Finally binged this series and a few thoughts. Wiener is obviously focusing on white privilege and the accompanying sense of entitlement. I get that the characters' ties to the actual Romanovs is tenuous at best, still....
The problem is that most of the characters are not that interesting, period. Don Draper was a fascinating anti-hero, flaws and all. Here all this angst over clueless , self indulgent wannabe "Romanoffs", the dramatic payoff doesn't seem to matter all that much in these narratives.
From the racist older Parisian woman in the first story, to the loser with his midlife crisis who tries to off his wife, to the actress/director clashes, to the NY mother who is obsessed with controlling her life, to the couple trying to obtain a Russian baby, to the Mexico City episode with the hemophiliac child, etc. Why should we care for most of these people?
There are nuggets here and there that resonate, the absurdly surreal cosplaying of the Themed Cruise ship scenes, the genuine debate between what to expect from a "purchased" baby, and the transgender character trying to navigate his struggles within the context of a horrific childhood trauma.
Hopefully if there is a 2nd season the characters will be better written, give them more nuances/shading.