If you are anything like me, you are obsessed with Egypt...History...and King Tut. So, when I saw the three (3) night mini series, creatively called "Tut", you know my DVR was all set and ready to RECORD!
Of course, I was over-excited to watch, but waited to have a cram session (my personal way). So there I was this past weekend, locked into a six (6) hour movie seat (on my couch) watching, with anticipation, the cute Avan Jogia, as he played the one, the only, infamous King Tutakhamen.
Let's break down some history, as I have learned throughout my education and let's be real, a lot on my own because I think it is taught on a condensed schedule!
We all know King Tut (Tutankhamen or Tutankhamun) was the youngest Pharaoh to rule Egypt at the tender age of 9, serving for 10 years, or until his early demise at the age of 19, around 1324 B.C.
OK, we also know that he was notable for reversing the religious reforms that his father had established. Tut's success was not truly appreciated though, until his successors felt the aftermath of such shifts of power. The thing is, his legacy was wiped cleaned after his ruling/death and his remembrance was lost..until his tomb was found by Howard Carter in 1922.
Tut's tomb was sealed before this finding, for more than 3,200 years. All his artifacts that went to the after-world with Tut were still intact at this point in modern day. It is because of these artifacts that made King Tut the most Famous Pharaoh in the world.
Taking it back...
King Tut was the grandson of the Great Pharaoh Amenhotep II, and the son of Akhenaten, who was one of the most controversial figures in the history of Egypt's New Kingdom in the 18th dynasty. Akhenaten upheld the centuries-old religious system to favor worship of a single deity, the sun god Aten, and moved Egypt's religious capital from Thebes to Amarna.
Early in Tut's reign, he was able to reverse Akhenaten's reforms, and revive worship of the God Amun.
He worked with his powerful advisers to restore Egypt's stature in the region.
Who was King Tut?
King Tut was tall, but frail. He had a crippling bone disease in his clubbed left foot. He is the only known pharaoh to be seated while involved in physically activities.
King Tut was married to his half sister, Ankhesenamun. The did not have any children, as the two daughters that they had been given were both born stillborn.
An infection in a broken leg, is what was thought to have caused his early death, but DNA tests have found that Malaria might have been the cause as well.
It is also important to note that his tomb's small size might indicate an unexpected death and rush for his burial by Ay, who succeeded him as pharaoh. None the less, his tomb was packed to the ceiling with gold artifacts.
The Pharaoh's who followed Tut chose to ignore his reign, tainting his connection based on his father's religious upheavals. It is thought that within a few generations, Tut's tomb entrance was blocked by stone and forgotten.
Back to the SHOW!
The first night, POWER, we watch a young King Tut, at the age of nine, being forced to make powerful decisions and ultimately being deemed "weak" for not killing a betrayers son in front of his father.
PART ONE: POWER
Tut (Avan jogia) grows up and into his shoes of a powerful leader, under the watchful eyes of both his Grand Vizier Ay (Sir Ben Kingsley) and General Horemheb (Thrones' Nonso Anozie), both who are savoring their own dark agendas to seek power of Egypt. We watch as Tut's friend and confident, Ka (Once upon a Time in a Wonderland's Peter Gadiot)lust for Tut's sister wife, Ankhe (Tyrant's Sibylla Ankhe).
Tut is out of touch with reality. He has no idea what is happening outside of the palace walls, and only begins to understand the greater meaning of power after his friend Ka brings such to the surface.
Tut goes out into the kingdom and finds himself in front of a village girl, Suhad, (Twisted co-star, Kylie Bunbury) where she introduces him to beer for the first time, much different from the wine he is used to experiencing as royalty. But, Tut, unbeknowst to the army who patrols outside the palace, finds himself the subject of trouble.
We go through installment two, BETRAYAL, where we watch the General betray the King, leaving him for dead after battle. Then, we watch Ankhe betray the King, after thinking him dead, with Ka.
PART TWO: BETRAYAL
This is where the romance really begins between Suhad and Tut, as she heals him after being left for dead. He learns that she is half Mitanni. (whom are trying to take over Thebes)
We continue to flow into the third and final installment, DESTINY, where we see Tut return to Thebes, only to walk in on his friend, Ka, being crowned King in a ceremony where he is marrying Tut's wife. This is the ultimate betrayal and we watch Tut kill his betrayer. It is now known that Ka also accompanied the General is finding a hurt, but alive Tut after battle and leaving him for dead.
PART THREE: DESTINY
The General is also imprisoned. He is used as an accessory for battle, but the betrayal is thick and is known.
Ankhe is pregnant with Ka's child, but must deceive King Tut into thinking that it is his, as to not seal her doomed fate.
There are so many moving pieces at this point of the series. There is a religious over-throwing that is happening, a battle with the Mitanni, who are trying to invade and take over Thebes and a budding romance with Suhad and King Tut, who finds herself at the hands of Ankhe, and in ultimate danger.
Destiny is what is found after the battle ensures, Tut finding trust within Lagus, who caused him to fight for reality in the first installment.
We all know the ultimate ending, but this trilogy did an impressive job creating a story, documented history and tying all the pieces together for an outstanding performance.
This was done right.
Spike TV went all out, and we all got our money's worth in the viewing, from the sets, locations, and costumes, which were tasteful, amazing and engaging.