lareinenoire: (Crystal Ball)
My review of Episode 1x01 from quite some time ago.

So I've now watched up through Episode 1x06 and I'm ambivalent. I'm not annoyed enough with the writers to stop watching, but they made a very crucial mistake in the second episode and have been paying for it ever since. Or at least the mistakes started in the second episode and built upon themselves. And, in spite of said annoyances, there are several extremely good and compelling performances that are keeping my attention.

This will be very long. I have a great deal to say. )

Anyway, I'm still watching the series, so it's obviously not turned me off completely. And it its terribly pretty even if the costumes occasionally make me wonder if they're even trying to be authentic (Katharine is the only one who hasn't had any major faux pas, and even she wore a dress at one point that seemed about twenty years too early). But Anne! Sigh. I've been fascinated by her since I was a little girl and they've done absolutely *nothing* with her. Ah well. That's television, I suppose.
lareinenoire: (Bitch)
(Not an actual post; something I wrote up last week and only now found the Internet with which to post it. As for the icon, it just felt right.)

I actually wrote this review last Tuesday, after watching the episode for the first time. I did have to go back and rewatch a few scenes to double-check certain things, and I plan to watch the entire episode again before I go into the second one, but that won't be for some time yet.

Overall, I would have to appropriate [ profile] atropos333's term and call myself cautiously optimistic. Only one thing in this first episode *truly* annoyed me, but there were a few other niggling issues, some of which I am willing to acknowledge might be due to the fact that I've not read up on Henry VIII recently, having been more occupied with his father and various others--other than Carolly Erickson's biography of Anne Boleyn that I found by accident at Half-Price Books last week and have just started--and therefore don't remember the chronology as well as I might like.

Full review below. Spoilers for 1x01. )

In all, as I said, I'm cautiously optimistic. The first episode definitely established Henry's character, which I can only imagine was intentional since he's the focal point of the series and everybody else orbits around him, as it were. All the major players seem to have been at least introduced, and I'm certainly looking forward to the next episode.


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