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The Crown Series 3 Trailer has Landed. But does it Reign Supreme? Um..

by James Murphy

GOD SAVE THE CROWN?

TOO MUCH COLMANS’ RATHER GETS UP ON’E NOSE, WOT? 

So. The Crown: one of THE greatest television (and arguably, quasi cinematic) treats of recent years. First rate cast. A logical, natural extension of the brand and mythos from Peter Morgan’s The Queen, so existing, arguably as a kind of prequel to that? A historical document and a compelling, atmospheric drama, each episode propelled by a score that makes your hairs stand up. Somehow managing to dramatise events whereby we know the historical outcome and yet still feel shocked and surprised by it all.

THAT good! Pure class. Entertainment royalty, even!

But: Series 3. Always problematic. How to give more of the same and yet something a bit different? How to keep people interested, invested, excited?

This trailer shows how that’s been achieved. New cast = new hype. Advancing the story quickly to include historical names that bring things closer to the present day, kind of like a prequel series advancing toward catching up the aesthetic of its sequel (think Star Wars). It certainly stokes one’s curiosities.

That said? The progress comes at a cost. WHY replace the core cast? I would argue that Matt Smith, especially, has one of those faces that can age, credibly, with strategic make-up. So losing him seems a shame. There’s a predictability about who they have introduced.

All very well and good being radical in recasting your leads if your supporting cast become the usual line up of Brits du jour. Charles Dance, Helena Bonham Carter and now, Olivia Colman.

It’s rather safe or something? And, brill though Colman is in EVERYTHING, one longs for the days of her playing younger, funnier stuff. I’d rather watch a Peep Show spin off starring her as Sophie than watch her age prematurely to play the Queen. GREAT actress. But..caution: do not over-use!

So: yes, good. Sure this will be award winning, groundbreaking, record setting entertainment. And you will no doubt be wowed. Even if the trailer does not do it for me.

Rule NetFlix-annia. God Save the Queen! 



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