The Crown (2016-): Season 3
Title: The Crown
Genre: Drama | History |
Runtime: 58 min/Episode
Creator: Peter Morgan
Starring: Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter
Season three covers the time period between 1964 and 1977, beginning with Harold Wilson’s election as prime minister and ending with the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
GOING MAINSTREAM WITH
A CHANGE OF CAST
Despite the impression, both Claire Foy and Matt Smith had during the first two seasons, as they were fervent characters that drove the story forward. They embedded the character in a particular way that resembles the real royal couple of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II; the new cast in season three and four have difficult task to have the same relationship these lead character had during the first twenty episodes.
Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies who both are well-known actors and, in some areas, respected actors in the British community. Then you’ve Helena Bonham Carter as well. Sometimes hard to imagine Bellatrix Lestrange to be the British Queen baby sister, Margaret but Helena does her job well. She doesn’t have the energy that Vanessa Kirby has but it’s obvious that she plays the younger sister.
Points made, this third season has its ups and downs for sure, however. It’s has a slow pace and it takes some time to adjust with the brand-new cast. Olivia is probably not the best to cast the main lead, but Tobias does his job slightly better. Jason Watkins debuts in the third season, not as a dominated character but in the background as the Prime Minister Sir Harold Wilson.
The episode with the most impact of this season is number three, the third episode called Aberfan. An episode completely dedicated to the tragedy of the Aberfan accident where over 140 was killed of which 114 children. It’s strong, emotional and depicts Queen Elizabeth II struggling with her feelings in public. The Royal family doesn’t explore as much they did in the first two seasons, not as much as we would like. And therefore, the family becomes more reliable on their staff and family members in some way. They become fairy more isolated in the Buckingham Palace.
There’s still some exposition, drama and still a good production overall. It doesn’t have the force and power the previous series had. The third season doesn’t have a narrative spanned over the whole season, instead, there is a new focus in every episode. There’s no goal in sight compare to a prior episode, which is both sad and refreshing at the same time. It remains a solid series worth seeing but’s a weaker contender that doesn’t replay the achievement Foy and Smith had before. And with this new entry of the series, it has become more mainstream than there its worth mention.