So the Showtime channel has a new original miniseries called The Tudors that is about the time of Henry VIII’s reign when he first meets Anne Boleyn. The Tudor dynasty has always been fascinating and lately there has been a lot of media about it. I really enjoy Phillip Gregory’s series of novels. The latest is called The Constant Princess about Katherine of Aragon, Queen of England. I actually just checked and I guess the latest is actually The Boleyn Inheritance, I will have to check that out. Her original novel The Other Boleyn Girl is set to release as a movie this summer starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman and Eric Bana (the Hulk and Hector) as Harry.
Anyway, back to the series. Instead of featuring Henry VIII as a tempermental fat man, he is portrayed as a tempermental man in his 20s by the steaming hot Jonathon Rhys Meyer. The series has a lot of fluff and a lot of gratutious sex. I’m not really sure if we are supposed to trust Woolsey or not (played by the incomparable Sam Neil). Showtime is using a very aggresive, unprecendented marketing scheme. The first two episodes streaming is being offerred virtually everywhere for free. You can find it on Amazon, Netflix, IMDB, Yahoo, MSN, TV.com, InnerTube. The first two edited episodes are easy to find on the official Showtime site. The unedited version takes a little bit more searching to find from Showtime. In fact, I suspect that the other sites are hosting the edited version. The first two episodes are all they are going to release but I found the third episode online too. I won’t say where so that hopefully I will be able to watch all 10 episodes. But if you really want to see it, you can leave a comment and I will direct you to the relevant sites.
Its a pretty good show and I feel that I like it for much of the same reasons that I like Nip/Tuck. And JRM is total eye-candy. Showtime claims they are being innovative and I guess they are. I feel that most people only know about Henry’s multiple marriages but his choice had a very big impact on the course of Christian religion. The head of state can also be the head of church. It is possible to redefine scripture, it is possible to break away from the established church. If it wasn’t for Henry’s heir issues and Anne’s “just say no” technique, how much different would our government and religion be? And we can’t forget that Henry is the father of a leader that brought England to a cultural and economic height.