Currently, "The Tudors" star Jonathan Rhys Meyers has declared his intention to submit episode 105 to Emmy judges in the race for best drama-series actor, if he makes the top 10 cut-off after a popular vote of TV academy actors, which I think he'll do.
It's a dynamic episode in which young King Henry VIII harrumphs, bellows and stomps his feet quite theatrically while demanding his minions help him to get a divorce from Queen Catherine so he can wed Anne Boleyn.
It's darn sexy, too, while he gets frisky with his new galpal, who, alas — sorry, Henry — refuses to give up her maidenhood (smart gal) till they're officially wed. (No wonder her role in the royal court was defined as Lady in Waiting.)
The problem with this episode is that Henry's not very nice, not very likeable, which is often important. However, his earlier brattish behavior is redeemed by the final scene, which shows lovestruck Henry sitting, looking all sad, wordlessly gazing at his empty crown in front of him on a table. Ahhhh, the poor chap. It's hard not to feel a bit sorry for him in the end, him having a pretty crown like that, but it's useless, doesn't govern over affairs of the heart. Finally, Henry's very empathetic in that memorable, final, fade-out scene. But is it enough to redeem his earlier pomposity?
Episode 108 — currently showing this week on Showtime — reveals Henry much more likeable while he continues his scheming to dump Catherine and wed Anne. Now he's really desperate. He gets a few showy scenes where he threatens his cardinal and the pope's emissaries, but his rage isn't offensive. The big money scene comes at the end when he stands up in court and touchingly makes his case why his marriage to Catherine should be annulled. It's a fine scene, very dramatic and regal, but, unfortunately, a bit brief. I kept wanting more. But nonetheless it's effective grandstanding. And he's portrayed much more nobly and sympathetically.
I didn't count up minutes, but I think JRM has more face time in eppy 105. True?
Which episode do you think is best? Should JRM switch to 108 or stick with 105? Remember, what judges usually look for: the episode should include a full range of emotions (tears to cheers), have at least one big money scene and the character should be empathetic, not necessarily sympathetic. There's a key difference.
Already there's a hubbub erupting in our forums over this issue. "BuffyMars" says, "If he's gonna change, might I suggest 107, the one with the sweating sickness? He's outstanding in that episode."
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