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Tut - S01 E02

Drama . History . Biography

Tut deals with a deadly illness spreading through the kingdom and an unexpected betrayal from his inner circle while the Mitanni continue their plot to conquer Egypt.

Episode Title: Part Two: Betrayal
Airs: 2015-07-20 at 10:00 pm
  • Deborah Day

    It’s a wonder Spike didn’t position Tut as an angst-filled teen drama. Kingsley steps in to ensure that doesn’t happen despite the production’s occasional seemingly period-inappropriate detail--jarring neon hair extensions and the like.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The plotting and counter-plotting in Tut are meshed with some fairly ambitious battle scenes and pulsating full-gallop chariot rides. Not everything is telegraphed, with Grand Vizier Ay in particular a fairly nuanced man of deception and feints.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    A largely enjoyable, if uneven three-night epic about one of the best-known rulers from Ancient Egypt: Tutankhamun.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ray Rahman

    It's all a little bland; even the battle scenes are uninspired. [10/17 Jul 2015, p.103]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It's fertile (crescent) ground for any writer, and, indeed, Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg pull out all the stops. So many, in fact, that you wish they'd shove a few back in.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    Instead of taking any creative risks, Tut trundles along down the familiar "Game of Thrones"-wannabe path. The emphasis is on battles for power, conspiracies, warring tribes, with some cable-style sex scenes thrown into the mix.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    For a while, palace intrigue, Egyptian architecture and a few rousing battles are enough to keep Tut moving. But the farther it moves, the more it gets entangled in that demeaning queen-vs.-queen subplot, to the point where Tut vanishes from his own movie as thoroughly as he's vanished from history.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    You might wonder about some of the script’s lapses in logic here and there, but most likely you’ll just shrug at them because Tut is primarily meant as an old-fashioned, blood, sand and sex epic with cool battle scenes, grunt-filled lovemaking, serviceable dialogue, CGI and papier mache sets and minimal heavy lifting on the part of Oscar winner Kingsley. He proves that he can glare with the best of them.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The soap keeps generating suds, while Kingsley plays it solemn and serious. Clearly, the producers started with the premise they could make this Tut anything they wanted. They just don’t seem to have ever decided exactly what that was.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Like a lot of period dramas, it settles for being slightly silly and mostly dull.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    A flaccid script leaves both men without much to work with, however, and the rings of black kohl around their eyes make them look like silent-movie stars in a “Saturday Night Live” skit.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Tut has a florid quality that can be intermittently fun, in a campy sort of way. That said, the script doesn’t withstand much scrutiny.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Three nights' worth of Tut became a slog, some of it through copious amounts of spurting blood.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The series is so devoid of any real riches, it should be hosted by Geraldo.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Predictable/preposterous plot elements co-mingle with some terrible dialogue, silly situations (characters enter a room full of dead bodies on hooks but don’t cover their noses in disgust until they see the bodies; wouldn’t the smell be enough for them?) and occasionally poor acting.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review