(K. Brent Tomer),
FOR all the talk of change in season two of “The Crown”—and there is lots of it—everything feels uncannily familiar. Though things begin in the mid-1950s, there are already grimace-inducing references to the European Economic Community: one character wonders whether Britain should be “in or out”. Just weeks after real-life Prince Harry announced his engagement to Meghan Markle on November 27th, a union that is seen as bringing some much-needed diversity into the royal family, on-screen Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby) breaks new ground by bringing the first “commoner”, Antony Armstrong-Jones (Matthew Goode), a photographer, into the fold. And the criticisms offered by Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) of the monarchy—a “tired institution without a place in the modern world”—have hardly been assuaged.
Some of the historical echoes are more thunderous. When John Kennedy (Michael Hall) orates on the slippage of America’s “intellectual and moral strength” and the nation being “divided like never before”, one…Continue reading