The Tudors

Season 2 Episode 6

The Definition of Love

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 04, 2008 on Showtime
8.9
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Despite the Pope excommunicating Henry, the Reformation continues. Sir Thomas Cromwell is tasked to make the king and the Reformation more popular and he uses plays to achieve this goal. Henry has nightmares featuring Thomas More and Anne Boleyn becomes increasingly insecure as Henry continues to have affairs.moreless

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  • Crap just got real.

    8.5
    The Tudors might be the slowest show I've ever watched. Enduring the pace probably isn't worth the reward, but when you get there, it's getting good. So far I've hated how naive and foolish King Henry has been with how easily manipulative he's been for Anne's poon. Though after the execution of Sir Thomas More, it's swayed him to turn against his own wife, the very Queen of England.

    And slowly but surely he's starting to see his reform fall apart. He's went to great lengths to justify his regime, such as creating propaganda driven plays and utilizing the press, though it didn't seem he ever really believed in it.

    The nail in the coffin was when the Admiral of France refused to marry Anne's daughter to the King of France's son, that Henry started questioning himself.

    If this episode has taught me anything it's that emotions can uproot any person's actions. It was the desire to continue his line that King Henry wanted to divorce Queen Catherine, it was love that compelled him to chase after Anne Boleyn, and now it's loss that has torn him apart, making him rethink everything he had done up to that point.

    If Henry had no emotional attachment to More would all of this had happened? So far he had done as Wosley predicted; used every inch of his power to get his way. And now that he's seen the consequences of his actions he's been able to view the people around him with more objectivity. The trigger man to all of that was Thomas More's execution.

    The story has seen a mid shift where the King and Queen are now pitted as enemies, and that exchange of cold glances did a great job of kicking that to gear.

    The Tudors may be a slow show, but that also means the reward will be gradual and more long lastingly satisfying.moreless
  • The Definition of Love

    10
    The Definition of Love was a perfect episode of The Tudors. I enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character and plot development. It was touching to see King Henry having remorse about the fate of Sir Thomas More. Queen Anne's paranoia and fear increases, and with good reason, as the King seems to be displeased with her. I thought Sir Thomas Cromwell's play was fun, and it was interesting to see how much people liked it, and how those loyal to Rome reacted. With France denying the legitimacy of Elizabeth, Henry begins to question every thing regarding Anne. I look forward to watching the next episode of The Tudors!!!!!!!moreless
  • The King is moving on.

    7.9
    This episode was not nearly as engaging as the previous week's. In a nutshell, King Henry is fooling around, looking for a viable mate with which to have a boy child. Anne Boelyn is well aware of this and is in a bind. Like a previous reviwer mentioned, the plot line this week was scattered. One moment on King Henry, the next on Oliver Cromwell, the next on Anne Boelyn, the next on the Pope. Yikes, give me a scorecard.



    One pattern we see is how people marry for the wrong reasons. We see political marriages to keep the peace between potentially warring nations. We also see those marrying just to get into the right family. Marrying up, let's say. ANd we're shown how none of them are happy.



    This show is so much better than the HBO show "Rome". This was just a less than perfect week.moreless
  • Jonathan Rhys-Meyers continues to show the audience how physically attractive yet cruel he is as King Henry VIII. Lutheran Thomas Cromwell investigates of the Roman Catholic Church.

    7.0
    This episode was average yet entertaining. My DVR stated the plot as some servant of Henry investigating the Roman Catholic Church. It really didn't have anything to do with that, so points off for misleading. The last season showed the English king trying desperately to win over Anne Boleyn but come this season, he's already having flings with various mistresses. Anne suspects this and questions him and in typical yelling-Jonathan fashion, King Henry warns his wife the queen that he brought her up to this position and can easily bring her back down. Anne thinks this cruelty derives from the fact that she gave birth to a daughter (future Queen Elizabeth I) when her husband wanted a son. She's not far off the mark.



    The problem with this episode is that the plot is so scattered. Viewers, especially new ones, have a hard time keeping track of characters and their stories and especially the overall plot. While the harshness of the Catholic Church is touched upon, it is hardly the sole plot like my DVR seems to claim.



    Plus, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers' constant yelling (overacting I'd say) gets a bit irritating at times. But Natalie Dormer's portrayal of Anne Boleyn is pretty good without being campy.



    Overall, an exciting yet somewhat uneventful episode.moreless
Stephen Hogan

Stephen Hogan

Sir Henry Norris

Guest Star

Laura Jane Laughlin

Laura Jane Laughlin

Margaret "Madge" Sheldon

Guest Star

Jonathan Ryan

Jonathan Ryan

French Ambassador

Guest Star

Padraic Delaney

Padraic Delaney

George Boleyn

Recurring Role

John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh

Cardinal Campeggio

Recurring Role

Rebekah Wainwright

Rebekah Wainwright

Catherine Brandon

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Queen Anne: You told me, you always told me that we should be truthful with each other. You said it was the definition of love.
      King Henry: Then here's the truth. You must shut your eyes and endure, like your betters have done before you.
      Queen Anne: How can you say that to me? Don't you know I love you a thousand times more than Katherine ever did.
      King Henry: And don't you know that I could drag you down as quickly as I raised you. Tis lucky you have your bed already, Madam, because if you did not, I would not give it to you again.

    • King Henry: Chapuys, I promise you that I am going to make such a Reformation in this kingdom that I shall be remembered eternally, throughout all Christendom.
      Ambassador Chapuys: I have no doubt whatsoever that Your Majesty's reign will always be remembered.

    • George Boleyn: What in God's name is that?
      Thomas Cromwell: It's called a printing press, my lord, and it will change the world.

    • Jane: You do love me, don't you George?
      George Boleyn: Of course I love you, I married you, didn't I?

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