The Crown Episode 1 review: Wolferton Splash is a strong start for Netflix’s royal drama

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In many ways, this episode is dedicated to setting up the chessboard. It’s not quite about Elizabeth (Claire Foy) in the way one might have expected; rather, it’s dedicated to contextualising her story and introducing the characters. We spend most of our time focused on King George (Jared Harris), Elizabeth’s father – as he copes with a terminal illness, we begin to get an impression of quite how difficult the life of a monarch is, and what exactly Elizabeth will face over the rest of the series. 

The first of several reviews of The Crown I did for CultBox; it’s a series that I have something of a complicated opinion on, in that it’s probably quite good, but I don’t actually like it very much.

(That’s going to become increasingly apparent across the rest of these reviews, but the seeds of it are here even now; it’s interesting to read this initial review back, after having watched the rest of the show and grown increasingly disillusioned with it.)

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Kevin James and Zulay Henao on True Memoirs of an International Assassin, working with Netflix, and more

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I’ve got to say. I’ve enjoyed working with them so much, it was such a great experience. They gave notes on stuff, but they were really great notes, and they were really collaborative; it just felt like you had really chill partners for the whole movie making process of it all, and they just let you do your thing, you know?

That’s really what was great about this for me, and it was a bit of a departure from what I normally do, and there’s moments in here where a lot is different. And that was exciting for me, and they really embraced that – like I said, they were great partners, and they really made you feel better.

This was the first interview I did. Must admit, I was pretty nervous, but I think it went pretty well in the end. I think if you compare this to all the others I did, while there’s been an obvious evolution in style since, a lot of my approach remains fairly similar. (Though I’ve since got a bit more stringent with my research – I nearly said Kevin James was in Mike and Molly at one point, which I can’t imagine would’ve been good.)

But, no, yeah, it was fun. I was actually in a discord call with a lot of my friends at the time – they were all listening in, doing some backup recording, and helped with questions at one point when I thought I was running out. So that was nice. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for this interview.

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