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post #51 of 78

Oooh! That's quite interesting casting. 

post #52 of 78
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That's spot-on casting for a middle-aged Foy.
post #53 of 78

As a fan of hers from her Mitchell & Webb/Peep Show days, I'm looking forward to seeing what she does with a role Foy has already done a lot to build up.

post #54 of 78

Wot? A policewoman-officer?

 

 

 

Naughty old queen. 

post #55 of 78

Giving S1 a re-watch in anticipation of S2. 

 

Really holds up, though I can't help thinking there must be some positive aspects to being Monarch of England :rolleyes:

 

The Great Fog episode is my favorite. It really gets into how ugly politics can be and how even a personal tragedy can be used for political gain. 

 

Did Morgan use actual letters or diary entries for the Duke of Windsor? They seem authentically bitter and cutting. I can't decide if the Duke's perceptiveness would have made him a terrible King or a great King. 


Really anticipating the new season. 


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post #56 of 78

Letters! 

 

http://articles.latimes.com/1988-06-20/news/mn-3553_1_duke-of-windsor

 

I also think it's widely known that the Duke was generally Not A Good Dude. 

post #57 of 78

Thanks!

 

It's amusing that throughout S1 The Monarchy is described as human beings "becoming one with the Divine" in order to give the people an ideal to strive for. 


Just like Superman!

post #58 of 78

"They will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the light of the sun and Philip will make racist jokes about them." 

post #59 of 78

The second season seems to be getting glowing reviews, so I'm looking forward to checking it out. I think I'll do a slow watch, as I did with the first season, rather than a binge. It feels more like a show I want to soak in rather than dive into. 

 

You can tell they've done something right when someone like me, who doesn't give a fuck about the Royal family, is actually excited for a show about them.

post #60 of 78

Mr. Saxon, what is the current state of "Royalmania" in the UK?

 

Here the Royals are perennial Tabloid fodder. Also a few years ago, a Brit couple who rented a house down the street from me displayed this giant banner with the princes on it with a Union Jack background. (I forget the occasion, one of the Princes got married?). 

 

Just seems the Americans are more into British Royalty than the British. 

post #61 of 78
Prince Harry just announced his engagement to a beautiful actress so I'd say Royalmania is at an all time high.
post #62 of 78
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Just seems the Americans are more into British Royalty than the British. 

 

I think these comments from John Oliver regarding Brits and the Royal Family are pretty on-point.

 

post #63 of 78

I just enjoy watching my fellow Americans about the nuances of British secession and this dumb thing going around about how Markle's and Harry's kids will be both eligible for the Presidency AND the throne at the same time. Which, I think, is possible if she just doesn't take any titles. 

post #64 of 78

I laughed at one of the quotes from someone present at their first meeting with the public last week. I haven't got the patience to go digging for it whilst I'm sitting at my office desk but a woman was quoted saying something along the lines of: "It was really exciting to meet Prince Harry because the husband and I are big fans of The Royals. We're also huge Suits fans so it was like having your birthday and Christmas on the same day!"

post #65 of 78
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I think these comments from John Oliver regarding Brits and the Royal Family are pretty on-point.

 

 

Ugh Late Night talk show hosts are teh suck. 

post #66 of 78
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I laughed at one of the quotes from someone present at their first meeting with the public last week. I haven't got the patience to go digging for it whilst I'm sitting at my office desk but a woman was quoted saying something along the lines of: "It was really exciting to meet Prince Harry because the husband and I are big fans of The Royals. We're also huge Suits fans so it was like having your birthday and Christmas on the same day!"

 

Kind of sums it up, and it's amusing to think that this Netflix Series is probably watched more, and taken more seriously by Americans than the Brits who ostensibly enjoy rule by the Royal Family. 

post #67 of 78
I just started watching season 1, very engaging.

I decided ohhh I'm gonna be bad and go on Wikipedia and spoil Philip's death, no doubt in a fiery plane crash.

Dude is still alive at 96??
post #68 of 78

He retired from public life this past year. His health hasn't been great. 

post #69 of 78

I'd have loved to have been a fly on the wall when he met Harry's bride-to-be. Then again, he was probably warned by Elizabeth about saying anything rude, and reserved all of his racist comments for when she was no longer in earshot. 

post #70 of 78

What's weird upon re-watch is how everyone insists that The Monarchy be this Platonic ideal that the real human beings who hold the titles must fit themselves into. 


That's not historically accurate. Elizabeth I, Henry the VIII, King John Lackland....all where most certainly individual personalities. 

 

This idea of "people want THE CROWN not the person" is very modern.

 

Also the "Nostalgia Porn" aspect of the show kind of leaps out. All those beautiful solid state cameras, control panels and TVs...oh my! The cg scene of the fleet of Bombers flying over the palace in Episode 7 made me so nostalgic! Which is weird seeing as how I wasn't born until decades later....

post #71 of 78

Anyone else watching Season 2? I'm two episodes in, and I think they doubled the budget for S2. 

 

Think I might get the soundtrack to this. The recurring theme set to Nasser's takeover of the Suez Canal in E1 was outstanding, as is the sequence. 

 

I do think they are starting to stretch the Royals being tied into world events a bit. Also some teevee "on the nose" things, like Phillip having a stormy interview with a reporter, then the next scene shows Phillip's ship tossing about in a storm. Because he's feeling stormy inside, get it?

 

I'm diggin' it!

post #72 of 78

Man Anthony Eden is portrayed as a BITCH in this series.

 

I know people really loved the penultimate episode of S1 when Winston Churchill commiserates with the Painter commissioned to create his portrait. I liked that, but for me the best part of that episode was Churchill's confrontation with Eden, when Eden yells "I have one thing you'll never have again: A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH!". Then he proceeds to start to pull out an actual Bill of Health! 

 

In S2 he's shown as a twat that starts a war with Egypt so he can one up Churchill. Then the war fails, and everyone turns on him. 

 

Oh and WHO is the leader of the backstabbers who turn on him? WHO could they get to play Harold MacMillion?

 

.................................................................................................................................................................................................QYBURN!

post #73 of 78
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Anyone else watching Season 2? I'm two episodes in, and I think they doubled the budget for S2. 

 

 

I'm starting my watch today. Doubt I'll binge it, as the first season felt more like a show to take your time with, but it depends how I feel at the end of each episode.

post #74 of 78
Michael C. Hall is probably one of the least convincing portrayals of JFK I've ever seen. One of the few sour casting notes.
post #75 of 78

I forgot how beautiful the music for this show was. 

post #76 of 78

I wonder if Peter Morgan was criticized, or just questioned, about the real events his series is based on. Because a lot of episodes in S2 have codas where we see pics of the real events/people. I think only the Great Fog episode of S1 had that. 

 

And it's used to horrific effect in Episode 6. Holy Shit: had no idea that the Duke of Windsor was in so deep with

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The Nazis.

 

And he never owns up to it in any way.

 

This makes him what CHUD's Mr. Saxon would call "a right Cunt". 

post #77 of 78

Alex Jennings is so good in the role that you almost forget what a ghastly person the Duke was. His last scene goes from quietly sad to horrifying in a matter of seconds.

post #78 of 78

I'm on episode away from episode six so I'll let you know! (ETA: Okay, I've seen the episode now and I wasn't aware of that aspect of his past either, so yes, he's a right cunt. I'd also like to echo the praise for Jennings in the role.)

 

I wonder what CHUD's Flint thinks of this show's portrayal of his father, Sir Robin Day, in episode five. The actor certainly looks and sounds the part. 


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