Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Young Pope” is visually breathtaking and immediately provocative. The fictional Pope Pius XIII, played by Jude Law, is the first American elected to the papacy. The strikingly young and conservative pope is unnervingly mysterious, and deeply psychologically troubled, but he’s handsome and sharp and you want to like him, or at least have sympathy for him. Sorrentino, brilliantly, makes both very difficult. The series is shocking from its onset. This is not the first pope to collect wild animals—Leo X notoriously had an elephant—but this pontiff is welcomed with the gift of a bonafide kangaroo. An animal that symbolizes both power and balance is seen staring, rather judgmentally, from the bushes of the papal gardens at a man who is powerful but unbalanced. It is all unapologetically bizarre.