This week I've binged my way through season one of the History Channel's Knightfall - its drama based on the betrayal of the Knights Templar in the 14th Century - ahead of next Tuesday's UK premier of season two (with added Mark Hamill!)
Although advertised to suggest it has the gritty verisimilitude of Vikings, Knightfall - while replete with its fair share of shocking, bloody moments - has more in common with dramatic TV takes on the myth of Robin Hood, thanks to its casual disregard to established facts.
Of course, even though it's on the History Channel, Knightfall is first and foremost a drama, not a documentary.
And it isn't afraid to pull sudden plot twists out of thin air, some bordering on preposterous.
The main villain of the piece is William de Nogaret (Julian Ovenden), conniving counsellor to King Philip IV (Ed Stoppard) of France, a would-be Machiavelli so arch he's one moustache twirl away from being a pantomime villain.
de Nogaret's certainly no Littlefinger or Varys!
Caught up in his schemes is our square-jawed - but flawed - hero, Landry de Lauzon (Tom Cullen), a senior brother of the Knights Templar destined for greatness, who happens to be breaking his vow of chastity with none other than Philip's wife, Queen Joan (Olivia Ross).
A key pawn in de Nogaret's machinations is Princess Isabella (Sabrina Bartlett), daughter of Philip and Joan, and frankly a right little shit.
This first season's main throughline is the Knights Templar's attempts to retrieve The Holy Grail, which they lost 15 years earlier, at the Fall of Acre in the Holy Lands.
That's where embittered knight Gawain (Pádraic Delaney) took a crossbow bolt to the knee to protect Landry.
This pent-up anger towards his supposed friend makes Gawain an easy mark for de Nogaret, who has his own plans for manipulating the knights to secure his vision of the future of France.
A pretty nondescript pottery chalice, The Grail, itself, is an interesting MacGuffin, with legends and stories about its miraculous healing powers that inspire both incredible awe and fear in believers - making it a powerful tool, whether it has any supernatural gifts or not.
Such is the nature of faith and religion, we are never presented with any concrete proof of The Grail's efficacy, and it is up to the characters involved with it to make up their own minds.
As you would hope, Knightfall, a show about the Knights Templar, has some great fight scenes, both small and large scale (with the final episode's climactic clash being particularly outstanding).
However, compared to, say, Vikings and Game Of Thrones, it does feel a bit dated in its storytelling and episode structure.
Here's hoping the addition of Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, to the cast in the new season will take the potential of the first season and ramp things up.