Monday, January 08, 2024

The Crown - Season Six

Tuesday night December 26, Sharon and I finished watching season six of The Crown on Netflix. We finished watching season one in April of 2018, season two in May of 2018, season three in February of 2020, season four in December of 2020 and season five in January of 2023.

The sixth and final season of The Crown was released by Netflix in two volumes. The first volume of four episodes was released on 16 November 2023, and the second, consisting of six episodes, was released on 14 December.

The sixth season spans the period from 1997 to 2005. Events depicted include: the death of Diana, Princess of Wales; the premiership of Tony Blair; the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II; the deaths of Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; the early relationship of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and; the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.

I said after season five that, with Elizabeth and Philip's deaths and Harry and Megan's subplot in the past couple of years, it will be interesting to see how they wrap up the last season. They took an interesting course; they just ignored the last seventeen years of Queen Elizabeth's reign. I read somewhere that they didn't want to get wrapped up in the swirl around the more recent events. While I think that season six is good, I am disappointed in this approach. They could have done an interesting season seven with the material since 2005.

Season six ends up being about 50% about Diana, her relationship with Dodi Fayed, her death and the aftermath. They did a good job with these episodes.

While I am a little disappointed in how and where they ended the series, I enjoyed all six seasons and recommend the show.

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