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Old 09-29-16, 07:23 PM   #1
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Versailles - Ovation Saturday




Series Premiere

S01E01 - "Un roi sans château n'a rien d'un vrai roi (Welcome To Versailles)"
Saturday - October 1, 2016
OVATION - 10/9c


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At 28, King Louis XIV of France commissions Versailles, the most beautiful palace in Europe, which serves as the King’s gilded prison – keeping his friends close and enemies closer.
Enter a world of untold wealth, power, and passion. Where love and lust are just a heartbeat away from deceit and betrayal.
Experience Versailles in all its brutal glory. Source

In 1667 in France, Louis XIV is a young king who wants to impose his power whereas he is traumatized by the Fronde (the revolt of nobility during Louis XIII's reign) and despite the attacks of conspirators. Then, Louis XIV decides to establish the seat of the power out of Paris, in Versailles. At that time, Versailles is just a hunting lodge but Louis XIV radically wants to transform this castle. Source.

Cast
  • George Blagden as Louis XIV - The 28-year-old King of France travels to Versailles after the Fronde revolt, in order to build the world’s most opulent palace.
  • Alexander Vlahos as Monsieur Philippe d'Orléans - Louis’ younger brother Philippe is a free spirit, an effeminate dandy and ferocious warrior.
  • Tygh Runyan as Fabien Marchal
  • Tina Lifford as Violet Bordelon
  • Stuart Bowman as Bontemps - Louis’ First Valet. The warm and friendly valet of Versailles. A rich man who sleeps each night at the foot of his master’s bed.
  • Noémie Schmidt as Henriette - Philippe’s Spouse. Sister of King Charles II of England, Henriette is the wife of Philippe and the mistress of King Louis.
  • Elisa Lasowski as Marie-Thérèse - The Queen. Originally from Spain, the Queen is an isolated character, using what others mistake for ignorance to hide her most intimate secrets.
  • Evan Williams as Chevalier - Philippe’s Lover. Chevalier, Philippe’s male lover. Handsome as he is toxic. Petty and manipulative, he is the perfect conspirator.
  • Tygh Runyan as Fabien - Chief of Louis’ Police Force. The leader of King Louis’ Stasi-like police force. Fabien is terrifying his chilling eyes catch everything.
  • Anna Brewster as Madame de Montespan - The Court’s Femme Fatale. Madame de Montespan is witty, graceful, and probably the most ambitious woman at the court of Versailles.
  • Amira Casar as Béatrice - Chevalier’s Cousin. Widow who schemes to get closer to her distant cousin, Chevalier, Béatrice is a secretive and manipulative woman.
  • Dominque Blanc as Queen Anne of Austria - The Queen. Though deceased, Anne of Austria lives on in Louis’ memories. It’s like having Machiavelli on his shoulder.


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Re: Versailles - Ovation Saturday

Huge fan of costume dramas, especially those set in 17 & 18 Century France.

Versailles tells the story of the building of the most fabulous palace in the world. It's also the story of King Luis XIV and his court.

It takes place after the Fronde. A very precarious time in France, and pitted both the parliament and the nobles against the King.

Had the opportunity to read everything I could find on the court and the time during my college years. I also had the opportunity to visit the palace in 1983.

Join me in watching what I'm expecting to be a great series. Season 1 contains 10 episodes.

That's Saturday, October 1, 2016. Ovation channel, 10/9c.
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Watched this Premiere, and when it ended, I had to pick my chin up from the floor. I thought if was really, really good.

I will say, for those with weak stomachs, it might be difficult. Gruesome is the first word that comes to mind. Oh, and there's a lot of nudity and sexual situations. Men and women, and men and men.

Great set decorations! Excellent cast!
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S01E02 - "L'État c'est moi (I Am the State)"
Saturday - October 8, 2016
10/9c - OVATION



Spoiler: Promo & Episode Description


The Queen gave birth to the first royal baby and it triggers some rumors. Besides, Louis XIV's counselors advice him to go to war in order to impose his power. Furthermore, Louis XIV's brother Philippe dreams of glory and wants to be on the field of the future battles. Source

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Re: Versailles - Ovation Saturday

Watched the first episode. Kind of liked it. Didn't strike me as 'must see', tho.
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Watched the first episode. Kind of liked it. Didn't strike me as 'must see', tho.
I agree Dawg!

As I mentioned in my initial post, I'm a sucker for costume dramas. Especially if the story involves France.
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S01E03 - "Il est temps que la noblesse réplique (It is time for the Nobility to follow)"
Saturday - October 15, 2016
10/9c - OVATION



Spoiler: Promo & Episode Description


Louis has one thing in mind: Versailles. For the nobles to come to Versailles, the king demanded the representatives of high society bring him their noble titles, only guarantors of their privileges. First to be stripped of his title, Montcourt seeking the support of the Duke of Cassel, one of the North's most powerful nobles, who bears the king in high esteem. Louis asks the queen to leave the mourning to welcome his guest: Prince of Assini, able to open his trade routes in West Africa. Source

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I'm up-to-date, just haven't had time to post my comments.

As my ex-Governor would say, "I'll be back!"
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S01E04 - "Mon dieu! J'ai envoyé mon frère à la guerre' (My God! I sent my brother to war)"
Saturday - October 22, 2016
10/9c - OVATION



Spoiler: Promo & Episode Description


Seductive young ladies vie to attract the king's eye at court, where behind the scenes there is bloody business being conducted and investigated. Philippe's new-found fame as a warrior threatens to eclipse Louis as the war reaches a turning point. Source

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Okay, someone other than me and the Dawg needs to try this one out.
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