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12 July 2017 @ 10:03 pm
"We also learn that Will’s father was gruesomely disemboweled for refusing to renounce his Catholic faith and embrace Protestantism. He periodically appears to Will à la Hamlet’s father’s ghost, one of many references to the Bard’s work that have an Easter egg-y, Shakespeare in Love aspect.

from this review of the TNT show Will:

I just…

I mean, look. I watched Due South and Slings and Arrows (to say nothing of, y'know, Hamlet), so like, in theory, I really love it when characters talk to the ghosts of their fathers, or others that they care for deeply. I just…don't trust this show to do a decent job of it? There's already so much nonsense piled up in the trailers I've seen; where would they even find the space for an actually illuminating heart-to-heart between Will and his unexpectedly deceased dear old dad?
ericadawn16: Curiousericadawn16 on July 13th, 2017 05:55 am (UTC)
I'm still curious enough to watch.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on July 13th, 2017 02:29 pm (UTC)
I think it'll just make me too angry! Not the historical inaccuracy - anachronism can be interesting - but the whole premise that Shakespeare can only be made interesting by making him into a punk rocker and Catholic rebel.
ericadawn16ericadawn16 on July 14th, 2017 12:42 am (UTC)
Those are good points but I'm still...at least they aren't in that elitist group that thinks Shakespeare wouldn't have been capable of writing such plays because his education was so poor...public school in the 16th century and all...
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on July 14th, 2017 04:32 am (UTC)
I don't really think people should get credit for that. :) It's the bare minimum for entry!

The main thing with TNT's Will is that I just take Shakespeare too personally; I know I wouldn't be able to enjoy such a program, or even laugh at it if it were bad, so it's in my best interests to steer clear. That certainly doesn't mean that other people shouldn't watch it and have a good time!
a_t_raina_t_rain on July 15th, 2017 10:05 pm (UTC)
Aarghh, I hate it when people get simple biographical stuff wrong that you can easily look up.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on July 16th, 2017 05:28 am (UTC)
I mean, I suspect that they didn't "get things wrong" so much as "throw any concern for accuracy out the window in the first place" - but I'm not sure that makes it better!