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‘Mysteries of the Terracotta Warriors’ Netflix Review - A Must-Watch Historical Documentary

This documentary delves deep into the burial site and events post the demise of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.

Neerja Choudhuri - Wed, 12 Jun 2024 12:22:32 +0100 1099 Views
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The first time I learned about the Terracotta Warriors of the Qin dynasty was behind my “Classmate” notebook in fifth grade. I distinctly remember an image of these warriors and a small paragraph giving information about it. That was enough for me to become instantly interested in the topic. While I tried reading up on it, the quest to gain more knowledge on it could never be satisfied until I watched this Netflix documentary on the Terracotta Warriors. These warriors represent the army that Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China will require in his afterlife. This documentary through its clippings, interviews of archeologists and historians, and the videos of restoration and excavation delve deeper into the aftermath of Qin Shi Huang’s demise. It provides apt information that tells us about the happenings.


Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, is often credited with the unification of the country. Under his reign, the Qin Dynasty expanded significantly, establishing a powerful and centralized state that laid the foundation for future Chinese empires. However, after Qin Shi Huang's death, the dynasty faced internal strife and power struggles. The lack of a strong successor and widespread discontent led to a series of uprisings and rebellions. This turmoil eventually culminated in the fall of the Qin Dynasty, despite its promising beginnings. The archaeologist unearth the area in Lintong District in Shaanxi to restore thousands of life-size statues of the warriors. Archaeologists have painstakingly restored thousands of life-sized statues of warriors, which were buried to protect Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife. Each of these statues is remarkable for its unique and distinct facial features, suggesting that they were modeled after real soldiers of the time. What makes this discovery even more intriguing is that many of these warriors' depictions can be corroborated with ancient Chinese scriptures.


The most captivating aspect of this documentary is its deep dive into the rich history surrounding the Qin Dynasty. Rather than limiting its focus solely to the Terracotta Warriors, the film expands its narrative to provide a comprehensive exploration of the era. Through the use of skilled actors and meticulously recreated scenes, the documentary vividly portrays the intense power struggles that ensued after Qin Shi Huang's death.


One of the central storylines depicted is the conflict between the Emperor’s youngest son and the influential figures within the court, including the chief minister and the prime minister. The documentary brings to life the intrigue and political maneuvering that characterized this tumultuous period. It shows how the young and inexperienced were manipulated by powerful advisors, leading to decisions that ultimately weakened the dynasty. The dramatic re-enactments offer viewers a visceral understanding of the complex dynamics and betrayals that led to the dynasty's downfall. This broader approach not only enhances our knowledge of the period but also highlights the human elements and personal dramas that shaped history. It underscores the fact that the Terracotta Army is just one part of a much larger and more intricate historical tapestry, making the documentary a rich and engaging educational experience.


Mysteries of the Terracotta Warriors is a great watch from start to end. It gives information and keeps you glued till the credits start to roll. If you are a history aficionado, this documentary will undoubtedly captivate your interest. Even if you aren't typically drawn to historical context, the documentary is crafted so beautifully that you'll find it easy to understand and appreciate. Its compelling storytelling and meticulous attention to detail ensure that viewers of all backgrounds can engage with and enjoy the rich history it presents.


Final Score- [9/10]
Reviewed by - Neerja Choudhuri
Follow @NeerjaCH on Twitter
Publisher at Midgard Times

 

 

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