The Crown season 6 review: A ‘clumsy, predictable’ end to the Royal Family drama
BBC News says As Netflix’s epic Royal Family drama The Crown reaches its dramatic final series, the show, once ‘a joy’, has failed to right the terrible flaws of the last season, writes Caryn James.
In its sixth and final season, The Crown doesn’t waste a second in getting to its most obvious, looming event. The first episode starts with a man walking his dog on a narrow street, and as soon as we spot the Eiffel Tower, we know what’s coming. A black car speeds into a tunnel, followed by more cars and motorcycles, and the sound of a deadly crash. All the while we never leave the dog walker, who takes out his phone to call for help. That scene, with a trajectory so familiar we can fill in the blanks, points to what’s weakest about this new season. Instead of righting the near-disaster of last season, it leans into its flaws, including the miscasting of the earthy Dominic West as Prince Charles and the endless, unenlightening reconstructions of the real images and videos that have become part of the culture, recognisable around the world even to viewers too young to remember the 1990s or Diana’s death first-hand.