Netflix has released the first half of season 6 of The Crown, which will be its final season as the series isn’t catching up today, but will bow out somewhere in the late 90s or early 2000s, it seems. Nothing important happened after that, right?
It’s the end of an era for Netflix as the series has been nominated for numerous awards and, at least in the past, has been considered one of its most prestigious offerings. But season 6? Not really.
The series has been deeply obsessed with Princess Diana for three seasons now. She was introduced as a young girl in Season 4, but Seasons 5 and 6 were entirely consumed by her, with the mid-season finale ending with her death.
There’s a reason the show scored a 58% on Rotten Tomatoes in Season 6, compared to Seasons 1-4 hovering between 88% and 96%. Everything about Diana is an absolute disaster. All four episodes are focused entirely on nothing other than her relationship with Dodi al Fayed, and while Elizabeth Debicki continues to play the role of Diana perfectly, the series has lost something that previous seasons had, which was a portrayal wider of the royal family and the many. events of their reign. While obviously Diana was quite consuming, they’ve now devoted basically half the series to her, and in season 6 things just get wacky.
The craziest part of Season 6 by far is the decision to have Diana appear as some sort of force ghost after her death. She appears to the grieving Charles to say that he was beautiful when he saw her body and she more or less forgives him for the way he treated her. Later, she appears to Queen Elizabeth and explains to her why she should probably go out and mourn her publicly for the sake of the country. I’m not kidding, this actually happened, and it’s understandably criticized by critics and viewers alike.
It’s pretty weird to see a show that was previously so heralded fall off a cliff like this. Diana’s early stuff with Emma Corin was good and season 4 was the most well-reviewed season. But seasons 5 and 6 gave nothing but the Diana show, which skipped many key events like the near-abduction of Princess Anne in 1974. How boring, right?
But no, it’s not very interesting to watch four episodes of paparazzi chasing Diana, and Charles being mad about the photos of her kissing Dodi appearing in the newspaper. While yes, Diana’s impact on Britain in life and death is enormous, there was no need for her to swallow up half of this series, and most importantly, she’s not good at all handled with the ghost-based finale feeling absurd and a bit disrespectful to his memory, to be frank.
Like many viewers, after six seasons I feel like I have to see it through to the end but man, what a decline.
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