The Crown Series Six Part Two: A Mixed Bag of Reviews
The final five episodes of The Crown have landed, but their arrival has been met with a diverse chorus of critical voices.
While some reviewers applaud the show’s return to form and emotional resonance, others lament its decline from grace and question its continued relevance.
The Independent: Criticizes the show for squandering its potential, calling the final episodes “haunted by the ghost of past glories.”
The Telegraph: Compares the series’ ending to a “Hallmark Channel movie,” bemoaning its loss of historical depth and emotional weight.
The Times: Finds the season “quite dull” and “running out of steam,” though it praises Lesley Manville’s performance as Princess Margaret.
Evening Standard: Awards four stars but deems the season “fine” overall, suggesting it will please existing fans but lack the spark of its earlier seasons.
Radio Times: Appreciates the series’ return to its roots, praising Ed McVey’s portrayal of Prince William and the focus on Princess Margaret.
The i: Calls it a “near perfect ending,” applauding the show’s return to its elegant and nostalgic examination of British identity.
James Hibbs of Radio Times: Considers Ed McVey the key success of the season, crediting the show for “taking things back to basics.”
Decline from historical drama to soap opera: Some critics argue the show has lost its historical rigor and become overly focused on sensationalized personal lives.
Weak writing and character development: Dialogue and plot points are criticized for being melodramatic and lacking depth.
Kate and William’s storyline: The introduction of Kate and William receives lukewarm reception, with concerns about Carole Middleton’s portrayal.
Princess Margaret shines: Lesley Manville’s performance is a highlight for many reviewers, reminding them of the show’s earlier strengths.
In conclusion, while The Crown’s final chapter has generated mixed reactions, it seems to offer a bittersweet conclusion for fans and critics alike.
The show’s legacy remains debatable, but its impact on historical drama and popular culture is undeniable.