Tuesday, 15 August 2017
The Tudors, Season 4 (2010)
The final season of The Tudors tracks the downfall of Henry VIII's fifth wife, and the course of his sixth marriage. In addition to Henry's marital roller-coaster, the show touches on the siege of Boulogne, the ambitions of the Earl of Surrey, and the ongoing strife between the 'High' and reformist elements of the Church of England.
As with season three, this season suffers from packing rather a lot into its run time. This is particularly notable here given the show's inconsistent depiction of time. Henry himself suddenly ages noticeably in the last two episodes, for instance, and there is dialogue about the length of his last marriage (which in reality was only four years), but almost no other character looks appreciably different from the start of the season. Well, except the dead ones, obviously. And there are rather a lot of those. Henry VIII was not good at moderation.
I definitely think this show's best days were over once the second season concluded, but it remains solidly acted, opulently decadent melodrama, if that sort of sex and murder shenanigans are your thing (and given the success of Game of Thrones, it seems like it is a lot of people's thing). Just don't watch The Tudors thinking you're getting a documentary: it puts accuracy a very distant second to drama.