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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Daniel Hart

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One thought 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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