BBC One’s Troy: Fall of a City is a story of love and war. It aims to be an epic, the likes of Game of Thrones (GoT). Of course, since GoT became the stick we measure newcomers by, the question is, will it hit the mark?
Netflix has decided to pick up the BBC One show for their streaming library. Will it tide us over while waiting for the newest season of GoT? If you haven’t seen the trailer for the newest Netflix show, you might be wondering the same thing.
This series sounds like it has all the intrigues of GoT with a flair of fantasy thrown in. Troy: Fall of a City will be based on the Trojan Wars and loosely based on Homer’s Iliad. It stars Bella Daynes (Helen) and Louis Hunter (Paris) to play the famous couple who bring the wrath of the gods down upon Troy. You will also see Jonas Armstrong (Menelaus), Alfred Enoch (Aeneas), and our local GoT representation Joseph Mawle (Odysseus). This lineup sounds amazing!
Troy to be GoT Heir?
There is a gigantic dragon in the room that needs addressing. Viewers are comparing Troy: Fall of a City to GoT. The fantasy, the way they both reveal loads of flesh, and having hints of blood and gore. However, to some, Troy couldn’t possibly be the GoT heir. Watchers of Game of Thrones notice how everyone can’t be trusted and basically, everyone is lying. David Farr, the BBC One writer wanted his show to be set apart from GoT. Can the characters of Troy be trusted?
Troy: Fall of a City is the reimagining of Homer’s tale of the Iliad. We are being set up to watch a story of a vanishing wife (Helen of Troy), the might of the Trojan military, plus the gods of old ability to be cruel, yet show love in the face of adversity. Will the next eight weeks — or binge fest — be entertaining?
Our way into the show is through the story of Paris. He’s not just the pretty-boy of Troy, but a little rougher around the edges. We find out that he’s the long lost son of King Priam (David Threlfall) and Queen Hecuba (Frances O’Connor). Paris takes a risk of seducing — and ultimately falling in love with — Helen. However, things are not going well with the news of the long lost brother to the royal family.
The first episode, Black Blood, is full of twists and turns that show not everyone is as accepting of Paris. It portrays that you should be wary of what you wish for. Viewers are given a treat, and a first look at the gods, through a beauty contest called the Golden Apple Beauty Stakes. “Grant me the apple and I’ll give you the most beautiful woman in the world.” Everyone should know that if you get a gift from a God there could possibly be poison within. Has no one heard the story of Snow White?
Mixed Reviews of Troy: Fall of a City
The buzz around BBC One’s hit show seems to have received mixed reviews. Some are basing it on having witnessed the 2014 movie, Troy. Others are giving it two thumbs up.
One Facebook user claims to have judged the first episode by only catching the last ten minutes. Wouldn’t you need to see the whole episode to give it a good judging? Maybe this one review is a little brash, will you let that decide the show’s fate?
Another is excited to find a show that falls in line with Game of Thrones.
There are viewers who point out flaws in Troy: Fall of a City, but this one seems to be accurately done. However, we will let you be a judge of character portrayal of the show.
A Gift From Aphrodite
Days after the beauty contest, Paris is sent off to Sparta. Events seem to go downhill from there. But Aphrodite (Lex King) did promise Paris the “most beautiful woman in the world.” Viewers are definitely going to be drawn in just from the first episode; wishes gone wrong, love, fighting and Gods who are actually portrayed as they should be — terrifying, cruel, and awe-inspiring. Plus each episode seems to depict an omen for the characters to figure out. Troy: Fall of a City is set for streaming on April 6. Prepare thyself, for the Gods hath given us a gift. Is it poisoned, like the apples of old? Or will we be thrilled beyond belief and find a new Netflix show that is akin to the heir of GoT?
Featured Image: Promotional Image for “Troy: Fall of a City” via IMDB