The Crown's Final Act: Royal Drama Unfolds in Season 6

The Crown's Final Act: Royal Drama Unfolds in Season 6


The much-anticipated final season of The Crown has hit Netflix, and it's stirred up quite a storm. Caryn James, in her recent review, doesn't hold back, describing it as a "clumsy, predictable" end to the Royal Family drama. Let's dive into the details of what she loved, what fell flat, and whether it's worth your binge-watching time.

From the get-go, James points out that the series doesn't waste any time diving into the most obvious event – Princess Diana's tragic car crash in Paris. The first episode unfolds with familiar scenes of a car speeding into a tunnel, and you can almost hear the collective gasp of viewers who know what's coming. But is the predictability of this season its Achilles' heel?

One recurring criticism is the casting, especially Dominic West as Prince Charles. James argues that West's down-to-earth quality doesn't quite match the endlessly self-absorbed and privileged Charles we witness in this season. Do you agree with the casting choices, or do you think it adds a unique twist to the characters?

However, the review isn't all gloom and doom. James highlights the series' historical accuracy, particularly in the respectful treatment of Princess Diana's death. The absence of crash scene images and the depiction of characters imagining conversations with Diana are seen as signs of sensitivity rather than sensationalism. Do you appreciate the show's approach to handling sensitive events, or do you feel it falls short?

A standout element throughout The Crown's run has been its imagined scenes, weaving a narrative around what the Royal Family might have said and done behind closed doors. These fictionalized moments, written by creator Peter Morgan, have been a source of both praise and controversy. Do you think the balance between fact and fiction adds to the show's appeal, or do you prefer a more documentary-style approach?

In these first episodes set in 1997, Elizabeth Debicki takes on the role of Princess Diana. James notes that while Debicki's performance is somewhat hindered by mimicry, there's an unexpected and refreshing twist in the portrayal of Diana's relationship with Dodi. It's described as a lovely, happy connection, not the grand romance often associated with the Princess. What are your thoughts on this unconventional take on Diana's love life?

The article touches on the ongoing issue of the stark contrast between Diana's sun-soaked days and the dark, shadowy interiors of Buckingham Palace. This stark visual difference is likened to a constant reminder of the duality in Diana's life. How important do you think such visual cues are in a historical drama, and do they enhance or distract from the storytelling?

A moment of redemption for West's portrayal of Prince Charles comes in episode four, where his grief-stricken reaction to Diana's death is deemed impactful. His silent devastation at the Paris morgue is described vividly. Did this scene change your perception of West's portrayal, or do you still find the casting mismatched?

The article also touches on the character of Camilla, played by Olivia Williams. Camilla's presence in these early episodes is minimal, standing loyally behind Charles. Yet, there's a promise of more complexity in her character in the upcoming episodes. Are you eager to see how Camilla's character unfolds, or do you think the show should have delved deeper into her role earlier?

As we delve into the period covered in Peter Morgan's 2006 film, "The Queen," the article questions the abrupt character swerves in the narrative. The Queen's sudden change from resistance to acknowledging the impact of Diana on the nation is highlighted. Do you appreciate the dramatic shifts in character arcs, or do you find them too abrupt and forced?

In the grand scheme of things, Caryn James acknowledges the elegance of Morgan's writing and the speculative psychology that has made The Crown immensely intriguing over the years. However, she laments the predictability of the final seasons. Do you think the show has lived up to its earlier standards, or do you agree that it has become somewhat formulaic in its storytelling?

In conclusion, The Crown's final season seems to be a mixed bag of commendable moments and missed opportunities. Whether you're a dedicated fan or a casual viewer, the question remains – will the final episodes, set to release on December 14, tie up the series in a satisfying manner? Only time (and binge-watching) will tell.


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