I dedicate this anticipatory episode of WATCHING TROY FALL to Helen of Troy: in my view one of the most fascinating and “politicized” female characters in story. I begin by noting that the “Helen stories” that a culture chooses to tell inevitably offer a revealing Rorschach (inkblot) Test on that culture’s issues, values, fears and aspirations concerning women. Then I offer a quick resume: tracing Helen from her divine origins in rape and violence, through the “Sparta years”, the “war years in Troy”, and ultimately back to the “post war Sparta years” again. Finally, I explore five different “takes” on Helen that TROY: FALL OF A CITY will have to choose between: Helen as Homewrecker; Helen as Damsel in Distress; Helen as Temptress; Helen as Emancipated Woman; and Helen as Pawn of Gods and Men.
This is the final anticipatory episodes of WATCHING TROY FALL. Future viewing episodes will all be dedicated to “as close to real-time as possible” critical commentary and reviews of each of the eight episodes of TROY: FALL OF A CITY.
You can join in the conversation – sharing your views on my anticipatory episodes, and on the mini-series – on three different platforms. Privately, via the Contact Page of this website. Publicly, via my Facebook page: jeffwrightstoryteller or via Twitter: @trojanwarpod.
Looking forward to watching the series and hearing from you. Jeff