TV Show Reviews
Review of "Still
Star-Crossed" 6/14/17 by
Airs Mondays 10/9c on ABC
The show speculates about what happened in Verona after
Romeo and Juliet committed suicide. It starts right
before that tragedy and follows afterwards. The main
focus of the show is Juliet's good friend and adopted sister
Rosaline (Lashana Lynch) and Romeo's friend and cousin
Benvolio (Wade Briggs).
Violence breaks out between the Capulet and Montague
families, so Prince Escalus decrees that Benvolio and
Rosaline should marry, to keep the peace. The problem is
that Rosaline and Escalus are already in love. Also,
Benvolio and Rosaline despise each other.
The acting in the show is very good.
from "Reign" plays Count Paris, who was supposed to marry
from "Defiance" plays Romeo's father, Damiano. Juliet's
father is played by
(from many fantasy and scifi series). The dialogue is
a little strange at times, as if they can't quite figure out
if the show should have modern dialogue or sound more like
The show has blind casting, which means some actors are
white, and some are not, and it doesn't seem to matter who's
playing who in terms of ethnicity. For instance, Romeo and
Rosaline are black. Juliet's mother is played by an Iranian
woman. There are Latinos and other ethnic groups represented
as well. It was a bit surprising to me at first, but when
you consider that in Shakespeare's time, men played all of
the women's parts, then it's not that different of an idea.
There are many "modern" stagings of Shakespeares plays. This
is just one on TV.
It's created by Shonda Rimes, so it's exciting, much like
"Scandal" and her other shows. I think it's a fun summer
show with drama, action, romance, politics and more.
It's filmed beautifully in Spain. Check it out!
A one-hour period drama from Shondaland and ABC
Studios, "Still Star-Crossed" picks up where the
famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the
treachery, fight for power and ill-fated romances of
the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young
lovers' tragic fate. The series is based on the
eponymous book by Melinda Taub.
In the wake of Romeo and Juliet's tragic deaths,
the Montague and Capulet rivalry escalates. A new
royal takes the throne and struggles to determine
what is best for his city when Verona as an
epicenter of mayhem.
"Still Star-Crossed" stars Grant Bowler as Lord
Damiano Montague, Wade Briggs as Benvolio Montague,
Torrance Coombs as Count Paris, Dan Hildebrand as
Friar Lawrence, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline Capulet,
Ebonee Noel as Livia Capulet, Medalion Rahimi as
Princess Isabella, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady
Guiliana Capulet, Sterling Sulieman as Prince
Escalus, Susan Wooldridge as Nurse and Anthony Head
as Lord Silvestro Capulet.
The series was developed for television by
Heather Mitchell, who is writer and executive
producer. Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Wilding
and Michael Goldstein are executive producers.
Michael Offer is executive producer and director of
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