42 thoughts on “SNARK WEEK: Blood, Sex, Royalty, & SO MANY QUESTIONS

  1. Okay, I’d actually really like that yellow dress if it was in a Netflix Christmas Prince movie or a Princess Diaries movie (and was properly fitted in the back) and also if they straight up burned the matching yellow felt alien spaceship attacking her head.

    The puppy DIES?? Aren’t there rules about that?

    1. To be fair, Anne Boleyn did have a spaniel (presumably a French spaniel, as he was given to her by the wife of the governor of Calais and was called Purkoy, otherwise “Pourquoi?”) who really did die – he fell out of a window.

      1. The adorable dog playing Purkoy (or some other spaniel-type dog) is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; a breed not created until the seventeenth century (popularized by and named for its patrons King Charles I and II). Actually, the original Cavalier breed died out and was recreated in the nineteenth or 20th century; but you would not have seen a dog like this in England in Anne Boleyn’s arms or indeed anywhere. (a Papillon might have been a more historically accurate choice to play Purkoy)

        1. I was going to say: the Cav looks out of period. Wolf Hall, which is pretty good, does not use a Cav. (Cute note from the books: Cromwell always has a dog, always named Bella, after the one he had to leave behind him when he ran away from home. Pretty sure they’re of no particular breed).

        2. Thank you. I took one look at that picture and thought, “King Charles Spaniel. The clue’s in the name”, but don’t know enough about the breed to know its history.
          I mean, it’s a loooong way off being the worst thing in this hellhole of a show, but still.

  2. Thanks so much ladies, for watching this crap so we don’t have to. I think I would have broken the T.V. Long live the snark! :)

    1. Yep. That was my experience to. Sending Trystan and Kendra a BIG HUG for sitting through this series for our enjoyment!

  3. Great kick off to Snark Week 2023. Those are some very bright colors for the early 1500s. Ouch.

  4. It just seems to me that they put huge amounts of EFFORT into getting everything spectacularly wrong. Surely it would have been easier and cheaper (and couldn’t have fitted any worse) just to hire a load of halfway decent stuff made for better productions?

  5. I think the sheer IDGAF of the costumes can be summed up by the fact that Anne’s ‘B’ necklace was clearly originally longer (likely another AliExpress special given how plastic shiny those pearls are) but the costume designers (or someone else) decided they wanted it to be more choker-style (as the original appeared in portraits of Anne); except instead of cutting down the length and reaffixing the clasp, they just awkwardly wrapped the longer ends around the back (very visible in the 3rd blue dress, contrast lacing screenshot) and prayed for the best.

    1. Yes! I noticed that as well! It looks like one of those super cheap settings that are on stiff wire. One size fits all, no need to bother with a clasp!

  6. How can something made by Netflix look so cheap? Coincidentally, I just rewatched Lucy Worseley’s Secrets of the Six Wives yesterday, and it probably had a much smaller budget, but I like it so much more.

  7. Everything about this series was straight-up garbage, but I watched it anyway. It actually made me laugh.

  8. You were obviously so mesmerized by the costumes that you forgot to mention the state-of-the-art make up!

  9. Thanks for giving me the time I might have spent watching this so I can do something constructive, like washing my hair.

  10. Congratulations to The Tudors, nobody can ever really say anything about Anne’s weird Royal Ascot fascinator for the “golden age” scene after Katherine’s death, not so long as this Big-Bird-hued, pokey-bodiced, stolen-from-a-high-school-production-of-Beauty-and-the-Beast yellow-tulle nightmare exists. I refuse to believe professional designers were involved in this. They did some kind of intern program for people rejected by Project Runway, right?

  11. What, in the name of all that is holy? I seem to have skilfully managed to avoid this costuming nightmare. It CAN be done correctly in a docu-drama – just look at Lucy Worsley’s Six Wives. Each costume seems worse than the one previous and for some unexplained reason they seem to have dressed the lead players in the shittiest of the lot. What is going on with that tulle skirted, yellow dress on Anne? It looks like she is about to pirouette into a movement from the Nutcracker suite! It is awful and I can’t even begin to fathom how they researched the costumes in this mess. Some of the extras in the background seem to have semi acceptable gowns – so why is Anne dressed like a badly (and very cheaply) styled Disney Princess… with the exception of her coronation gown, which looks like it was rejected from the Wicked Queen’s wardrobe whilst filming The Brother’s Grimm. Those bizarre split topped bodices defy any explanation and what is going on with all those nasty, non-historical, non-Tudor sleeves? A complete travesty! Oh, how I love Snark Week! rubs hands together in glee

  12. I don’t plan to watch it, but do we really need a “fresh new take” on Anne Boleyn? There are so many books and movies about her already. I think there’s a Parr Movie coming out, isn’t there? Do one on Cleves or Howard.

  13. It’s the MOOOOST wonderful time oooof the year
    With the snark freely flowing
    And everyone showing craaaft show cheeer
    It’s the MOOOST wonderful time of the yeeeeaaar

  14. My 13yo son just walked in as I was scrolling through this and he said: “What are you looking at? Did someone have a dress-up party?”

  15. Holy moly. I hadn’t heard of this… and thank you for saving me the trouble. There is so much wrong. Didn’t you all cover a Netflix docu-drama about the Romanovs that was also bizarre? If I were a historian and Netflix asked me to participate in something like this I think I’d run for the hills.

  16. I think I am getting negged here, because I am hearing myself in my head thinking things like, “Yes, but at least the craft felt on that french hood isn’t GLITTER FELT” and “At least the wide back lacing isn’t a back zip” and, “At least they had their hair up.”
    Honestly when I can only think of ways it could have been worse, it is BAAAAD.

  17. Prejudiced, maybe, but as soon as I saw the teaser image (not even the trailer) and read the description on Netflix I was certain this was going to be utter garbage, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to check it out so far. Thanks for this super entertaining review!

  18. Is that French hood with the yellow tulle dress just yellow felt with raw edges? And I had a hair barrette like the one in her hair under the Joann’s craft aisle hood – bought at Walmart in the early 90s.

  19. I got through the first episode, but then had to stop because of all the pain of watching this series. On top of all the costume disasters…in fairness to Anne’s actress, I feel like she was trying, but she had zero chemistry with Henry, he was giving her NOTHING to work with.

    1. Actually I agree — I though the lead actress gave a good performance! It’s too bad it was surrounded by all this WTFrock.

  20. I’m not going to lie, having decided to give this programme a try (pretty ladies wearing historic fashions is a Serious Weakness of mine) I lasted all of … look, I wasn’t counting the seconds, but basically that first “Anne is not like the other girlies, she READS” bit was a red flag, so I ran screaming and have never gone back.

    I have no regrets, not least since this review gives me the strong impression that WOLF HALL is sexier than this series (mostly through the power of Charity Wakefield, especially when putting the moves on Master Cromwell in that one scene).

    1. Serious study of religion was common among aristocratic women of the time. Anne would have been going with the fashion.

      1. Yes, indeed, and Catherine Parr was another such learned woman. In fact she once provoked Henry’s violent displeasure by expressing advanced Protestant views, and only managed to weasel out of potentially lethal danger by saying she had only done so to distract his mind from troubles and gain the benefit of his great learning and masculine wisdom by listening to his refutation of said views.

      2. Being aware of that, the show’s efforts to persuade me otherwise were what sent up the Red Flag. (-:

  21. I noped out pretty quickly as well. The “hair croissant” made me laugh so hard I scared the cat on my lap. I love you ladies!

  22. It’s a good thing Emma Watson did not see that yellow dress when she was making beauty and the beast. You thought that dress she wore was horrific, This 1 would’ve been so much worse !

  23. I will say that it’s a bit of a breath of fresh air to have a portrayal that actually shows the Boleyn parents as CARING about their children. Most recent ones play up the whole “Pimp Daddy Boleyn” characterization…at best, Thomas Boleyn cares nothing for his daughters except as means to advance his own fortunes and at worst, he actively pimps them out to their royal lovers. And many of these portray the Boleyn family as so loveless you wonder why Anne, on her arrest, would lament that her mother would die of sorrow on hearing about it. (Elizabeth DID die only a short time afterwards, and Thomas followed within a year, so maybe Anne was right.)

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