The Royal Tutor Episode 7

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Review:

Bruno is probably the character I have connected with the most in this show so I was pleased to see him get an episode in the spotlight as he’s really been background since his introduction. He’s an overachiever with a ridiculous inferiority complex who manages to see the strengths of everyone around him but himself. Normally that would annoy me in a character but Bruno is an undeniably hard worker and watching him try so hard to improve even if his efforts are at times misguided is pretty fun.

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Still, it isn’t all sunshine and roses this week as there is a plot to manipulate Bruno into relinquishing his claim for the throne, much like last week’s attempt at convincing the youngest brother to move along. We learn a bit more about the plotter and the episode resolves this particular story when Bruno makes a clear decision.

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While this show is not the most amazing thing ever, it certainly remains light hearted entertainment with a cast of characters that are all a bit more likeable than their first appearance suggested to me. Looking forward to the next episode.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 6

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Review:

This episode did two things really well and kind of improved my overall view of the show. Firstly, we turned our attention to one of the other Princes, specifically Licht, for the first time since the introductions during the first two episodes. While Licht has certainly made his presence felt, this was really the first time we spent any kind of time with him and saw more than just the persona he wanted us to see.

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The second thing I really liked about this episode was it continued to give the King a presence in the show and continued to hint at the relationship between the King and Heine though it didn’t just drown us in exposition nor has it revealed its hand just yet.

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I could add a third point but I’m not sure if this is going to ultimately be a positive or not, but we did finally get a hint of an actual antagonist in this story who might make things interesting if we go for some political intrigue. Of course, that would entirely depend on what the motives of this character are and how they go about their plans as to whether this is a good thing or not.

I must admit, after 6 episodes, this show has actually grown on me which is unusual for a show full of comedy as normally I get progressively more bored by the characters’ antics. Possibly it is because the comedy focus of this is definitely giving way to a character focus and it is kind of doing a pretty good job of that.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 5

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Review:

This episode we meet the King and learn that his official tone is very different from his private one as he shifts between his roles of father and King. It’s an interesting dynamic though I’m thinking it is also a joke that would wear thin quickly if it was the centre piece of the show so I’m glad that it is more of a side note.

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Once again, we get an episode focussing on Leonhard’s lack of academic ability and mostly what I took from the training montage (study montage?) was that I want to eat cake. Though at least my attention span is a little better than Leonhard’s given he get’s distracted by his own affection for his brother and can’t pay attention to basic maths.

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Anyway, this show remains kind of surprisingly charming. It isn’t exactly making me laugh out loud, but it is bringing a few smiles and has kind of enough sweet moments to make it feel kind of warm and fuzzy so I guess we’ll see if they ever reveal Heine’s secret and what happens then.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 4

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Review:

While the first three episodes of this were fine in their own way, and probably quite enjoyable if the style of comedy is more your thing, I honestly felt I could stop watching this show at any time and be perfectly fine with that. At the end of episode 4, I had a smile on my face and kind of wished the next episode was available which left me wondering why it had more of an impact.

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I think it mostly came down to the fact that this episode didn’t feel like yet more character introductions and the interactions between the Princes, the Tutor, and the people in town all felt a little bit more natural than some of the stilted interactions we’d seen as they clamoured to give us the necessary information about each player in this story. Whichever way, I quite enjoyed following the Princes on their trip into town and the end of this episode is just sweet.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 3

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Review:

While this episode certainly works well enough and has a few moments of genuine pleasure, we’d already see Heine face off with Leonhard and convince him to take the test. Having the Prince run off after getting the result before having a touchy pep talk including the line “Has you heart ever felt lighter after running away” (or similar) doesn’t really add much to the storyline or character development.

Admittedly, in terms of visual humour, Heine on a horse works well enough.

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I’m not really sold on this series at all but it isn’t really doing anything to make me want to drop it either. It’s kind of just there and doing enough to not be dull but not really appealing either.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 2

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Review:

We meet the three remaining princes in their one-on-one interviews during this episode and we also get a brief encounter with the princess. Each prince has their own quirk and Heine as the tutor continues to deliver some fairly solid commentary in the face of the various personality defects he encounters even as he definitely inflicts some trauma onto the supposedly brilliant prince (yeah, the names are definitely not sticking yet).

While there is nothing particularly wrong with this episode or the show as a whole, I’m not loving this. It just doesn’t click for me and a lot of the comedy is more tolerable than actually funny (at least for me). I’m going to give this to episode 3 because I don’t dislike it, but to be honest I’d be surprised if this stays on my final watch list.

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The Royal Tutor Episode 1

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Overview:

Heine Wittgenstein, a diminutive tutor, has been appointed as the tutor to four Princes (the 2nd through 5th Prince), only they don’t really want a new tutor and it kind of seems like they drove off their previous tutors.

Review:

While I knew this was coming, I kind of suspected it wasn’t really for me. Having watched the first episode, I was pleasantly surprised. Early jokes in the episode made me roll my eyes but the Princes’ antics were just over the top enough to make me smile even as each character revealed their particular trope.

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What might have saved this from an episode 1 drop from me is the tutor himself. His stoic nature in the face of the Princes’ works quite well and there’s already a clear indication he has a motive to stick this out regardless of the continuous rejection. If that becomes the focus, this could possibly be highly entertaining. We’ll see what episode 2 brings before I decide whether I’m going to stick with this or move on.

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