Honestly, don’t miss The Serpent Queen. The perfection of the series is unparalleled. Great interpretations with the perfect touch of modernity without sacrificing historical facts.
Catherine of Medici is recounting to Nahima her accession to the throne despite being of commoner origin, foreign, and having the universe conspiring against her. At the first opportunity she was placed as Regent, Henry finally hears her as she goes to war against Spain. The obvious connection with her husband bothers Diane de Poitiers, who does everything to separate them, but grows in insecurity – especially about her appearance.
Diane’s dominance dynamic over Henry still prevails, with Catherine growing increasingly tired of the scheme of a threesome f sorts. At the same time, she is tested by both Catholic and Protestant factions, as both are prejudiced against her as a foreigner. Cunning, she proves to be a good Queen, but the difficulties are far from over.
In the present, Catherine is dealing with the betrayal of Mary, her daughter-in-law and Queen of Scots. Nahima, who thinks she’s tricking the serpent queen, has fallen into a trap whose purpose we still don’t know.
More amazing sets, breathtaking costumes, and a performance show by the cast. And the soundtrack sticks with female punk artists. This week was the British band The Slits.
Formed in London in 1976, with young English girls impressed and influenced by Patti Smith, they released their first album in 1979, after touring with The Clash and the Buzzcocks. With the entry of drummer Peter Clarke (Budgie) (who would later go to Siouxsie and the Banshees) the sound of The Slits took shape. Gradually, The Slits left punk and entered the experimental field, and broke up once and for all in 2011.
The cover of I heard Through the Grapevine is on their debut album, The Cut. Written in 1966 by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for the Motown label, it was first recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips before becoming one of the greatest classics in the voice of Marvin Gaye.
The song speaks of betrayal and disbelief when he learns of his love’s infidelity, through gossip. Once again a perfect parallel with the plot of the series.