Here it is my first review for Shonda Rhimes show “Still Star-Crossed”. I’m really excited you guys and I have a lot to discuss, but I have decided to do a separate post specifically for spoilers so that should be up not long after this review.
The title for this episode is called, “In Fair Verona, Where We Lay Our Scene”. This show has a cast of characters that is just incredible. To take a look here is the link to this show’s IMDB profile:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5165412/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Now we all know the story of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. That’s why I’m happy that they had a good balance of the original tale as a kind of refresher and so the audience has something to connect to so that the way the characters and story have been adapted to a Shondaland setting didn’t seem so jarring. They don’t recreate the entirety of the place, but they did make sure to include very key scenes such as the wedding ceremony between Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet where we are not only introduced to them, but Benvolio Montague, Romeo’s cousin and Rosaline Capulet, Juliet’s cousin and servant to the house of Capulet in this adaptation. Each state neither approve of the match, but still agree to be witnesses to their union. However, it seems that other parties involved also have an interest in Romeo and Juliet’s marriage according to a scene with Friar Lawrence just after the ceremony takes place. We also get a lot more development and backstories for characters such as The Prince and his family. We also get a look into Rosaline and her sister, Livia’s situation in the Capulet household. As well as Benvolio’s relationship with Lord Montague.
I like how we got this look into the dynamic between each of the houses of Montague and Capulet and their families. It shows how there is or can be more depth to these characters and what plot points they can explore in this series, but still staying true to the original play. Speaking of which they included the confrontation scene between Romeo and Tybalt after Tybalt kills Mercutio. We then meet Count Paris whom is arranging his engagement with Juliet which kind of throws even more fuel on the fire because Rosaline finds out that Romeo and Juliet had their wedding night the night before. We of course all know what is coming, Juliet “dies” and Romeo in an act of desperation and grief kills Paris after finding him in her tomb and kills himself. They didn’t go line for line with the scene in the tomb which was probably a good idea, but it did throw me off for a second. They probably didn’t it to be taking anymore from Shakespeare’s play than they had too. I just know how that scene it supposed to go, but I just went with it.
All these events and more take us maybe halfway through the episode and at this time both houses are in a state of grief and are each dealing with it in different ways. Now out of this we have always thought the two houses would come together and their would be peace, well this is where the show just says, “Nope.” This is what really attracted me to this show in the first place. In Shakespeare’s time, everyone would have been satisfied with the original ending, but with different shows and movie adaptations today are now giving us answers to what happened after or alternative events of classic stories we all know and love.
Overall this was a well-done pilot episode for this new show done by Shonda Rhimes. I give this episode a 7/10.
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