The Queen and the Conqueror season 1 review – I hope you are ready for a journey Revenge is a long game.

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Summary

The Queen and the Conqueror provides a lengthy rebirth of one of the first love stories of America, between an indigenous woman and a Spaniard, all consumed by the lust for revenge.

Colombian Netflix series The Queen and the Conqueror season 1 was released on the platform on May 20, 2020. Please note that this historical drama series is 60 episodes long and this review is based on first impressions.


Occasionally, Netflix releases a foreign title that brings forward the lengthiest episode format. The Queen and the Conqueror is a whopping 60 episodes, consisting of 45-60 minute episodes. I can only assume that in the original country of release, it was released in separate seasons. Anyway, the Colombian Netflix series implements depth from the first few episodes.

The story follows an indigenous woman named Catalina who gave her love and soul to a conqueror and who subsequently betrayed her. The story has 18 years of history as Catalina returns as a grown woman with one objective in sight — revenge. It’s interesting to note that with 60 episodes, some aspects look to have been done on a lighter budget as some of the settings and costumes look rather off, but it’s difficult to judge such a thing so early on in the series. The opening chapters embark on a long journey, introducing the main players and siloing the lives of Catalina and Pedro.

The dialogue is very much on the nose, with the writers desperate to preserve some historical context. The Queen and the Conqueror is aiming for the authenticity of the times but then is unclear of certain timelines — in the opening episode it lazily places on the screen “a long time ago”. I find it bemusing that it labels itself as a fictional series based on historical context yet the series cannot muster itself to even provide a date range. Anyway, I’m nitpicking — The Queen and the Conqueror season 1 provides a lengthy rebirth of one of the first love stories of America, between an indigenous woman and a Spaniard, all consumed by the lust for revenge.

If you have the time and energy, maybe give it a chance.


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7 thoughts on “The Queen and the Conqueror season 1 review – I hope you are ready for a journey

  • May 24, 2020 at 6:00 am
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    I had watched this show “The Queen and the Conqueror” three times already and I don’t get bored of it. I can confirmed that it was one of my favorite show on netflix. What stuck me was the love between Catalina and Pedro. It created beautifully and I wish they had done more romance/love scenes. I saw some comments complaints that Catalina isn’t looks Indian enough and they won’t give a chance watching it. I talked to my family and friends about how good of this show, and they would give it a chance when they have time. Trust me I’m not a movie or Tv show person, but this show hooked me up and now I really really hope that there is season 2. Because I feel like the story wasn’t completely finished it yet.

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    • May 28, 2020 at 6:32 am
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      Dont agree. Watched 3 episodes and the acting !! So bad its annoying to watch!!
      The story might be good, i love historical shows, but they should have got better actors.
      Dont think watch rest of it. 60 episodes !! Could not handle that!!
      Would have been great if it was like “la reine del sur”!!
      So, again the bad acting is so annoying to watch!! Sorry.

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  • May 26, 2020 at 10:00 am
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    I watched the whole show and loved it. From all the productions coming from Caracol (Colombia), it’s come a long way, they’re evolving. I do credit that. As far as the timing uncertainty, it’s definitely aligning with the reign of Joanna the Mad/Charles V and King Henry VIII. The wardrobe of the nobility I do agree it’s a bit off, in particular the women. I was engaged, the historical facts are not 100% not even 50%. I’d say this series is “inspired” by actual events. But the show was engaging, I really grew to love Catalina and Pedros character and their well-being. Anything that stood against them being together seems like a constant obstacle. I enjoyed watching it, bingeworthy for me.

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  • May 26, 2020 at 10:14 am
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    I watched the whole show and loved it. From all the productions coming from Caracol (Colombia), it’s come a long way, they’re evolving budget wise. I do credit that. As far as the timing uncertainty, it’s definitely aligning with the reign of Joanna the Mad/Charles V (Spain) and King Henry VIII (England) around 1515-1555. The wardrobe of the nobility I do agree it’s a bit off, in particular the women. Constanzas wardrobe is probably best depicted. I was engaged however, the historical facts are not 100% not even 50%. I’d say this series is “inspired” by actual events. But the show was engaging, I really grew to love Catalina and Pedros character was concerned for their well-being. Anything that stood against them being together seems like a constant obstacle. I enjoyed watching it, bingeworthy for me. Catalina does have some indigenous facial features, so it’s 50/50. If you look at Pedro de Heredias actual painting, he doesn’t look anything like the actor portraying him. It’s best to look beyond that.

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  • May 29, 2020 at 4:13 am
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    Who gets annoyed at Catalina going on and on. Spoilt the series

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  • June 5, 2020 at 2:27 am
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    I absolutely loved it. Being 64 years old, I have seen my share of love stories, but the passion shown in this show is unlike anything I had ever seen, it made Romeo and Juliet look boring, especially Pedro the main male character was played beautifully. I wish I could understand Spanish. It was tough to follow the subtitles

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  • June 25, 2020 at 8:20 pm
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    I am currently on episode 27. I love this series. I love the casting of the main characters Pedro and Catalina. She is beautiful and looks a little like an Indian. Pedro…he is gorgeous! Anyway, I am a sucker for this type of series. Keeps me binge watching until 4 am sometimes. I agree, there should be more love scenes with Pedro and Catalina.

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