El Sultán on Telemundo
Weeknights at 9pm/8c. This is the "prequel" to La Sultana.
If you managed to watch this on Netflix before they pulled it, be kind to other viewers and don't spoil the story. I mean, we know more or less what's going to happen but there's all sorts of extraneous non-historical drama.
This post takes the place of individual comment threads on each recap (I'm trying something new).
Thanks for setting this up, @kat!
Does anyone know how many episodes this will be (from seeing it in the past)? Wikipedia lists 139 episodes, each one 90-150 minutes long. That seems like an awful lot.
@kat, I would very much appreciate being able to comment here, rather than within individual recaps. It's makes it easier to find past info that I sometimes want to read again and gives us a central place to meet and chat.
I second these sentiments! I like having comments for the whole run of the show in one spot. I'm fine reading a recap on the blog, but chatting here.
Digo.... If you are recapping. No pressure! 😆
LOL...it's my plan to recap, but if I do this it takes the pressure off, plus I'll only have to keep track of the conversation in one place rather than several.
Mustafa . . . so young and already insufferable! They are creating a little monster.
Thank you, Kat! The names are the biggest hurdle for me, and this was a huge help. I also have a much better handle now on both the palace politics and the international intrigues.
My favorite line in the recap: “someone announces the arrival of Suleyman and it’s like clearing the way for emergency vehicles”. 😂
Hola all! I’m watching El Sultán as well and really enjoying it so far. I’ll be DVRing all week and catching up on Saturday & Sunday. I’m also watching Amor Eterno (because Turkish!) and I’m absolutely hooked.
Many thanks to @kat for mentioning El Sultán on last week’s Launch Pad post or I probably wouldn’t have noticed or added it to my DVR schedule.
Also many thanks for the recap of the first episode. It helped me get everyone and everything in this plot organized. My Spanish is better but I still miss things, especially in pilot/first episodes when they toss everyone into the mix and we have to figure out who’s who. Many thanks!
I'm finding every episode absorbing, but I'm having a different reaction this time to the setting and situations than I did with La Sultana. For some reason, I'm finding it harder to stomach the issue of sexual slavery and the role of the concubines. Maybe it's because in La Sultana, I found Ahmed more personally appealing (than Suleyman), so was apt to cut him more slack.
In this novela, I find myself angry at the way the women of the harem are pitted against one another and portrayed as conniving backstabbers, when it's all just a necessary survival mechanism. What else can they do when forced to live in such humiliating, subservient circumstances? Again, I'm not sure why I'm more sensitive to this now than I was when watching La Sultana.
I think I'm also less sympathetic to Suleyman's political machinations. Why should we want to see him conquering other nations, just so he can suck them dry collecting taxes and tributes? As far as I can tell, his maneuvers are all aggressive, rather than defensive. He wants glory and riches. Am I remembering wrong, or didn't Ahmed have higher ideals?
I love the opulence of the set and costumes. The puffy hats fascinate me too 😉, but like you I feel it is a very different show. La Sultana was female centric and the struggle for power between Safiye and Kosem was much more interesting to me. It felt like more of a power struggle of historic proportions (as it did lead to the reformation of the succession of the Sultanate) and less a petty squabble between romantic rivals.
I still watch and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the conflict of the story becomes something that interests me more. For now my interest is a bit more shallow....pretty dresses!
I think you’ve hit the nail on the head about the difference between the two series. Thanks for helping me clarify my thoughts!
Also, I tend to view the central pairing as more paternal (he seems like her father) than romantic.
Cancelled already! Telemundo just aired El Sultán for the last time today (12/20). If we want to keep watching, we have to view it on the app (no thanks).
Next week, they’ll start showing 2 eps of Decisiones back-to-back. Not sure this is a good long-term strategy, given that Decisiones is also doing badly in the ratings, but not as abysmally as El Sultán.
I still find it interesting that La Sultana was such a big hit with viewers, while El Sultán bombed. On a superficial level, the male leads in La Sultana were certainly handsomer and more sympathetic.
For Guerra de Ídolos, I watched it online. I'm not doing that with El Sultán. As for what else is going to happen on Telemundo
I'm just posting the link because my brain can't handle more words today after figuring this out!