The Drinking Scene I Wanted: The Crown Season 2

Queen Elizabeth in the Crown

The Crown Season 2

Grade: B+

The Crown apparently thinks its alright to mention Phillip going and getting drunk with the Queen Mum and Tommy Lascelles and not actually show us… Like come on! In a season fairly heavy on inner personal turmoil that’s the stuff I want to see!

matt smith in the crown
I’m going to have a hard time letting go of Matt Smith as Phillip.

The season dives into Prince Phillip quiet a bit. Smith is fantastic of course and honestly Phillip is an interesting character. A congenial charming ball of pain, arrogance and, a rough past full of family tragedy that episode 9 deals with paralleling him with his son Charles. Which seriously- if its true explains a lot about Charles.

In terms of performances you simply can’t fault The Crown and I liked the little bits about the royals and really the world moving into the future.

jackie and queen elizabeth in the crown

I still Googled world events in the show like crazy. I think one of the reasons I didn’t enjoy this as much was I’m just not as in love with the time period. But it’s still excellent. The show can ring high drama from pretty much anything. Helped a lot by the score I admit.

I do think however they made Margaret a little too heavy on the bitter and bitchy. Which worries me a bit cause even though Helena Bonham Carter can pull off anything considering the material in season three I hope she can bring the charm. Vanessa Kirby and Matthew Goode are crazy talented but there was one bit at the end where I kind of cringed.

It leaned toward, I hate to say it, shrewish…

vanessa kirby as princess margaret

And more than enough has been said about Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth but I think my favorite scene of hers is when Charles is returning from a rough year at boarding school and she seems really happy to see him. But we watch him happily greet the nanny and greet a footman. She never goes to him. He never sees her. And she turns and walks away.

I would have liked a little more Uncle David this season as well. I think the actor (Alex Jennings) is so much fun. The episode delving into his past with the Nazis was a standout of the season.

alex jennings in the crown

Obviously they’re aging everyone else up but I hope somehow they keep him and Wallis.

I’m hoping for a date on season three soon- so I can start a countdown πŸ™‚

Recommend: Yes.Β I might not have enjoyed it as much as the first season but its still a great entertaining drama with top acting and character work. It kept my attention from beginning to end.


  1. Ha ha, hilarious opening – how rude not to show us indeed! πŸ˜‚

    I am learning so much about history watching the Crown, I also google stuff out. I haven’t finished the season 2 yet but know already that I will miss quite a lot of those actors. Great review, fingers crossed season 3 is as good as the previous ones.

    • I have faith! Though I’m going to miss Matt Smith- not exactly sure how I feel about Tobias Menzies. I am a bit disappointed they couldn’t get Paul Bettany. Still looking forward to it!

      • Paul Bettany would have been excellent, Tobias Menzies seriously annoys me in Outlander but then again, it may be more to do with the role than his acting (that’s what I keep on telling myself πŸ˜‚). I’m sure it will be still really good, fingers crossed!

  2. I haven’t watched the first season of this one… I’m not usually into things focused on royalty (unless they’re Disney Princesses! πŸ˜‚) but you defintitely make it sound interesting!!
    And, I totally agree that it was rude! I want to see the Queen mum gettin her drunk on!! 🍻🍻

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