The Crown (Netflix Series – Season 2 Review)

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5 Crowns of Excellence

Well, I watched every minute of the ten episodes in two days, devouring Season 2 of The Crown.  Once again, the series has outdone itself in a myriad of ways, giving us a glimpse into historic events.

If anything profoundly (and I say that word with an English accent) touched me this season was the overwhelming empathy I felt for Elizabeth. Though the second season touches heavily upon the relationship between Philip and Elizabeth, it also brings to the surface the profound loneliness of the monarchy and the demands inherent in that position.

Claire Foy is nothing less than brilliant.  Season 2 creatively focuses on the following timelines:

  • Philip’s long world tour and the Suez Canal crisis.
  • Marriage tension between Philip and Elizabeth, with a few flashbacks of Philip’s life.
  • Scandal prevention for the crown, which is ongoing effort it appears.
  • Tenth wedding anniversary of Elizabeth and Philip with Margaret’s woes of being unmarried.
  • The monarchy comes under public attack and some changes are made.
  • The Duke of Windsor is bored and wants to re-enter public life but the buried secret of his collusion with the Nazis is revealed.
  • Margaret gets sad news but a new lover with a less than stellar reputation that ends in a proposal and marriage.
  • The Kennedy’s visit and the Queen takes a trip to Ghana.
  • Prince Charles is sent off to school and the episode reminisces heavily about Philip’s experience as a lad.
  • More hints of scandal and a strained relationship between Elizabeth and Philip.

Even though there is quite a bit of insinuation of Philip’s infidelity, there is really no evidence, apparently, but you can read about the speculation in this article on Forbes.

This is the last we will see of Claire Foy as the queen and Matt Smith as Philip, as they are being replaced by older actors as the story jumps several years into the future.  They will both be missed.

Now, I just have to sit back and find myself something else to watch until Season 3 rolls around or take a trip to England in the meantime.

 

 

 

Knightfall (The History Channel)

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I wanted to be impressed – really, I did.  Unfortunately, the first episode didn’t float my remote, if you get my drift.

The sword-wielding Templars are an eclectic group of buff and sometimes scruffy monks who have lost their way after a defeat that happened fifteen years prior.  Their armor is sweet.  Their outfits bear the infamous signature of the red cross on white.  The show, however, got off to a somewhat bloody and gruesome beginning with the loss of the Holy Grail.

My biggest disappointment was the not-so-likable role of Julian Ovenden!  He is not a nice character at all, and I’m going to have to come to terms with that throughout the series since I like him so much.  Second, sound quality.  I’m either going deaf or it’s not the best.  Gore – there is plenty for the bloodthirsty.  Cruelty – there is no shortage.

I paid $19.99 for the first season on Amazon since I don’t have the cable channel; hence, I will continue to watch.  Critic reviews seem to be mixed on the Internet this morning.  Here’s hoping that Tom Cullen who plays Landry and the rest of his brothers improve as the series continues.  No doubt it’s a given this is going to be a bloody and violent show that leads to the very sad downfall of the Templars.

What might be wrong with the premise behind Knightfall? The very title “Knight-Fall” that focuses on the famous monk order falling from grace and their loss of popularity with the public.  Perhaps it would have better suited the audience had the series focused historically at the beginning of the order, during their gallant glory days and the purpose for which they were formed.  I, for one, might have found it more intriguing with a slow-walk to the fall from grace.  Already, I’m sadden knowing the terrible end these men face.

Looking for the historical scoop on the knights?  Follow the link to the History.com.

 

 

The Crown: What was the Suez Crisis and why did it bring down Prime Minister Anthony Eden?

Season 2 of The Crown is streaming on Netflix.  Of course, I didn’t waste much time watching the first episode.  Things are tense between Elizabeth and Philip, Princess Margaret is drinking too much, and Philip may be cavorting with a ballet dancer.  Of course, you’re going to be in for more historical insights if you weren’t alive in 1956, including the Suez Canal crisis.  Looking for the real scoop?  Radio Times hasn’t wasted any time clarifying it for you in this article.

The Suez Crisis of 1956 was a political disaster for Britain and for Prime Minister Anthony Eden as the joint invasion was met with international outcry – find out more about the events behind The Crown season 2

Source: The Crown: What was the Suez Crisis and why did it bring down Prime Minister Anthony Eden?

Knightfall Is An Immersive Experience, Tom Cullen Says

I am SO looking forward to this series, having read historical accounts about the Knight Templars. Unfortunately, I don’t have extended cable or the History channel. If you are in the same boat, you can buy the season Amazon for $19.99. I’m definitely dropping a 20 bucks, which is usually two trips to Starbucks at work. You can stream HERE ON AMAZON.

Knightfall actor Tom Cullen describes the lengths to which the series goes in order to immerse the viewer in the medieval world.

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