The Tudors: The Final Season
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The Tudors presents the rarely dramatized, tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII’s nearly 40 year, omnipotent reign (1509-1547). In addition to his famous female consorts and 20+ year marriage to Catherine of Aragon to the infamous dalliance with Anne Boleyn, the series delves in to Henry’s most notable political relationship and the deconstruction of the Roman Catholic Church in England.
Henry VIII is not in a very good humor in the final season of The Tudors, despite the fact that much of England and Western Europe has been bent to his will. But that means only that this season of The Tudors is just as captivating and engrossing as the three preceding it. By this time, King Henry (the always excellent Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is restive, facing ongoing rebellion in the north of England, and fissures in his own family and among his own children. Well, that's what you get when you have multiple children from different wives, and new declarations of who's the rightful heir and who's banished to the Tower. Season four focuses on Henry's declining health--and while Rhys Meyers has been padded a bit in a nod to reality, he still looks handsome and fetching, nothing like the squat, obese martinet depicted in official royal portraits. This season of The Tudors also focuses on King Henry's final two wives, and the actors who play them are among the best thing in the entire season. Young vixen Catherine Howard (Tamzin Merchant) probably never stood a chance, and was outwitted in court and played like a pawn by the king's advisers. Ultimately, Howard pays the ultimate price for having had the indecency to have had a bit of a past well before she wed the king. Enter wife No. 6, Catherine Parr (the truly regal Joely Richardson), who is perhaps finally the king's match intellectually and politically. Twice widowed when she captured the eye of the king at age 31, Parr was originally asked to marry by Thomas Seymour (Andrew McNair), the brother of the king's earlier wife Jane Seymour. But when King Henry proposed, Parr agrees--and, because of her earnest intellectual curiosity and embracing of the new Church of England, sets in motion the final dramas of Henry's life. The conniving and plotting are never over for The Tudors, though King Henry, after a pretty good run, finally meets his end. The Tudors is so satisfying, however, that one wishes it would continue and follow the lives of Henry's daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. There could be many more entrancing years of history writ large. The Tudors: The Final Season includes several episodes from other Showtime series, including United States of Tara, Dexter, and Episodes, but alas, no extras related specifically to The Tudors. --A.T. Hurley
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The show does not show Henry as an insane, kill first king. We see Henry as being surrounded by factions set upon pushing their agendas in the most covert ways possible. Henry is mislead and misinformed at very turn. He is pushed by his religion and his advisors to further causes that seem in the best interest of his kingdom, but always comes back to bite him.
I loved the acting! Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Natalie Dormer, and Henry Cavill were stand out roles. JRM did amazing with the progression of age and illness that plagued Henry. Cavill was great at being the best friend turned nobleman. He sometimes seemed lost in the intrigue but always finds his footing. Natalie Dormer was so believable as a girl who knew how to play the seduction game as good as any man. She was used as a pawn whether she wanted to or not.
I could not give the show 5 stars simply because it ended. The show was named The Tudors, not Henry VIII. Showtime could have followed the dynasty through Edward, Mary, and into Elizabeth's reign. I felt like the show just stopped, no real ending. The finale was soft and open ended.
We visited London shortly after watching the entire season and it made visiting the Tower of London so much more enjoyable and meaningful. Standing precisely where so much history occurred and where poor Anne Boleyn met her fate was much more intense for me.
Do yourself a favor and enjoy this series. It is time and money well spent!
I've personally watched this series so many times my husband groans when I turn it on.
The first and second seasons spent an enormous amount of time on Anne Boleyn very little on Katherine of Aragon when he spent a considerable amount of his life with her, not as the tyrant he was known for but as a loving and doting husband, season 3
Fast-forwarding through the video engages the coding in the synch bars from time to time, so that every now and then a caption is displayed. The original production crew did install those captions at some considerable time and expense, which is now vitiated because the disk manufacturer did not include a simple software switch to turn it on.