looting of the city, the Turkish producers suppresses the slaughter, the mass raping of women and children, the looting of churches and buildings, including Ayia Sofia, the enslavement of up to 50.000 inhabitants of the city, according to the written sources. Not to mention that the Turkish producers suppresses also the fact that Constantinople already was fallen once back in 1204 by the crusaders of the 4th crusade. It is sad that Greek and Anglosaxon historians cooperated with the producers of this serial, it is sad that Netflix chose to show this serial worldwide, a pure propaganda and falsification of many historical facts about the Fall of Constantinople in 1453.
  • Jul 04, 2020
    It was great fun and very entertaining to watch a story that I did not know and found to be utterly compelling. The casts are mainly Turkish and Italian, as would be expected and the costuming and set design are detailed and notable. For example the Sultan's pavillion is the ultimate place site for glamping, working and plotting how to take down one of the most influential city's in history. Cem Yigit Uzümoglu, who play Mehmet II, should seriously become cinema's next big thing, and he should not have to follow the tradition of starting out playing "the foreign bad guy". Mehmet II was the rock star of his age who took down Constantinopel, the capital of the Byzantine Empire at the age of 21. Start with a part like that, and the cinematic world should be at your feet.
  • May 31, 2020
    I love it!!!! I could watch it many more times! One of the vest movies on 2020!!!!!

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