I don’t usually leave the book world and talk about TV, but I decided that, in this case, it was germane to this blog because I read a good deal of Tudor historical fiction – one of my favorite things to read, actually. Those of you who don’t care to read about things other than books, please feel free to ignore this post.
Never once in my life have I ever had HBO on a TV in my house, other than those random weekends where the cable companies let everyone have HBO in order to attempt to have us all pay more to get it all the time. Because of this, I know I have missed many great HBO shows. The ones that interest me I usually can eventually watch on someone’s DVD, or when the move to general cable, or I can get the DVDs from the library.
Because of my love for Tudor historical fiction, I have been dying to watch The Tudors since I first heard about it. I even considered trying to convince my husband that we needed HBO. When I started using my library recently, one of the first things I did was place a hold on Seasons 1 and 2 of The Tudors. Evidently they’re popular shows, because I just picked up Season 1 last night. Since I was pretty tired, I decided to get in bed and watch the first few episodes.
So far, I must say, I’m really rather disappointed. The first episode seemed to consist of a lot of characters telling other characters things that they should already know. Yes, I realize this is done largely to set things up for viewers who don’t have any background at all in Tudor history, but I just found it obnoxious. There is also a lot of sex, which I don’t particularly care for, but at least I was prepared for it, being as that it is Henry VIII AND he’s on HBO, so it didn’t bother me as much as it might have.
I didn’t notice the obvious dialogue as much in the 2nd episode, but that episode seemed to me to drag on FOREVER. I have no idea why, it just seemed to keep going and going and I wasn’t all that interested. I really can’t put my finger on it. I know a lot of people love this show, so I’m going to give it 2-3 more episodes tonight and this weekend, but Im just not sure. I may be cancelling my hold of Season 2.
What am I missing? Any words of encouragement from those who love the show?