Spanish Historical Fiction

El Ministerio del Tiempo 1×06 Review: Time of Rogues

El Ministerio del Tiempo lola mendieta y el lazarillo de tormes

Anyone who has some knowledge of Spanish literature will know that the picaresque novel, or picaresca, was one of the most important genres of literature in my home country  in the 16th and 17th centuries. Cervantes wrote his fair share of stories in the genre, as well as other writers, but none is as important as the Lazarillo de Tormes, by an anonymous author. That is, until MdT revealed to us what really happened. Continue reading

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El Ministerio del Tiempo: The Prequel

El Ministerio del Tiempo Precuela vuelve Julian Rodolfo Sancho

And we are back! Sort of. Who knows when El Ministerio will open its doors again, because they seem to enjoy not telling is when the fourth series will see the light of day. Continue reading

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Stop! In the Name of Love

The creators of El Ministerio del Tiempo are taunting us. First, they give us a clip of every historical character we are going to meet (or meet again) in the upcoming fourth series of the show. Continue reading

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El Ministerio del Tiempo 1×05 Review: Any Time Past

I love it when plans go wrong. Don’t assume I’m misquoting The A Team here! It’s just that, when the plot of an episode merely goes from point A to point B, a show can become quite tiring. Continue reading

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El Ministerio del Tiempo 1×04 Review: A Bargaining on Time

I adore meta episodes. I revel in them. I rewatch them to catch hidden messages, and the fourth outing of MdT gives me this and much more. In fact, this is arguably the most meta episode of the show up until the series 3 finale in what I would like to call the ICU (Isabel Cinematic Universe). Continue reading

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El Ministerio del Tiempo 1×03 Review: The Way Time is Rewritten

A time-travel show doesn’t become a proper time-travel show until it has its mandatory “we meet Hitler and have the dilemma of whether or not we should kill him” storyline. Here, it’s not really that the characters are thrown in that direction straightaway, but rather, they happen upon a conflict that might eventually only get solved if said assassination takes place. Continue reading

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El Ministerio del Tiempo 1×02 Review: Time of Glory

There is nothing like the first appearance of a character that will become a recurring one. The type audiences instantly love and want to see meeting our heroes again and again. In MdT, the first of such characters was Lope de Vega, known throughout the centuries as a womanizer, and portrayed as such in here. Continue reading

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El Ministerio del Tiempo 1×01 Review: Time Is What it Is

I have been a fan of El Ministerio del Tiempo since its inception back in 2015. How couldn’t I? Isabel had just ended, and here were its creators, the Olivares brothers (RIP Pablo), giving us a time travelling show that starred king Fernando himself and was going to have a cameo by the queen and Cisneros, plus many of the actors were going to reappear playing different characters. Continue reading

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El Ministerio del Tiempo 3×13 Review: Between Two Times

Let’s just forget that this might be the last episode ever of El Ministerio del Tiempo, and discuss: wasn’t it the best way to end a season/series? Full of self-references, not just to previous plots of the show, but to the behind-the-scenes story as well. But let’s start from the beginning. Continue reading

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A Thank You Letter to El Ministerio del Tiempo

After three years and countless adventures… Continue reading

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