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The Tudors 4 Seasons 2008

Season 2
4.6 out of 5 stars (1,244) IMDb 8.1/10

We begin the season with a King who has been frustrated at every turn by the Vatican in his bid to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon in order to marry the younger Anne Boleyn. The reasons, indeed necessity, for this step are multiple -- part vanity, part sexual desire, part bold individualism -- but they center on one unshakable ambition: to father a son and heir to the Tudor dynasty inherited by Henry from his father. If he does not have a son, then this lineage, for which he has such ambitions, will die with him. But this desire alone is not the whole story. Inspired by the writings and reformist zeal of a disgruntled German theologian named Martin Luther, Henry takes on the Catholic Church at their own game -- wielding power and authority -- and launches a savage and ultimately bloody bid to be master of his own spiritual as well as secular destiny. The English Reformation brings together the personal and political ambitions of a Royal revolutionary.

Starring:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill
Original air date:
June 1, 2008

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1. Episode 1

The Reformation begins as Henry declares himself head of the Church of England, banishes Katherine from the court, and blackmails a cook into assassinating a high-ranking Catholic bishop.

CC TV-MA March 30, 2008 57 minutes
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2. Episode 2

Henry continues undermining the Catholic Church's influence in England, while Anne resolves to consummate her relationship with the king, even as Charles Brandon begins planting doubts about her virtue.

CC TV-MA April 6, 2008 58 minutes
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3. Episode 3

Henry secretly marries Anne Boleyn and appoints his Lutheran chaplain head of the Church, but the newlyweds are disappointed when their first child is a girl, whom they name Elizabeth.

CC TV-MA April 13, 2008 53 minutes
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4. Episode 4

Henry asks the entire country to swear an oath, and jails Sir Thomas More for refusing to take it; Anne becomes pregnant again and schemes to control Henry's mistresses.

CC TV-MA April 20, 2008 54 minutes
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5. Episode 5

Anne's miscarriage and her sister's impetuous marriage threaten the Boleyn family's power at court, while a reluctant Henry orders the execution of his old friend, advisor and mentor Sir Thomas More.

CC TV-MA April 27, 2008 55 minutes
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6. Episode 6

The power of Thomas Cromwell widens as he investigates Catholic corruption, while the Pope denounces Sir Thomas More's execution, and the king of France refuses to recognize Elizabeth's legitimacy.

CC TV-MA May 4, 2008 52 minutes
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7. Episode 7

Cromwell confiscates Catholic property, enriching Henry; Katherine dies in pious poverty and obscurity, leaving Anne, newly pregnant, a firmer grip on power, even as a new lady in waiting catches Henry's eye.

CC TV-MA May 11, 2008 55 minutes
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8. Episode 8

After another miscarriage, Anne is quickly replaced by Jane Seymour in the king's affections; Henry attempts to renew his alliance with the king of Spain, who makes an intriguing proposal.

CC TV-MA May 18, 2008 53 minutes
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9. Episode 9

Anne Boleyn's fall is swift, as Henry accepts charges of adultery against her, sentences her alleged lovers to death, and grants royal favors to the family of his new love, Jane Seymour.

CC TV-MA May 25, 2008 53 minutes
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10. Episode 10

Henry proposes marriage to Jane Seymour and removes baby Elizabeth from the line of succession, even as Anne awaits her execution in the Tower of London.

CC TV-MA June 1, 2008 50 minutes
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If you liked season one, you are going to love season two. However, if you only liked season one for the racy sex scenes, you will be disappointed. Season two focuses on the political aspects of Henry VIII's reign and the downfall of Anne Boleyn. The show received a ton of criticism for being historically inaccurate in season one, and thankfully, they really cleaned up their act for season two. I have since read several books (Alison Weir and David Starkey both have good ones) and the effort to make season two more accurate is obvious and I think that the viewers will appreciate that. I certainly did. Here is a summary of my favorite episodes from season two:

Episode 2- Henry tells Anne that he intends to marry her and make her Queen of England. He dubs her Marquess of Pembroke and they travel to France where Henry presents her to Francis I (King of France) as his future wife. She does an amazingly enchanting dance with her ladies for Francis I that will leave you drooling. Henry and Anne finally seal the deal; she becomes pregnant with Elizabeth I.

Episode 5- This episode is centered on the downfall of Thomas More. This is some of the finest acting work that I have ever seen. Jeremy Northam gives the performance of a lifetime. This episode will make any grown man cry. Henry makes the tough decision to execute the only man that has ever had the integrity to be honest with him and stick to his beliefs even during the political mayhem of the time. Without giving too much away, the ending sequence is breathtaking. Bravo to both Jeremy Northam and Jonathan Rhys Myers, both did a great job in this episode.

Episode 7- Anne realizes that she will never truly be Queen of England as long as Katherine is alive.
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There will be spoilers here - a caveat. Please read on.

Meet Henry VIII as he was as a young man: a political rock star -- handsome, robust, wild, spoiled, and hot-tempered. Everything he wanted, he got -- except for that elusive male heir...

The Tudors (SII) is an absolutely gorgeous visual ode to one of the most controversial chapters in Western political history. The series itself is a dazzling celebration of Tudor-era music (a precursor to our own pop music), stunning costumes, lovely, lusty women and handsome manly men, breathtaking castles and Tudor manors. Season II is even more provocative, dangerous, and sexy than the first season. Bravo, Showtime, for producing such a lush, thoughtful, and beautifully produced series that is above all an intelligent meditation on the shifting nature of politics and the dangers of gross imbalances of political power.

I am a literary scholar who specializes in this period and I love the adaptation, despite some of its loose treatment of dates and persons. The series captures the tumultuous *spirit* of Henry's era. The series allows us to peer into this astonishing historical moment, the instant when England broke from the Church of Rome. The future of politics and the state of nations would never be the same. Another plus: Henry's queens are brought to life beautifully by Maria Doyle Kennedy (as the pious and determined Katherine of Aragon) and by the newcomer Natalie Dormer, who excellently plays the controversial Anne Boleyn as a fierce social-climber haunted by her past and troubled by her father's rabid political manipulations. Dormer's Boleyn has a look deep in her eyes that shows us that she knows, in her soul, that she is doomed.
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I have only the highest praise for season 2 of The Tudors. I don't want to give away spoilers by going into the plot. Yes, it is history which we all pretty much know. But it is amazing to see it played out in front of you with 3 dimsional characters that make the facts take a life of their own.

The presentation is glorious. The scenery, costumes and all to do with the time period is breath taking and expertly done. And the acting is of the highest caliber.

I find complaints people have had with this season to be rather minimal. Anyone can take a masterpiece and have something with it that does not please them. For me everything about this show gives it an A +++++. King Henry and Anne Boleyn are the center here but all the other historical pieces are expertly put in.

I am amazed how the show manages to show history so true to fact, true to life and mezmerizing to view. Season 2 is an entity to itself and such ensemble acting is rare to find. View this and you will see only the highest quality television available, refresh your history knowledge and see the best acting out there.

Kudos.
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Unquestionably the most politically influential queen consort in England's history, Anne Boleyn has had her story retold many times in film and video form, but never in the sort of detail the second season of the Showtime miniseries THE TUDORS accords. This story is so great that it's really a treat to see it detailed as closely as it is here; unfortunately, the recipe for the mini-series seems to be "DALLAS at the Palace," so the retelling of historical events is so altered here as to be sometimes unrecognizable. The producers' bizarre decision to star tiny, tight-bodied Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as the famously tall and corpulent Henry VIII makes even less sense than the previous season, particularly given Rhys-Meyers' incredibly limited acting range (he seems to be able to portray only three emotions: lustfulness, sulkiness, and fury). Shouting out a large proportion of his lines, this Henry VIII gnaws the scenery instead of a giant turkey leg, and he seems barely capable of growing a tiny dark peach-fuzz mustache and goatee. Because Rhys-Meyers is so young, the producers and directors decided to put him in as few scenes as possible with his eldest benighted daughter the Princess Mary, which is a terrible mistake since she's about the only person you can possibly feel sorry for in this version of the story.

Natalie Dormer fares much better than her co-star as his doomed wife, Anne Boleyn, and is genuinely beautiful and seductive; however, as with Rhys-Meyers, it's practically impossible to believe her as one of the leading intellectual lights of the English Reformation. But she is genuinely excellent in the season's fine final episode, where the condemned Anne is purified beyond fear and finally accepts her fate with the grace and dignity becoming a queen.
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