13 November 2014 | MissSimonetta
Yellowface and wooden acting - a deadly combination
The Nightingale is a pretty poor episode overall. Aside from the offensive application of yellow face on white actors rather than getting performers of Asian descent to play the parts of the Asian characters (a shameful practice which, sadly, continues even now in some cases), the plotting is poor and the pace is sluggish. They just didn't adapt the original story that well.
The worst part has to be Mick Jagger as the Emperor. The man just cannot act; he is less convincing than the animatronic nightingale serenading him. He is truly wooden and only halfheartedly conveys emotion. That ghoulish Fu Manchu make-up on him only makes his performance all that more unpleasant to watch.
This may be the worst episode of Faerie Tale Theatre. Watch only if you are a Hans Christian Andersen die-hard or a completionist for the show.