Alex Haley’s Queen: The Complete SeriesHDClosed Captioning
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“There are two sides to every story,” or so the saying goes. For best-selling author Alex Haley, one side was Roots – the towering chronicle tracing seven generations of his mother's family. The other side comes to the screen in Alex Haley's Queen, the remarkable history of a paternal side of the author's family. David L. Wolper (Roots, The Thorn Birds) is the executive producer of this acclaimed adaption of the story Haley was working on when he died. Oscar® and Emmy® winner Halle Berry plays Queen, daughter of a slave and a plantation owner. During the turbulent decades of the antebellum South, the Civil War, Reconstruction and beyond, she searches for a home in the two cultures of her heritage – and at times is shunned by both. But rejection and hate are no match for her unconquerable will. Ann-Margret, Danny Glover, Martin Sheen and Ossie Davis also star in this poignant, uplifting final chapter of the Haley legacy.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPt. 1||Part 1 develops the relationship between James Jackson, Jr., a rich plantation owner's son, and Easter, a slave.||1:34:33||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPt. 2||In Part 2, Queen journeys away from the plantation and discovers the delight of passing for white before she is forced into exile again.||1:31:09||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPt. 3||In Part 3, Queen finds love and continues to search for an answer to her quest for belonging, until events trigger issues in hermental state.||1:35:38||Season Only||View in iTunes|
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As historical soap opera, Queen was a fun exploration of interesting themes, but was typical of the period; dramatic and overwrought at times, and calculated to reach a critical mass of emotion upheaval before each commercial break.
Alex Haley's works, though critically acclaimed, mustn't be taken too seriously, as much of what he wrote about was found to be unsupported by later academic investigation. Combined with the several charges of plagiarism, render his body of work historical fiction, possibly based upon real events.
Really enjoyed the history lesson here. Entertaining and educational.