Saturday, November 28, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Crown

The Crown: Season 4, Episode 3 “Fairytale” (B+)

I feel like this show hasn’t typically proceeded along in a normal narrative fashion, instead introducing major events in the country or the world that have sought to disrupt what we’ve been watching and take us away from the featured characters. In this case, however, we stay firmly focused on Diana and the way in which she’s introduced to the royal lifestyle. Seeing them all make fun of her when she didn’t know who to bow to first was harsh, even worse than the treatment of Margaret Thatcher at Balmoral. I haven’t previously mentioned the presence of Emerald Fennell, a director who served as showrunner for “Killing Eve” and also made the best movie I’ve seen this year, the forthcoming “Promising Young Woman,” as Camilla, who was kinder than most of the royal types to Diana in training her on how to behave and follow the many rituals required. She realizes that Diana isn’t aware of much of what she needs to know, but she also didn’t pay quite as much attention as she should have to how the future princess acted at lunch, which could have clued her in to her eating disorder. It’s very true that the whirlwind romance everyone keeps talking about between Charles and Diana is something that the two of them don’t seem to feel nearly as strongly, which only Princess Margaret picked up on and sought to try to prevent since she doesn’t want prescribed marriages to continue causing heartbreak. They’re married now, and those of us born in the 1980s know that there’s plenty more of that coming.

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