A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Troy: Fall of a City is a series that retells the story of the Trojan War in the style of Game of Thrones. That means Homer's tale features nudity, sex, and graphic violence which, honestly, probably makes this version a more accurate depiction of the story. Older teens who enjoy the palace intrigue of GOT or the sword-and-sandal style of Starz' Spartacus series will find this show delivers familiar beats.
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What's the story?
In TROY: FALL OF A CITY, 20-year-old Paris (Louis Hunter) is a strapping young herdsman who's discovered to be the king of Troy's son, previously thought to be dead. Welcomed back to the palace as a prince, he's sent on his first diplomatic mission to neighboring Sparta, where he falls instantly in love with Helen (Bella Dayne), the wife of the Spartan king, Menelaus (Jonas Armstrong). When Paris secretly brings Helen back with him to Troy, it is seen as an act of war, and Menelaus enlists the aid of his warrior brother Agamemnon (Johnny Harris) and his armies to get Helen back.
Is it any good?
High production values and an epic canvas can't save this slow-moving, empty retelling of the Trojan war. Told in the grounded style of Game of Thrones, Troy: Fall of a City also shares that series' deliberate approach to plotting. What it lacks, though, is even one engaging character at its center that might make the sluggish pace of the show more bearable. Paris, our supposed hero, is portrayed as petulant and impulsive. So little time is devoted to Paris and Helen falling in love that the audience has no time to understand what makes their attraction worthy of war.
A majority of the other characters are stalwart soldiers with familiar names -- Agamemnon, Achilles, Odysseus -- who barely have a shade of difference in terms of characterization. It's too bad. This timeless story could have been the foundation for a solid show, but the creators make a number of poor decisions that keep Troy: Fall of a City from being anything more than mediocre.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how women are treated in the world of Troy: Fall of a City. What part do they play in resolving conflicts? Is it active or passive? Helen asks to be accepted by the king and queen of Troy because they rule together as equals. Do we see that equality depicted in the actions of the characters?
How does this telling of the story of Helen of Troy compare to others you may have encountered?