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Review: The Crown Season 2 Episode 8 “Dear Mrs. Kennedy”

While ‘The Crown’ again rushes past what was a hugely significant event, Ghanan independence, and may take liberty in proposing connection between the Queen’s view of herself, actions in Ghana, and Mrs Kennedy’s comments, the episode does show some consistent thematic work. I personally dislike when new character traits are introduced for the sake of … Continue reading Review: The Crown Season 2 Episode 8 “Dear Mrs. Kennedy”

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Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 9 “eps3.8_stage3.torrent”

There is a sense of awakening felt throughout this episode, as many differing strands of information, narratives and assertions are slowly uncovered by characters. The unfortunate aspect to this however, is that little has monumental impact. These are only slithers of set-up and with so many different tangents, the set-up does become tiresome and eventually … Continue reading Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 9 “eps3.8_stage3.torrent”

Review: The Crown Season 2 Episode 7 “Matrimonium”

Again showing no fear to focus upon episodic storytelling in order to retain historical accuracy, this episode is slightly underwhelming in the sense that it again ignores many previous arcs and events. There is no mention of the public reaction or implications of the files regarding Edward’s German associations, and little discussion of the current … Continue reading Review: The Crown Season 2 Episode 7 “Matrimonium”

Review: The Crown Season 2 Episode 6 “Vergangenheit”

While the monarchy is often defined, as this show has suggested, by its fairy-tale perception, inducing the public into a trance of  wonder, duty and patriotism, the Queen’s role as the Head of the Church of England is often forgotten. Christianity of course informs many aspects of the royal institution the show explores, including its … Continue reading Review: The Crown Season 2 Episode 6 “Vergangenheit”

Review: The Crown Season 2 Episode 5 “Marionettes”

‘The Crown’ has never been pro-monarchy, instead reserving its spotlight for a more nuanced, historically accurate, and revealing insight into the royal family. Yet, this episode feels distinctively anti-monarchist, not only in its subject matter, but the awkward and often inconsistent framing it employs. The swirling world, again presented through constant movement, reflects a growing … Continue reading Review: The Crown Season 2 Episode 5 “Marionettes”

Review: The Crown Season 2 Episode 4 “Beryl”

The opulence, decadence and undeniable romance of the production design is not simply a historical account of the Palace but an effective representation of the fairy-tale image the Monarchy projects. As is discussed here, such a perception is vital to uphold, a trance of romanticism needed to affirm the Monarchy’s relevance. Amongst this wonderland of … Continue reading Review: The Crown Season 2 Episode 4 “Beryl”

Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 9 “Three-Letter Day”

By this point ‘Designated Survivor’ is so far past its initial purpose and direction that it’s episodes are best consumed and viewed as bites or slithers of the Kirkman Presidency than a serial narrative. Kirkman, for the most part, is MIA during this episode, in a figurehead position that leaves the staff to act. The … Continue reading Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 9 “Three-Letter Day”