Troy: Fall of a City details the 10 year siege of the city of Troy. Paris, a young man living life to the fullest, one day makes a deal with the goddess of love, Aphrodite. This deal entailed that Paris would meet and fall in love with the most beautiful woman in the world. Paris would soon discover that he was destined for much more than the life of a herder when he finds a group of soldiers and asks them to let him compete in the yearly games. In the city, Paris begins to compete when the King and Queen discover that Paris is actually their long lost son Alexander, apparently taken by wolves when he was a child. Crowd cheering, Paris – now Alexander – is afforded the title of Prince of Troy and starts to build a relationship with his new parents.
Deciding that Alexander could serve as a political emissary – and hopefully forge an alliance with the Greeks – the king and queen send him to Sparta. In Sparta, Alexander was to meet the young princess there and marry her. Instead Alexander encounters her mother, the beautiful Helen. Immediately Alexander knew that Helen was the woman Aphrodite had promised him. Alexander and Helen fall deeply in love and she sneaks away to go back to Troy with him. Ensues one of the greatest stories of conflict in history.
Right away I knew this show was going to be different than the nostalgia inducing 2004 cinematic experience of Troy the movie. A major difference, and one for the better in my opinion, is the emphasis that was put on the mythology in this series. Although not exactly ‘central’ characters, Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite and Athena all remained a presence throughout the show. One of my absolute favorite scenes in the entirety of the show was the first battle. Zeus sits afar from the battle, remaining impartial but the goddesses begin to walk among the men – handing out blessings to the men they believed were worthy of it. It was such a beautiful portrayal of a cosmic game of chess. I loved the diversity of casting with the gods as well. It was intriguing to see this recognizable characters played by non-traditional casting choices.
Speaking of non-traditional casting, Achilles – played by David Gyasi – was a joy to behold. He was everything we could have hoped for in an Achilles. He was cocky and strong, but gentle with his lovers. Achilles was honorable, but only in the things he found worthy of his time. After Patroklus, his love, was murdered and Achilles took his revenge on Hector ensues another favorite scene of mine. Achilles disrespected Hector as well as his family by taking Hector’s body after Achilles murdered him. The family is begging Achilles to return the body but instead he says “paint pictures of my rage”. That line was so wonderfully delivered. To care about only one thing in life and have that taken away from you would make anyone extremely upset, but add demigod powers and you’ve got yourself in quite the pickle.
There are some scenes that I found to be a bit difficult to get through, although they are expected – and are present – in pieces to do with this period. One being animal sacrifice, another being the rape of prisoners, and the gore of battle. If these aspects aren’t necessarily a deterrent for you then I would highly recommend this show. The pacing of the show does not always feel right but overall this was a wildly entertaining ride.