The Feathered Serpent: Complete Series
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Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who, The Omen) is a scheming, fanatical Aztec priest in this classic British cult TV favorite. As high priest Nasca, a servant of the bloodthirsty god Teshcata, he’s determined to topple the peace-loving emperor Kukulkhan and prevent a marriage that will unite two kingdoms under the benevolent god Quala, the “Feathered Serpent.” Tozo, a brave servant boy, plays a key role as the adventure unfolds and Nasca’s plots become more nefarious and deadly.
The Feathered Serpent boasts lavish costumes, elaborate sets, literate scripts, and timeless themes: loyalty, courage, heroism, and the battle between good and evil. Featuring strong performances by Troughton, Diane Keen (The Ruth Rendell Mysteries), Brian Deacon (Bleak House), and Tony Steedman (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure), it’s a lively journey through a long-dead civilization.
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This 2-DVD complete series set seems reminiscent of Disney TV archival re-releases from the same and earlier time periods. They must be reviewed as that, not a comparison with today's high-tech film events like Avatar. 1970s alter-human character shows like Battlestar Galatica, Wonder Woman, & The Incredible Hulk for instance followed the sixties Mission Impossible, Star Trek, and Lost in Space. The Feathered Serpent TV show went backward, historically, not forward into time. Now it is revived after 3 ½ decades. Elaborate costumes seem to have been heavily influenced by Anasazi Kachinas. That also happened in Star Wars. Other influences from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Aztec, and Native American cultures.
All episodes have SUBTITLES available. Series 1 originally aired in 1976, series 2 in 1978.
1-1 Emperor Kukulkhan wants peace the The Feathered Serpent god Ouala. High Priest Nasca wants human sacrifice and its god Teshcata. A servant lad, Tozo, brings a token to Empress Chimalma, forced fiancée to Prince Huemac.
1-2 The secret passages become known to blind priest Otolmi and Tozo, whom he saved. Heumac is well received causing Mahaoutec jealousy.
1-3 Kukulkhan must spend a night in the Teshcata temple. Toxo explores the secret passages. Gen. Mahoutec challenges Heumac to a duel. Nasca manipulates much evil.
1-4 The empress intends to honor Kukulhan's wish & marry Heumac. He finds a map piece. Nasca continues his evil schemes even at a heart-letting funeral.
1-5 A poisoned Empress, an imprisoned Heumac, & an attack upon the Tula army. Tozo to the rescue with mad accusations spewed by Nasca.
1-6 A rescue from the chamber of Screams. Will the Pyramid of the Sun see a human sacrifice? Nasca seems to produce a sign from his god Teshcata.
2-1 God Quala reinstated and evil is vanquished? Heumac must prove worthy to marry the Empress via the Stone Cage.
2-2 Keelag has performed a miracle and a plague of misery is planned for the city. Inside the Stone Cage a life or death struggle continues.
2-3 Keelag teaches her resurrected student some mind control. The royal wedding nears but where are the required crowns of Chichen Itza? Again, will Tozo save the day?
2-4 the royal couple is hypnotized and the city wells are poisoned with madness. Tozo is tortured in his search for the sacred mirror.
2-5 Tozo needs rescued from Xipec. It is Heumac that makes the attempt, while Chimalma is further deceived by Nasca.
2-6 The final confrontation between good and evil. To one god goes the spoils.
This is fictional drama but based loosely on the Nazca people of Peru. The Mayan god, Kukulcan, was real, and The Feathered Serpent a religious cult. Some connection can also be found in characters with the Mesoamerican cultures of the Toltecs (Central Mexico) and Aztecs. The later defeated the former yet considered them predecessors and claimed the Toltec gods and spiritual rites. One god was Quetzalcoatl (Quala?) or The Feathered Serpent. Tezcatlipoca used black magic to drive Quetzalcoatl to the ocean & human sacrifice began. Cortes arrived in 1519, mistook as a god, and was helped by Aztec Emperor Montezuma II to conquer Central American lands.
More historical background for this series is on disc 2. Look at that prior to viewing the 12 episode complete series. It adds credibility to the story fictional portrayal.
This one was preserved and the tape looks great. the colors look great the picture looks great. This was a show aimed like doctor who at the youth audience and it's a really cool idea. I mean is there even ONE other show about aztecs , in which the main characters are aztecs? and the storyline is about the aztecs during their heyday? Of course this isn't the highest budget affair but brit tv of the era did the best they could. Patrick Troughton is great in this though, he's really a great villian. The actors are british too and caucasion but it doesn't matter because they are playing characters and the whole thing is a story about a really alien culture in comparison to modern ones completely. In fact you could have people in mexico playing british people from long ago and it wouldn't matter as long as they acted out the characters well. the story is a good one about a evil priest who wants to keep the aztecs worshipping the bloodier gods ,while the emporer wants to go back to the more peaceful gods. The sets are well done for the budget and time this was shot. just enjoy the show and fine acting and don't even think about skin color and you can see the writers of this show really treated the aztecs with some respect here, just like any historical drama. Thank goodness this unusual show was preserved! Personally I would like to see another show featuring the aztecs and their struggles and such. They were an incredible civilization. And like the incas the only reason they fell was because most of the fighting was done by subject peoples who the spanish
promissed freedom too! they lied of course though. The dvd is a two setter and well worth owning for fans of historial fiction. It's of it's era though production wise. If this were made today they'd shoot it on film and use cgi effects and this would be more realistic. ANd probably they'd use mexican actors, but that's not a distraction to a good story. it's not aimed at masterpiece theater though, instead it's a cool show aimed at the young at heart.