Thursday, December 16, 2010

Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre: The Nightingale

Mick Jagger? Whaaat! But it's true. Mick Jagger stars as the emperor in Faerie Tale Theatre's version of The Nightingale. So I guess we know what he's talking about when he has a musical preference.

This episode is a little weird, and I mean that in a good way. Although not always successful, this is the first time you see Faerie Tale theatre branch out from the staple, common fairy tales for one that's a little less known, which I have to admire. You may have your own opinion about a bunch of white folks playing Chinese people... sigh...

The pacing on this one is pretty good, there is enough story to carry the hour-long episode. And it was nice to see the cast change up a little bit. Faerie Tale Theatre was starting to find its feet by now and it shows in the writing and directing.

(I've chosen to review all the Faerie Tale Theatre episodes separately because they vary so much and cover so many different stories. Also: reading/watching the material for this blog takes a lot of time! I hope you enjoy the slightly more in depth reviews this way.)


  1. I thought the episode was excellent but would have preferred David Bowie as the Cathayan emperor

  2. +JMJ+

    A friend and I were just talking about this and she said that the first time she ever heard of Mick Jagger was when this episode came on TV and her parents grew hysterical! =P

    I'm not too crazy about the idea of "a bunch of white folks playing Chinese people," either, but that sort of thing happens a lot in real theatre--where actors often have to play characters of other races or sex, or even double up when there aren't enough players--so it's easy to overlook in this sort of production.