As I was telling my friend Lu, the tragedy of ‘Henry V’, and Henry V, is that for all the hand-of-God achievements he made as a warrior and a king, it was all gone to hell by the time Henry VI got done with England and what was left of France. And because I can’t help myself when it comes to pointing out the parallels in certain aspects of our culture, it brings to mind the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘Ozymandias,’ that recently came into the spotlight when the producers of ‘Breaking Bad’ used it in a trailer. The final lines read–
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
In other words, once you’re dead, it’s unlikely that there will be anyone around to defend your legacy indefinitely, so get over yourself.
But there’s no reason why we can’t enjoy the Shakepeare/Hiddleston legacy for the rest of the year. When ‘The Hollow Crown’ aired in Britain last summer, a kind Tumblrite made these wonderful wallpapers. If you like to plan ahead, they make a great slideshow for your desktop.
The last [and my favorite] episode of ‘The Hollow Crown’ airs tonight on PBS: Henry V.
I’ll be weeping by the end….again.
The journey from Prince to King continues tonight on ‘The Hollow Crown.’ Everyone already knows this, but the three plays were filmed in reverse order. That means that this luscious red lather jacket had to be de-aged throughout the filming.
More from Namecchan on deviantart–and this week on ‘The Hollow Crown’, Hal becomes the King of England!
And as I write this, ‘Henry IV, Part 1’ is on my TV. Above, Prince Hal, the Hollow Crown, by Namecchan on Deviantart.
It starts tonight!! ‘The Hollow Crown’ 4-part series from BBC starts tonight on PBS. The first episode is ‘Richard II,’ for which Ben Whishaw won a BAFTA. One more week, then, until Hiddles becomes Prince Hal.
This autumn’s entertainment is shaping up nicely. Tom Hiddleston. The Hollow Crown on PBS. And Thor 2.
I’m going to see this in the cinema here in San Diego on October 17th!
[Lovely photo editing here, especially the bottom one as that jacket started off red!–Not mine, I don’t know how to do that stuff!]
I’m looking forward to seeing Tom Hiddleston in ‘Coriolanus’ via some sort of digital presentation at UCLA next February. My daughter is living up there now, and it will be a joy to see it with her. But a wider set of bookings has recently been released, and now the a performance will be shown in one of my local theatres a few days later!
I’m so excited that he will be in ‘Coriolanus’ at Donmar this year–and I think I heard that one performance will be broadcast live to theatres in the US, too.