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Nefertiti (4 of 5) - The Head with One Eye

Plot

With a war hanging over their head, Akhenatan plays the pacifist even as he strengthens his city. When their daughter passes away while doing penance to the God of the Sun, a Nefertiti mad with rage and grief vows to avenge her child's death against her husband and his cruel god.

Episode

0943

Air Dates

  • First Run - January 11, 1979
  • Repeat - August 9, 1979

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4 Responses to Episode 0943

As Akhenaten becomes more engrossed in the construction of his new temple, and Nefertiti to the construction to the rest of the city, they lose touch with each other. Horemheb returns with news of impending attacks from the Hittites. By this time, Akhenaten and Nefertiti have had three children, the youngest is Tutankhamen. The oldest, while spending the day with her father was ordered to spend as long as it would take to learn the prayer to their chosen god. She spends the day in the hot temple on her knees in prayer until she collapses from exhaustion and eventually dies. The chasm between the two continues to widen. A sculpture spends time with Nefertiti on a new work. She demands that it reflect her true likeness and depart from the stylized works of the past.  

Patrick Garmin

I see they've cleaned up this episode, WONDERFUL quality & an EXCELLENT episode in this series!

GR

Wow great Quality!!! Love it!!

Shana White

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. G. Frederick Lewis wrote a compelling episode where it’s now the Calm before the Storm. However, the events of this 4th chapter aren’t 100% precise. SPECIAL NOTE: Nefertiti & Akhenaton had 6 daughters. Meritaten, Meketaten, Ankhesenamun, Neferneferuaten, Neferneferure, and Setepenre. The 2nd child, Meketaten, may have died from a plague in those days. In this episode, the characters are focused only on Meketaten, stating she died from sunstroke. The story of Nefertiti is a fascinating one, but it’s a mystery as to why G. Frederick Lewis changed the events of the Egyptian Queen’s life. In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall welcomes us back to continue the story. In ACT-1, details of Nefertiti’s image, but also states that Archaeology is pure detective work and the solution is history. In ACT-2, imagine what the Royal Palace was like in Ancient Egypt, but also turn of events for the Queen. In ACT-3, pointing out that the Pharaoh Akhenaton was the first monarch in Egypt to believe in 1 God. More importantly, pointing out that the sculpture bust of Nefertiti has 1 eye missing and we’re left with guesses as to why it was really left that way. In his Epilogue, quoting British Archaeologist John Devitt Stringfellow Pendlebury about his view on Ancient Egypt. Kudos to E.G. Marshall for being informative in his narrations. Sound effects of footsteps, infant giggling, unwrapping the statuette, harp playing, woman singing softly in the background, kitten meowing, removing of the cloth, birds chirping, written paper, the slap at the 26-minute mark, and sculpting tools were helpful. The music was the best. Not just dramatic tunes, but the Archaic music in the 3rd Act was perfect to go with this story. And finally, our cast: Tammy Grimes (as Nefertiti), Russell Horton (as Tutmas the Sculptor and Akhenaton), Evie Juster (as Marianni), and Earl Hammond (as Papyrus the Scribe and General Horemheb). I would say that these 4 did it again; they were excellent in their roles, particularly Russell Horton & Tammy Grimes. The dialogue between these 2, during the 33-minute mark, was the best! I’m looking forward to the 5th and final chapter on this historical queen. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0)

Russell


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