Last night I started to watch Season 1 of Showtime's The Tudors. I'm just a wee bit obsessed with Hank and his wives, so I was disappointed when we got rid of the premium channels and I wasn't able to watch this during its initial run. After three episodes, I'm over that disappointment.
The show is interesting, to say the least. There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to the liberties taken with history/characters. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, while easy on the eyes, is not Henry VIII to me. He just doesn't have the presence that I expected Henry would have -- he's dwarfed by so many other characters. Now the man playing Duke of Buckingham -- that's who should have played Henry.
The one positive comment - Sam Neill as Wolsey is perfectly cast. I'm already disliking him as much as I'm feeling pity for Thomas More. Whether that's from the show or just the fact that I know their history, I'm not sure.
The bad thing about watching The Tudors is like Titanic, you know what's going to happen. Or do you? With all the historical inaccuracies to date, perhaps not. Maybe in this version, Anne Boleyn won't be beheaded. *grin* (Yea, I know they got that right in Season 2.)
Although it's dreadful, I haven't removed the rest of Season 1 from my Netflix queue. I'm just wondering how much raunchier it can get -- did people *really* run around in dishabille all the time in Henry's court? I swear, I've seen more T&A in three episodes of The Tudors than I've seen in everything else I've watched year-to-date combined.