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TV SERIES REVIEW
The Serpent Queen

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Genre: Drama, Period
Year Released: 2022
Runtime: 8 parts, 6h 54m
Creator(s): Justin Haythe
Cast: Samantha Morton, Amrita Acharia, Enzo Cilenti, Sennia Nanua, Kiruna Stamell, Ruby Bentall
Where To Watch: arrives on Digital March 6 from Lionsgate


RAVING REVIEW: Are you ready to journey through time with THE SERPENT QUEEN? This captivating series tells the story of Catherine de Medici, one of the most powerful monarchs in French history, with historical accuracy and a modern twist. The show's unique approach to storytelling through flashbacks provides a deeper understanding of Catherine's character, while the stunning sets and intricate costumes transport you back in time.


The pacing of THE SERPENT QUEEN is well done, with each episode leaving you wanting more. The expert use of music in the show as a score sets the tone perfectly for each scene, making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish. The series also successfully breaks the fourth wall, with Catherine as the narrator of her story, providing a refreshing approach that adds depth to the series.

The production team behind THE SERPENT QUEEN spared no expense in bringing this period to life. The show's top-notch production design creates a luxurious atmosphere that is true to the period. The performances in THE SERPENT QUEEN are outstanding, with the younger and older versions of Catherine de Medici expertly portrayed. The interplay between Catherine and Diana of Poitiers is particularly compelling, with Ludivine Sagnier delivering a standout performance. Samantha Morton also delivers a powerhouse performance as the older version of Catherine, embodying power and control in every scene.

While it is admirable to strive for historical accuracy, THE SERPENT QUEEN balances it with modern storytelling sensibilities, providing an engaging and thrilling viewing experience. The show draws on the biography "Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France" to provide a complete picture of Catherine's life. The extended flashbacks offer insight into the events that shaped Catherine into the powerful monarch she became.

THE SERPENT QUEEN is a must-watch for anyone interested in historical dramas. The show is an authentic cinematic experience that delivers on every level. The storytelling is compelling, the performances are outstanding, and the production design is breathtaking. I was impressed by how approachable the series was. While it was a period series, I think most won’t have any issue jumping into the period and still enjoying it.

Starz renewed the series for a second season on October 27, 2022.

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