My previous post shared the latest available updates on the upcoming Seasons 3 and 4. I thought it be fun to provide a recap of each episode of the first and second Season of The Crown.
Season 1 Overview
This season is all about Elizabeth becoming Queen at a very young age and all that entails.
As a young Queen her personal life, and, major political issues test her strength of character. Both of these aspects of her life clash in ways she never anticipated and much more often too.
The summaries are listed from Episode 1 to 10:
- Wolferton Splash
- Hyde Park Corner
- Act of God
- Smoke and Mirrors
- Scientia Potentia Est
- Pride & Joy
– Princess Elizabeth marries Prince Philip
– King George VI’s (Elizabeth’s father) health gets much worse
– Winston Churchill is for the second time, elected Prime Minister
– King George VI’s ill health prevents him from traveling
– Both Elizabeth and Philip start a Commonwealth tour covering four continents, in place of the King
– Churchill experiences Party Leaders trying to undermine him
– As Elizabeth starts her new role, Prince Philip attempts to assert some power
– Churchill gets involved with the coronation and tries and delay it
– King George’s out of favor brother arrives
– London is cloaked in thick smog, creating havoc for days
– The bad weather also creates a severe health hazard
– Churchill doesn’t do much about the weather situation, giving his enemies an opportunity to use this against him
– Elizabeth asserts her authority and ignores custom
– By appointing Philip as her coordinator for the coronation
– Philip’s suggestions clash and cause conflict with the establishment
– The Duke of Windsor visits London
– Episode title, meaning ‘high explosive’
– Margaret and Peter make a request of Elizabeth
– The newspapers have a scandal they are about to unleash
– The Queen Mother intercedes it
– This episode title means ‘knowledge is power’
– Churchill and Eden both have major health issues
– The H-bomb is tested by the Soviets
– Feeling frustrated about her lack of formal education, Elizabeth hires herself a tutor
– Elizabeth and Philip depart for a long and tiring journey around the World
– In Elizabeth’s absence, Margaret attends some official duties on her behalf
– Margaret ignores protocol and attempts to inject life into the formalities
– There is discord and tension between Elizabeth and Philip
– As a result, Elizabeth spends much more time enjoying the company of her old acquaintance, Porchey
– In honor of his eightieth birthday, a portrait of Winston Churchill is commissioned
– This episode title means ‘glory’
– Margaret and Peter get together again
– More stumbling blocks are in their way
– Elizabeth is conflicted over the love for her sister and her royal duties
One of my favorite things about Season 1 is how the the characters developed as the storyline evolves.
If I was the Queen, or any of the characters, I’d definitely watch this. It would be interesting to know if she does and what she thinks of it.
Claire Foy and Matt Smith are excellent in their roles. Claire is definitely my favorite.
If you’re interested in a summary of Season 2, you’ll find that post here.
The latest updates for Seasons 3 and 4 can also be found here.
Grab a cuppa, snuggle up in a chair and enjoy both of these posts.
Glow with the flow