Story by Chyna Wallace and Zakiya Austin, photo from Netflix
What if your life was changed forever in one moment? What if you went from living a private life, to being in the public eye 24/7, all eyes on you. Both of these questions and more come up in the first season of “The Crown,” Netflix’s new original show. Once a successful princess in England, Elizabeth soon finds herself being married to Philip, prince-to-be, Duke of Edinburgh.
Wedding days are made to seem like the happiest days in the bride and groom’s life, but this day is unlike any other. The show opens with King George VI, violently coughing. A requirement of being king, George has to be seen as being in perfect health, but when he discovers he has just coughed up blood he quickly gets rid of the evidence.
Before the wedding between Princess Elizabeth and Philip can even commence, Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives outside the church after all the guests have arrived. “Are we the last?” he asks, showing he arrived late on purpose looking for attention since he is in the middle of re-election for Prime Minister.
12 months later, Princess Elizabeth receives a phone call from The Palace in the United Kingdom telling her that her father, the king, has just went into surgery. After the surgery, it looks like King George will be okay, but with her father’s health and Winston Churchill being elected as Prime Minister she has a lot to worry about.
With Elizabeth just being married, she has had no time to catch up with her family. She has dinner with them to discuss what their plans are for Christmas when royal advisor Peter Townsend shows up. When he walks in there’s definitely some eye chemistry between him and Princess Margaret.
Secret Relationship? Can we say scandal between a royal and “the help.”
While this dinner is commencing, King George meets with the doctor that did his surgery reveals that the king has terminal cancer. With the princess and the queen relying dearly on him, how will they survive?
The first episode leaves with a cliffhanger of the king and the new prince shooting ducks in a gloomy lake while the king is telling the prince that when Elizabeth is queen, she must come first no matter what. While this is all going down Elizabeth is sneaking into the King’s office seeing a red briefcase that belongs to the king, but not opening it.
All in all, the first episode of the Crown was suspenseful and informative. This show is set in the 1920’s that time with kings and queens that you learn about in history class, but watching this is better for some then taking notes. For the most part the show is accurate, except for added drama.
How will the king’s imminent death affect his family and citizens that are loyal to him. Will Elizabeth be ready to take on the responsibility of being queen?
All these questions can be answered in the next episode of “The Crown” but more will surely arise.