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Series / Troy: Fall of a City

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Troy: Fall of a City is a British-American miniseries based on the Trojan War and the love affair between Paris and Helen. The show tells the story of the 10 year siege of Troy, set in the 13th century BC. The series was commissioned by BBC One and is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix, with BBC One airing the show on 17 February 2018 in the United Kingdom, and Netflix streaming the show internationally outside the UK.

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  • Adapted Out: While this adaptation is more faithful than most, several characters are not present on both sides, such as Teucer, Neoptolemus, Memnon and others.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: "Black Achilles" has gotten criticism, yet though Achilles is described as blond and pale-skinned in The Iliad there are other stories of the Trojan War with a black character, Ethiopiannote  Memnon who's allied with Troy (he's also usually absent in adaptations) so there's precedent for this. Memnon is even described as nearly Achilles' equal in skill at arms, getting killed while fighting him.
  • Ancient Grome: Mixed references to Artemis (Greek) and Diana (Roman) as goddesses of the hunt and moon, as well as the omission of Selene (Greek goddess of the moon) suggest a muddled understanding of Greco-Roman mythology.
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  • Anti-Villain: Odysseus doesn't like the atrocities his fellow Greeks end up committing, but he's forced to comply out of loyalty.
  • Ascended Extra: Hermione, the daughter of Menelaus and Helen, appears and even has a secondary role. Aeneas also has a more prominent role and the series shows his survival.
  • A Threesome Is Hot: Achilles, Patroclus, and Briseis have a very hot and romantic three-way on the beach.
  • Battle-Halting Duel: Between Hector and Patroclus, and also discussed by Achilles.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Queen Hecuba prefers to cut her wrists than let herself be taken as a slave by the Greeks.
  • Black Vikings: Many of the Trojan and Greek characters are portrayed by black actors, which wasn't true in reality of these peoples. Of course, it's fictional to begin with. In fairness, Greeks and Trojans likely looked differently from the white actors portraying them too, who are mostly of British or Irish stock.. Also other stories of the Trojan War really did have black characters, Ethiopian Memnon, a king on Troy's side who comes to fight the Greeks along with his army.
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  • Cassandra Truth: Not only Cassandra, but priest Litos as well know bringing Paris back was a huge mistake.
  • Character Development: For the first few episodes, Paris is a selfish, immature, man-child who starts the war because he's horny and then runs away from any real responsibility. However, after his duel with Menelaus he goes on a spiritual journey that results in him becoming much more serious, focused, and dutiful.
  • Combat by Champion: Menelaus challenges Paris to one, and unsurprisingly he beats the tar out of the prince. He would've killed him there and then had Paris not fled at the last moment.
  • Death by Adaptation: Played With regarding Astyanax's. Some tales say Odysseus kills him which happens in the finale, others that it was actually Neoptolemus (Achilles's son), but some say he stays alive and follows his mother, before founding a new Troy as an adult with Ascanius (Aeneas's son). Hecuba kills herself here rather than be Made a Slave, as her fate was in the original story.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ajax and Nestor have far less important roles compared to the original story.
  • Death of a Child: Odysseus is forced by Agamemnon to kill Astyanax, Hector and Andromache's baby son, by throwing him off the walls of Troy.
  • Divine Race Lift: Zeus is portrayed by a black actor, while normally of course he's shown looking Greek.
  • Divine Intervention: The goddesses are shown giving their blessings to their respective champions, but as Zeus puts it, they can favor mortals, but they can't change their fates.
  • Downer Ending: The Trojans are massacred, the survivors enslaved. Achilles and Patroclus are dead. Odysseus, the only surviving Greek to have held on to any semblance of morality, is forced to murder a baby. And the series ends with the remaining Greeks simply sailing away while the Gods wander through the ruins.
  • Dramatic Irony: When the Greeks arrive at Troy, Agamemnon confidently declares they'll take the city in a couple of days, since, after all, the gods must repay his sacrifice of his own daughter. Viewers who know anything about the Trojan War know how wrong he is.
  • Enemy Mine: The Amazons don't like the Trojans very much, but they hate Greeks even more.
  • Fingore: During his fight with Achilles, Hector is defeated when the former strikes at his sword hand, cutting off his fingers in doing so.
  • Freudian Excuse: Andromache is initially hostile toward Helen mainly because Helen is a mother, who left her daughter behind when she fled, while Andromache herself is trying unsuccessfully to conceive. The fact that Helen seemingly abandoned a role that Andromache is desperately trying to assume feeds her resentment.
  • Get Out!: In the second episode, the two sides attempt negotiations. The Trojans know Paris screwed up and are willing to make concessions to the Greeks, as they don't actually want to have a war...but the economic demands the Greeks make are so insulting that the Trojans, even the ones who wanted to give Helen back, categorically reject them and order the Greeks out.
  • Heroic Suicide: Paris throws himself off a cliff to avert a prophecy which says he'll doom Troy (he's also distraught at his adopted father's death, which helps). The Amazons revived him though, but Aphrodite says it still counts since he was temporarily in the underworld. Obviously not, given the ending.
  • Human Sacrifice: Agamemnon is forced to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia to the goddess Artemis in order to allow his army to set sail.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Interestingly, Agamemnon does this at the start of his arc — after he sacrifices his daughter for the sake of the war, it becomes clear that he is then willing to do anything, commit any atrocity, in order to justify that, and drag the rest of the world down to his level.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: While far from the scale of Game of Thrones, this is a work based on the The Trojan Cycle, so there are many characters.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Paris and his lover have sex in a field.
  • Offing the Offspring: Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter Iphigenia to appease Artemis, though he's distraught at doing so.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • As the priest of Artemis offers up sacrifices to appease her wrath, he closes his eyes to pray, and almost visibly craps himself when he opens them, to see the Goddess of the Hunt herself standing right in front of him, looking very pissed off.
    • The reaction of the Trojans when they learn that Agamemnon has sacrificed his daughter to get the Greek fleet to Troy. Up until then they thought they could negotiate, but once they learn he's done that they realize just how determined the Greeks are.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: It's occasionally difficult to tell what accent Australian Louis Hunter is going for.
  • Papa Wolf: This is how Diomedes confirms Odysseus is only pretending to be insane, by putting his son Telemachus in front of the plowing path. Odysseus immediately gets him out of the way and punches Diomedes.
  • Playing Gertrude: Bella Dayne as Helen is only seven years older than Grace Hogg-Robinson, who's playing Helen's daughter Hermione here. Unsurprisingly she looks more like her older sister.
  • Race Lift: Achilles, Zeus and Patroklos.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Achilles goes into one when he thinks the Trojans have violated the twelve day truce. He would have killed Priam himself had Paris not shot him in the Achilles' Heel, giving his father the chance to fatally injure him.
  • Sequel Hook: The last two shots of the final episode are of Aeneas gathering survivors, and Odysseus departing on his ship, setting up potential following seasons for The Odyssey and The Aeneid. The writers have stated that there will probably be a Season 2 covering the Odyssey.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Ajax is shown still alive at the end of the series, whereas in a post-Iliad episode of the Trojan War he killed himself.
  • Tragic Villain: Agamemnon is portrayed here as a man forced to do heinous things to lead his men into war, and it drives him over the edge.
  • Trojan Horse: Of course. Interestingly, this adaptation presents the Trojans as less credulous than usual — they dismantle the horse almost completely to check that there are no nasty surprises; it just so happens that they leave the head, where Odysseus and Menelaus are apparently hiding, alone.
  • Truer to the Text: When compared to Troy, the series follows the events on the Trojan Cycle more faithfully.
  • World's Best Warrior: Achilles, obviously. Despite the fact that this adaptation keeps the Gods and mysticism as part of the story, Achilles is eventually shown to not be in any way invulnerable — he's just so skilled in combat that nobody can stand against him.
  • Worthy Opponent: Achilles likes to seek these out — but has come to see the outcome as inevitable, because he's just that good.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Odysseus very reluctantly drops Hector and Andromache's infant son from the walls of Troy to his death, at Agamemnon's order. Andromache curses him for this.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Do we need to explain this? The war begins because Helen abandons her husband to run away with Paris.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: This is Helen's reaction when she realizes Menelaus is going to let the Greek army to sack and burn the city of Troy.

Alternative Title(s): Troy The Fall Of A City


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