They were not sanitised for this show, Nicholas's arrogance and complete incompetence and Alexandra's Elena Ceaușescu type personality were at the very fore and anyone watching this couldn't help but come to the conclusion that they were the masters of their own fate, not victims of it, which is the narrative many royal watchers prefer.
I always find watching anything about the Romanovs quite frustrating largely because the typical approach seems to be to forget about their bloody and anti-Semitic rule and lets just focus on how pretty the daughters were in their white dresses. In one scene the Tsar is accused directly of encouraging pogroms and in several others he is repeatedly encouraged to allow more democracy, which he resists. I think this is important because there is a tendency amongst royal watchers to excuse the Romanovs for these kind of behaviours in a way that one would not for the dictators that followed them.
The chap who played the Tsar is very handsome.
I reconsigned Simon Sebag Montefiore, who is a well regarded author and Russian expert. It did irritate me though how he kept referring to the Imperial Family by their nicknames, which were personal, maybe he did that on purpose to make them more real as personalities but I just found it.
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