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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

TV Show Review: Tudors Season 3


The Tudors
Showtime
Season 3
2009
Rated: Mature Audiences

The third season of The Tudors moves through wives 3 and 4 (Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves) of Henry VIII. The other primary focus of the season is the uprising against the reformation and the eventual downfall of Thomas Cromwell.

I thought that Annabelle Wallis was a very fitting Jane. She was the one that Henry would always call his “true wife”. She had the perfect mix of caution and a little risk. For those of you who haven’t yet seen Season 3, you might not know that Jane is portrayed by a different actress than she was in Season 2 (Anita Briem in S2), which I found unfortunate. It was a little shocking as I watched seasons 2 and 3 back to back – I hate when they change up who is a character. It is fine when they have to age the character but otherwise not ok in my book.

I was surprised by how much I liked Joss Stone as Anne of Cleves – I was a little hesitant when I heard she had been cast because she is a singer without much acting experience. She portrayed Anne very well as the newcomer to England. I was also a little disappointed that only one episode was used to chronicle his marriage to Anne of Cleves. I understand that it was a very short marriage, but they could have done more with it.

We also get a little taste of Katherine Howard in the last episode of the season. She seems exactly like I would have pictured. It was also refreshing to see more and more of Princess Mary – I very much like Sarah Bolger who portrays her. She has a fire and determination that was so like her mother.

This season was also two episodes less than the preceding 2 (and the subsequent season). With only 8 episodes more was compressed into fewer episodes. This season left me less excited about the season than the previous 2 seasons. For me, these were the least two exciting wives. Overall so far, this has been my least favorite of the 3 seasons I have seen. It was still pretty good, just not as phenomenal as Seasons 1 and 2.

Here is a trailer of this season (FYI: some nudity in the trailer)






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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review! I've watched seasons one and almost all of two--have been "saving" episodes for some reason :) Will have to get back on it--such a fun series :)

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  2. yes, thanks too for the review. i got through season one but haven't had a chance to continue. love the costumes and set!

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  3. I really liked Annabelle Wallis as Jane as well (and more than Briem from season 2 who I thought was too pretty and didn't have the right "look"). I also thought Joss Stone did a fine job as Anne of Cleves. It wasn't my favorite season either, but still fun to watch!

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  4. Rowenna - I have been saving episodes too. I have the last 2 episodes of Season 4 left and I have been holding on to them for months!

    VVb32reads - The costumes and set are gorgeous.

    Daphne - I do think that Annabelle Wallis was great as Jane. I was surprised by how well I liked Joss Stone. I am liking season 4 much better.

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