Rise of Empires: Ottoman Season 2 review – a stylistic documentary with great visuals

December 30, 2022
Amanda Guarragi 6
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It is an interesting and dark retelling of the Ottoman Empire that other documentaries wouldn’t have been able to depict accurately. This style is the best format to date.

We review the Netflix series Rise of Empires: Ottoman Season 2, which was released on Netflix on December 29th, 2022.

Rise of Empires: Ottoman Season 2 dives further into the story of this grand historical battle between empires. The first season accurately depicted the families who reigned and the court surrounding them.

This unique documentary structure forces a re-enactment of what had happened while a narrator explains the backstory to fill in the gaps. It is a more effective way to explore these historical stories, and Netflix has been doing something different.

If you are a history buff, then this type of storytelling will definitely keep you engaged because of the structure and interviews with fellow historians. It covers all angles and makes you want to watch more projects that have this style of documentary filmmaking. There is so much to cover about the Ottoman Empire, and the director Emre Sahin had a vision for how he wanted all of this to play out.

Rise of Empires: Ottoman Season 2 review and plot summary

As far as historical accuracy goes in documentaries, Netflix has really captured these epic stories quite well. The Ottoman Empire is one of the largest and most long-lasting empires in world history. So it makes sense as to why there have been two seasons. To pick up where they left off, Mehmed the second had won numerous battles and had been King in Constantinople. Naturally, as he grew his army and fought everyone around him, he also gained enemies. The second season revolves around the famous battle between Mehmed the second and Vlad Dracula. It’s not like Vlad Dracula was an outsider, he was someone who lived with Mehmed in the Ottoman Empire so he was knowledgeable enough to go up against him.

Is Rise of Empires: Ottoman Season 2 good?

As someone who isn’t a history buff, this season was incredibly engaging. To have two people from the same empire battling, all while gaining enemies at the same time, make it entertaining. It has this cinematic feel equivalent to Game of Thrones while educating viewers on what actually happened.

The historians being interviewed go into detail to fill the time between scenes and events that occurred. Each episode is filled with information that can be hard to grasp at times, but on the grand scale of the season, it does cover every single base so viewers can become invested in this story.

Much like Blood, Sex & Royalty centered on Anne Boleyn and her ventures, the dramatization of these events with facts sprinkled in between allows all angles to be covered. We must remember that documentaries aren’t meant to be biased, so to have many different ways to retell these events only helps the historical accuracy.

What did you think of Netflix’s Rise of Empires: Ottoman Season 2? Comment below.

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6 thoughts on “Rise of Empires: Ottoman Season 2 review – a stylistic documentary with great visuals

  • December 31, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    I couldn’t stop watching it once I started, literally stayed up till 4a to finish it in one go…I really hope there’s a season 3!

  • January 4, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    Nice film with good fighting scenes but certainly not a historical documentary…

  • January 5, 2023 at 4:10 am

    Very engaging, powerful story, outstanding actors, fantastic costumes, great director. I was glued infront of the screen for two straight nights.

  • January 6, 2023 at 4:41 am

    Just as well I had covid 19 and I was in isolation, I had all the time to watch which was breath taking.
    Every scene was unique and informational, the narrator (Charles Dance) has an amazing voice which was
    well suited for this. The cast, the director and all involved were truly commendable.
    I hope there will be an upcoming season 3. Until then, I will be watching again:)

  • April 6, 2023 at 10:31 am

    Absolutely imperialistic fake Turkish propaganda. First, it tries to gaslit ppl it’s a documentary but it just fabricated and perverted history to fit obviously some Turkish imperialistic propaganda, much of it is not historically accurate at all, like Vlad being decapitated after his brother taking his kingdom. The line of the story GROSSLY doesnt follow the historical line. Also, it literally glorifies an invading mentally deranged empire while demonising ppl defending themselves, absolutely RACIST AND IMPERIALISTIC. Funny how woke leftards from Netflix ptomote imperialism and racism provided it fits their woke mentally derranged politics. But to clarify, it is NOT a documentary. It’s what Turkish must of hallucinate and wanted to be, but it wasn’t. And Netflix shows us again they are racist imperialistic and support genocide provided it’s against what the woke racist preserve as white ppl and of course, Christians. Netflix need to go bankrupted.

  • May 23, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    To the person saying it’s historically inaccurate, you should probably have picked other things than the historically accurate things to criticize. Vlad was indeed beheaded and his brother did eventually take the throne in Wallachia as well, so i’m not sure you know your history at all. Secondly, the turks are 100% not depicted favourably and one of my greatest complaints about this season is actually that despite how hard you try, it’s very hard to like an antagonist who historically was proud and prolific at torturing people to death and inflicting this type of damage on his own people, such that they were all very afraid of him and he was sure there was less crime in his country BECAUSE he was so brutal. In fact, the truly weird moments come from Romanian historians talking him up to be this great defender of Wallachia when he was so keen to brutally murder his own countrymen too.
    Finally, you speak of some sort of agenda against white people, but you can see all these people even on the turkish side are white, including Mehmed… So WTF are you talking about?? Are they blue?

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