Shogun on Hulu is amazing!

Not being familiar with the James Clavell novels that it’s based on or the 1980 adaptation I did not really know what to expect going into it, but I enjoyed “Blue Eye Samurai” and everyone I knew was singing its praises, so I decided to check it out. “Shogun” on Hulu emerges as a triumphant revival of the epic historical drama, masterfully capturing the intricate tapestry of feudal Japan. I appreciate storytelling that dives deep into character development, intricate plot lines, and rich historical context, something that seems to have become a lost art in the past decade, but those are elements that “Shogun” delivers with exceptional finesse.

Character development in “Shogun” is a highlight, showcasing a range of dynamic arcs that are both believable and compelling. Each character is crafted with care, much like the beloved figures of early “Game of Thrones”.  A premium is placed on characters who evolve in ways that are true to their worldviews and circumstances, rather than bending unpredictably to the whims of the plot. By contrast, the last season of “Game of Thrones” broke all the character arcs in an unforgivable way.

Moreover, the political intrigue of “Shogun” rivals that of “Game of Thrones.” It artfully constructs a web of alliances, betrayals, and power struggles, all while maintaining clear and logical storylines. This is a welcome return to form in TV storytelling—where actions have consequences, and plots are both engaging and logical.

Visually, “Shogun” is nothing short of spectacular. The set design, costumes, and overall aesthetics do more than just depict a setting; they transport us there.

“Shogun” on Hulu is a masterclass in historical drama. It delivers all the complexity and richness that fans of good storytelling demand. It stands as a beacon of quality, reminiscent of “Game of Thrones” at its peak—complex, engaging, and thoroughly satisfying. It’s a must-watch for anyone craving a series that respects its audience’s intelligence and emotions.