The Crown is one of Netflix’s most talked about shows due to its fictionalized depiction of the United Kingdom royal family’s recent history. Since the first season premiere in 2016, the series created by Peter Morgan won several Emmy and BAFTA awards for its often on-the-mark portrayal of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
The first four episodes of the series’s sixth and final season just dropped, and they’re all centered on Princess Diana’s final weeks and the aftermath of her death.
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Where can you watch The Crown season 6 in the UAE?
The Crown season 6 part 1 is now streaming on Netflix in the UAE or Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, Netflix does not offer free trials in the UAE or Saudi Arabia, so you’ll have to subscribe for at least one month to watch this. Netflix plans start at AED 29 per month and go up to AED 56.
Previous seasons of The Crown told their story over several years, but the first half of season six could work as a stand-alone miniseries about the death of Princess Diana (played by Elizabeth Debicki). We see her meeting and starting a relationship with Dodi Fayed (Khalid Abdalla), we watch her spend time with her two sons, and she even seems to bury the hatchet with her ex-husband, Prince Charles (Dominic West), all while dealing with a suffocating amount of attention from the paparazzi.
As Diana constantly makes headlines, Queen Elizabeth (Imelda Staunton) grapples between her desire to support her son’s relationship with Camilla (Olivia Williams) and her duty not to be seen by the public as too quick to approve the controversial pairing. As for Charles, the series decided to be significantly more sympathetic to his character than previously.
Remnants of a once-great show
As a drama series offering a fictionalized retelling of the royal family’s life, The Crown has always taken creative liberties with its storyline. However, 1997 was only 26 years ago, and many audience members still vividly remember those times. It’s hard to say if this season should have been more fictionalized or less melodramatic, but something doesn’t add up.
Past seasons of The Crown were more committed to portraying its royal characters as flawed human beings. Season six went too far in wanting to show them as perfect people who could do no wrong.
Watching the four episodes felt like a bizarre soap opera and documentary combination. Real paparazzi shots were recreated, while strange interpersonal relationships were invented for the drama. And then Diana’s ghost appears out of nowhere. It’s a confusing mismatch in a show that was once great and is now borderline unwatchable.
While the writing and storylines are far from perfect, this is still a beautifully shot series. Elizabeth Debicki does a great job with her portrayal of Diana, as do most of the cast, especially Imelda Staunton, with her stoic yet motherly take on the Queen’s character.
Ending The Crown after six seasons is probably the right call. This once-great series is a mere shadow of its former self, which may have everything to do with how dangerously close to contemporary history it’s getting.