Happy Friday Novas & Players! I have recently finished season 1 of the ABC Series Still Star Crossed that focuses on the events that occur between the Montagues & Capulets after Romeo and Juliet die.
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name.
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”
Familiar words spoken by Juliet Capulet to her forbidden lover Romeo Montague. But have you ever wondered what happened to the feuding families after the deaths of Love’s Martyrs? That’s what we seek to find when we watch the ABC Drama, Still Star Crossed. SSC is a period dramatic series based on a book by Melinda Taub that follows the events after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
Story: You follow a few main characters, the most intriguing of which are Rosaline Capulet, Benvolio Montague and Prince Escalus. The story takes place in Verona after Star Crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet are married secretly in front of their cousins, Rosaline and Benvolio. When the lovers seek to tell their feuding families of their love, a misunderstanding causes Romeo to take his life. Upon Juliet waking up to find Romeo poisoned, she takes her life as well, sounds familiar right? Now the pieces have to be picked up by the only 2 subjects in Verona that know the truth, Benvolio and Rosaline! What will the feuding families do now? Who will take the blame for the lovers’ deaths? Why are we still star crossed?
The Setting & Visuals – The setting modern-esque and did not immediately put me in the time period of the story. I get what the directors were going for, but some of the clothing and colors used seemed a bit “Modern” to me. It was as if they blended 2 eras to make the show. I can see this being a pet peeve for viewers who love for Historical Dramas to be accurate and precise. I compare this show to Reign, how some of the dresses and decadences of the French Court seemed to be exaggerated to appeal to a modern audience.
Characters & Portrayals – I loved how the characters spoke with a type of poetic language. The renaissance era of thinking was greatly portrayed with the buildings, the poetry and the language of the people. The nuances of the Lords & Ladies seemed to fit the actions of the time. The cast however, was very diverse and took me by surprise. I was happy to see the integration of different cultures even for the nobility.
There was no stand out moments in which I thought the acting was bad. I really liked the performances of Benvolio (Wade Briggs) and Lord Montague (Grant Bowler) because the emotion between the Nephew and Uncle felt real. The same can be said for Rosaline (Lashana Lynch) and Lady Capulet ( Zuleikha Robinson) as their performance together made me uncomfortable and upset. This is because Lady Capulet , Rosaline’s niece played a fierce role of entitlement and anger.
Final Thoughts – I really enjoyed the series and I am hoping for a season 2 (because it ends in a cliffhanger). The episodes are about 42 minutes long and you can watch on Hulu or ABC.com. The pacing was really well and there was surprisingly more drama and suspense then action. One of my personal favorites Torrance Coombs (who played Sebastian in Reign) , does a fine job as Count Paris, but admittedly the character looked similar to the one he has played before. A little more variation in is acting would have completely sold it for me. I definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves period dramas and the thrills of a royal court. I have a mild obsession with historical dramas and royal courts so SSC was recommended successfully to me by Hulu. I love the path that was taken as I felt the story, progression and themes differed from the likes of Reign, The Tudors and Versailles!
- An exciting and believable story of the Montagues & Capulets
- Awesome acting and an easy to follow story structure
- Looking for a more accurate representation of the time period
- If you are looking for a solid ending, the series does end on a cliffhanger
Although the series was ranked pretty low by other media, I would give it a solid 7.5 out of 10 stars. I really like the direction and the story. It would have ranked a bit higher if I wasn’t thrown off by some of the modern colors and clothing.
Thank you for reading our review of the series Still Star Crossed! Have you seen the show? What shows are you currently binge watching? Let’s talk TV!