Tina Brown on the Final Two Episodes of ‘The Crown’: Love and Duty

The Netflix series ends its first season with two especially juicy episodes.

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  1. Also available on NF streaming is the series The Tudors. It is the reign of Henry VIII. In the last episode, Hobart paints a portrait showing the King as he looked at the end of his reign, old and fat. At the King's "suggestion," Hobart redid the portrait. The picture that survives shows a young, handsome, vigorous Henry. If Churchill could have threatened the artist with The Tower, he would have gotten a better painting.

  2. Hobart? Or do you mean Holbein?

  3. Holbein?

  4. One of the great pleasures of this outstanding series is watching John Lithgow, in a scenery-chewing role, devour everything in sight while maintaining a balanced involvement in the whole. An Emmy award is definitely being earned.

  5. Yes Michael. I totally agree. As good as everyone is in this series Mr Lithgow is a revelation. It was a risk to cast an American in the role but Lithgow more than acquits himself here. Looking to more of him in the next series eh what?

  6. This is such a fun series. It's totally addictive. It's amazing that Elisabeth actually surrendered to the rigidity of the protocol. I can understand why Margaret did her best to rebel.

  7. Ms. Brown's reviews are as delightful as the series. "The Crown" is one of the season's masterpieces. Claire Foy and John Lithgow are both superb and understated. A thorough delight!

  8. I love this series. All of the acting is impeccable, my standouts being Claire Foy, Jared Harris, John Lithgow (extraordinary portrayal) and Matt Smith. Love Vanessa Hamilton too. The set design, costumes and directing (several different people) are terrific as well. Peter Morgan has written a most wonderful rendering.

  9. All I have to say is ----- #Emmy4JohnLithgow

  10. Britanna rules the (air) waves in this marvelous production. Perhaps we made a big mistake. If only Your Majesty could take us back.

  11. Oh my. I meant Britannia. There's never an editor when you need one.

  12. The Crown is, on the whole, quite wonderful. However, the portrayal of the Queen Mother is all wrong: there's none of her vanity, flirtatiousness & desire always to be the center of attention. And, for drama & conflict, the writers missed the boat in not conveying the struggle to be that center between the two Elizabeth's , once the younger became Queen.

  13. What is it about our obsession with the British monarchy? I admit I'm afflicted with this addiction too. And "The Crown" elegantly satisfies that craving like no other series or film in recent memory. Do Americans secretly pine for a King ourselves? Oh, never mind...we just elected one who thinks he's King.

  14. I binged watched this series in two days. I will rewatch again in the future to savor this even more. From the writing to the acting to the sets, scenery, costumes and everzthi g else, this series is perfection.

  15. Anyone who has visited the Crown Jewels in The Tower of London has had a chance to see the television footage shot during Elizabeth's coronation. She is absolutely flawless throughout, and one can only admire her focus and her calm during the ceremony. The pressure must have been crushing.

  16. What do you have against Ben Miles? (Ben Miles if you're reading this, don't worry, I think you're hot)

  17. Luscious, binge-worthy: the scenery/settings, costuming and especially LIthgow! Brava/bravo NF!

  18. NYT, you picked the perfect person to critique The Crown, as no one writes about the Royal Family better than Tina Brown.

  19. The exchanges between Churchill and Sutherland are wonderful and instructive. Churchill, ever the royalist, saw himself in the grand scheme of things, larger than life, and naturally wished to be depicted as such. The only written description we have of Augustus (from Suetonius) describes his unkept hair, bad teeth and platform shoes. Yet the existing statues and coins of him show a god-like man who ruled for 50 years, something like what Churchill had in mind.

  20. This episode (no. 9) is perhaps the deepest and most moving of the whole series. I go back to it time and again, and I perceive new subtleties in the exchanges between Churchill and Sutherland, as they discuss life and art from their unique perspectives. Not to be missed.

  21. Not to mention wonderful Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary, stealing every scene she's in.