SERIES UPDATE (as of 2018-02-2017): Troy: Fall of a City begins showing on BBC1 television in the United Kingdom, on Saturday, February 17, at 9:00 p.m. BBC has announced that a one-hour episode (of the 8-hour miniseries) will air each successive Saturday night. Netflix (the co-producer of the miniseries) intends to stream Troy: Fall of a City internationally, at some unspecified future date. My 7 “anticipatory episodes” are now complete and posted. As I live in Canada, and have no access to the BBC television release, and no firm dates on the international Netflix release, my intended “review episodes” are currently in limbo. I will keep you posted! Jeff
Welcome to WATCHING TROY FALL. My name is Jeff Wright, I live in Ottawa, Canada, and this podcast you are listening to now is intended as a fun little “spin off project” from my other podcast: Trojan War: The Podcast. So, here’s my plan.
Some months back I learned that Netflix, in cooperation with the BBC, is setting out to create an epic 8-part television mini-series based on the famous story of the Trojan War. The title of that series is TROY: FALL OF A CITY. Now news of this event has filled me – a self-professed “Trojan War enthusiast/geek” – with equal parts anticipatory excitement and anticipatory dread. Excitement, because I passionately want the Netflix/BBC series to succeed. And dread, because of the myriad ways in which translating history’s most awesome epic into an 8-hour television series could go so horribly wrong.
So, I have decided to create WATCHING TROY FALL. Here’s the plan. First, I will offer you some anticipatory episodes, which I will record and release before TROY: FALL OF A CITY arrives on our television screens. And in these anticipatory episodes I will review the major pitfalls (and opportunities) that Netflix faces in delivering a Bronze Age epic story to a 21st century audience – while still doing justice to the plot, the characters and the overarching nobility and genius of the original story. Then, once TROY: FALL OF A CITY arrives on our television screens, I intend to create 8 “real time viewing episodes”. I will watch an episode of the Netflix series in real time, then immediately fire up my podcaster mic and record my “post-viewing impressions” of that episode.
And then the conversations will begin! I am hoping that you will watch the series right along with me, and only listen to my review of an episode after you have formed your own impressions. Then I invite you to hop on over to my Twitter account @trojanwarpod or my Facebook page facebook.com/jeffwrightstoryteller and share your impressions of TROY: FALL OF A CITY.
Now I fully appreciate that WATCHING TROY FALL is fraught with podcasting pitfalls and perils. So, if unexpected glitches arrive along the way, I will keep you in the loop and together we will make “on the fly” adjustments to my original plan.
Finally: I intend WATCHING TROY FALL as an entertaining, playful and thought-provoking diversion. So, if you are hungry for a detailed telling of every delicious moment of the Trojan War Epic story arc, complete with scholarly post-story commentary, then you might want to check out Trojan War: The Podcast.
And about this podcast’s title: WATCHNG TROY FALL. Consider it but a playful homage to the Netflix/BBC series title. But let me be clear. I in no way wish TROY: FALL OF A CITY to fall or to fail. In fact, I desperately hope that the series is absolutely brilliant. And I wish Netflix, the BBC and everybody involved in the enterprise the very best of luck, and the blessings of all the best Muses. The original Trojan War story is history’s most awesome epic. TROY: FALL OF A CITY, I hope, will manage to capture and convey some of that awesomeness.
Trained as an educator and as a storyteller, Jeff will entrance you with a straight-up story or engage you in a crisply crafted lecture. Jeff specializes in “edu-tainments”: storytelling with depth and message AND presentations enriched through entertaining story. Jeff is adaptable and flexible. He performs in corporate boardrooms, on cruise ships, in small theatres, and in large auditoriums. Jeff’s other projects include:
- Trojan War: The Podcast. Downloaded more than 300,000 times by listeners in over 130 nations.
- Leadership Lessons from a Bronze Age War. Jeff’s highly entertaining live corporate show integrates the 21st century lessons of Behavioral Economics into an instructive exploration of leadership and teamwork “blunders” committed by Bronze Age warlords – and by 21st century managers and CEOs.
- Trojan War: The Live Show. Jeff’s live storytelling shows are uniquely suited to “extended duration audiences”: guests on a cruise ship; guests at a lodge or resort; guests on a multi-day tour. For such audiences Jeff weaves an extended story arc which includes new episodes each day. Jeff delivers entertaining and informative post-performance “edu-tainments”.
- Odyssey: The Podcast. Coming soon, the much-demanded sequel to Trojan War: The Podcast.