Well, our journey has begun. Or, Johnathan Rhys-Myers told us something like that in some fairly pretentious intro/extros last night for the much-anticipated mini from Showtime, "The Tudors."
My reaction? A decided, "it's no BBC."
That said -- and not without pretense on my part, dont'cha think -- I'll muse, then you tell me your thoughts:
1. "The Tudors" reeks of loveliness, from the cast to the costuming to the authenticity of everything but the cleanliness of the courtiers.
2. His Grace, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, sometimes Viscount Lisle (Henry Cavill, above left), getting to his business is a sight to behold.
3. The thrill and anticipation of wondering whether JR-M is capable of hoisting his lance -- and I don't mean that figuratively, I'll get to his virility in a moment -- preparing for the lists makes the waiting for the Anna Nicole Smith post-mortem seem negligible.
4. If you read historical romance, you can turn to your husband and explain pretty much everything in question about the peerage, life at court, why Henry's not-so-tightie whities look the way they do, and why Cardinal Wolsey -- a man of the cloth (with a mistress and bastard gets I might add) -- gets to call the shots in any war mongering.
5. Doing a little mongering of his own, Henry shares the royal person with just about any pretty thing in a chemise, and all his faire queene's ladies in waiting.
6. Johnathan Rhys-Meyers almost makes me forget I find him androgynous. At least in his love scenes with said ladies in chemises. To be fair, there's nary a chemise to be found. Ah, if only we were treated to full "nudal frontity," as Archie Bunker called it, in the case of Charles, Lord Lisle.
7. I'm mildly curious what role the filthy musician lad with an important letter of introduction will play in the whole thing, although "The Advocate" does report some interesting ditties.
8. My costume drama boyfriend, Jeremy Northam, doesn't disappoint as the pious-yet-dreamy Saint-to-be Thomas More. Even with martyr lashes and a Cosby family, he's totally masterful with His Magesty.
9. There's plenty of brooding and really gorgeous men-at-arms.
10. The history, intrigue -- heck, even the British enunciations -- are made easy-to-tele-use for Americans.
So, d'ya watch "The Tudors?" Or did you tune in to Lifetime Television's romance novel-to-screen series "Blood Ties?"