Once upon a time, there were two powerful families, the Montagues and the Capulets. The head of the Montagues killed the head of the Capulets and took over the rule of Neo-Verona, a country that floats in the sky (not making this up). Romeo, son of Montague, by chance meets Juliet one day, and they fall in love. Family duties and hostilities come in the way of these two lovers.
Overall, I was rather unimpressed with this series. I wanted to like it–I have always been interested in story re-tellings or incorporations of popular stories into series for some time. I thought the series had a lot of potential for some interesting conflict, particulary since in this version, the Montagues more or less completely eliminate the Capulets. However, that did not happen.
Before I go any further in my rant, I will say that I liked a fair number of the minor characters. I was a fan of Curio, the one-eyed guy, and sort of liked Tybalt. I thought the conflict between the greater groups was infintely more interesting than the budding romance. I also liked the dragon-horses–they were frickin’ adorable:
Otherwise, I was generally very frustrated with this series. I thought they railroaded the romance between Romeo and Juliet way too much. I fully expected some drama over the fact that Romeo’s father wiped out most of her family. But…no. Overall, the easy, lovey-dovey romance was just too much for me. Generally, I thought that the series had some cool elements–Juliet disgused as a boy, the dying tree concept, etc.–but that the creators did not do a good job of stringing them together. The plot and characters were very underdeveloped, and the series was simply a disappointment.