The Crown, Season 2: Part Two of the “Catching Up on The Crown” Miniseries (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at our website: couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com.  In this episode, recorded in December 2018, our panel of regal CPU! faithful – moderator Krista, Spencer, Samantha, Kristin (T), and Chief CP Kylie – convenes for the second time around the CPU! Water Cooler to discuss the second season of lush Netflix biopic The Crown, in this, Part Two of our two-part “Catching Up on The Crown” Miniseries.  As always, if you have not watched any of The Crown, be aware that there are, most definitely, MAJOR SPOILERS (history be darned)! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite).  Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

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PODCAST! – Around the Water Cooler & Streaming Originals: “The Crown” – The Recap and Review of Season 2; Part Two of CPU!’s “Catching Up on The Crown” Miniseries (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “The Crown” is a historical drama and web/streaming series available to Netflix subscribers exclusively, as it is Netflix produced original content.

What:  “The Crown,” created and principally written by Peter Morgan, is 
a biographical story about the reign of Her Royal Majesty (HRM) Queen Elizabeth II.

SYNOPSIS

The Crown traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy, in Seasons 1 and 2) from her wedding in 1947 to Prince Philip (Matt Smith, in Seasons 1 and 2) through to the present day.

When: Season 2 was released to the Netflix streaming library on December 8, 2017, with a total of ten episodes.

Where: The action is set primarily in the United Kingdom, England, and in London, where the Queen and the Royal Family by and large reside.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode covering Season 1 via the link below!

How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS

This is Part Two of our “Catching Up on The Crown” miniseries.  You can listen to Part One here and at our audio feeds (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play):

Season 1

As you might recall, by popular request, though notably by established CPU! panelists and viewers, The Crown became a new show panel at the CPU! Water Cooler! this month. Our regal The Crown panelists – moderator Krista; Spencer; his wife, Kristin T; Samantha; and me, your Chief CP – reconvened “Around the Water Cooler” to talk about the remaining available season of this lush biopic. In so doing, we ruminate in-depth upon the production values, performances, and general historical accuracy of this show about a living monarch, with some continued, though possibly less modestly, mixed reactions and, possibly more, unevenly engaged suspensions of disbelief.

Tonight’s episode is the second part of a two-part miniseries in which CPU! gets caught up on this show, the second season of which was released to Netflix in December 2017.  In this episode, our panel reflects on and recaps Season 2 of The Crown, covering the Suez Crisis in 1956; the retirement of the Queen’s third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan (Anton Lesser), in 1963 following the Profumo affair political scandal; and the births of Princes Andrew and Edward, the latter being born in 1964.

This episode was recorded in December 2018, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of the second season. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite), Pinterest (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, our Stitcher Radio channel , and/or find us on Google Play to keep track of brand new episodes.  In the meantime, let us know what you think!  Comment or review us in any of the above forums – we’d love your feedback!

Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Next Wednesday, our Once Upon a Time panel finally returns to the Water Cooler, one of two final triumphant times, with an animated review of the second half of the long-running fantasy series’ seventh and final season.  Stay tuned!

Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations

1) What will we see in Season 3? The panel predicts more Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby, in Seasons 1 and 2; Helena Bonham-Carter, in Seasons 3 and 4) than ever before as well as depictions of how the House of Windsor deals with the fallout of her life’s choices.

2) Will we get to see HRM the Queen being more matronly to her four children in Season 3, as they will presumably be older and less reliant on nannies and nursemaids?

3) The Queen will now be played by Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), and Prince Philip will be played by Tobias Menzies (Outlander). Will we as the viewers be able to suspend our disbelief, having watched Claire Foy and Matt Smith in those roles, respectively, for the first two seasons?

4) Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) has been tapped to play Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. How much of the Iron Lady will we see in Season 3?

5) Will the viewers watch televised depictions of further shrinking of the Commonwealth, as more nations asserted independence from The Crown?

PARTING SHOTS

The Crown is recommended by our CPU! panel to so-called Anglophiles; to fans of British/English history; to general history buffs; and to followers of the Royals.  The panelists mostly agree that the production values are notably expensive but predominantly worth the money, given the painstakingly remarkable recreations employed in costumes, art direction, and cinematography. The panelists also proffer that the performances are primarily good, particularly that of Foy and of Kirby in this second season. Plus, they note that the second season (or series if you’re British) is largely choppy in pacing, as the writers and creators of the series seemed to search for additional potentially salacious details on which to ruminate in order to make this largely uneventful period of the Crown’s history a bit spicier and, perhaps, more television-worthy, in their eyes. The panelists further, by and large, continue to struggle with Matt Smith’s depiction of Prince Philip, whether by virtue of performance, direction, and/or writing and the overall historical accuracy – and inaccuracy – of depicted events, including some of the tabloid-esque overtones of the piece, as if the producers wanted to present this series as the definitive, if unofficial, authority on all things House of Windsor.  In any event, the panelists, particularly in lieu of the lush production values and of Foy’s performance, were universally enticed to continue watching additional seasons, despite the upcoming cast changes.

LOOKING AHEAD

Netflix renewed The Crown for third and fourth seasons, with the third season expected to release in 2019, though no tentative premiere date has yet been announced. CPU! will reconvene our The Crown panel some time following the release of the third season.  Like, follow, and/or subscribe to the website, iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or our social media accounts to stay abreast of new episodes regarding The Crown as well as new episodes for all of our podcast panels!  And, if you feel so inclined, please leave us a review. Thank you!

BONUS CONTENT

Moderator Krista went wild with moderate-y research.

Call this: The CPU! Crown Fact Check!

Watch videos of Prince Philip’s World Tour (click the link): here!

Princess Margaret’s “Scandalous” Photo

Princess Margaret 29th Birthday Portrait
Princess Margaret’s “nude” photo, taken by Anthony Armstrong-Jones, 1959

Nazi Connections

The abdicated King Edward VIII, then Duke of Windsor, and wife Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, introducing themselves to Adolf Hitler, 1937

For a complete bio of King Edward VIII:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_VIII

A Diplomatic Dance

HRM, Queen Elizabeth II, dances with Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah, 1961

National Public Radio’s take on this event: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/01/21/578674702/netflixs-the-crown-says-one-dance-changed-history-the-truth-isn-t-so-simple

Princess Cecile of Denmark and Greece

Prince Philip’s “favourite” sister, with children

Details of death:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Cecilie_of_Greece_and_Denmark#Death

The Profumo Affair

Secretary of State for War John Profumo, 1960

Details of the scandal:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profumo_affair

The Birth of Prince Edward

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I couldn’t find an internet-available photo of the final pose recreated in the series, so this photo of newborn Prince Edward and Her Majesty’s other children will have to do.

The Crown, Season 1: Part One of the “Catching Up on The Crown” Miniseries (MAJOR SPOILERS)





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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at our website: couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com.  In this episode, recorded in December 2018, our panel of regal CPU! faithful – moderator Krista, Spencer, Samantha, Kristin (T), and Chief CP Kylie – convenes for the first time around the CPU! Water Cooler to discuss the first season of lush Netflix biopic The Crown, in this, Part One of our two-part “Catching Up on The Crown” Miniseries.  As always, if you have not watched any of The Crown, be aware that there are, most definitely, MAJOR SPOILERS (history be darned)! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite).  Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

PODCAST! – Pilots, Premieres, and First Looks and Streaming Originals: “The Crown” – The Recap and Review of Season 1; Part One of CPU!’s “Catching Up on The Crown” Miniseries (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “The Crown” is a historical drama and web/streaming series available to Netflix subscribers exclusively, as it is Netflix produced original content.

What:  “The Crown,” created and principally written by Peter Morgan, is
a biographical story about the reign of Her Royal Majesty (HRM) Queen Elizabeth II.

When: Season 1 was released to the Netflix streaming library on November 4, 2016, with a total of ten episodes.

Where: The action is set primarily in the United Kingdom, England, and in London, where the Queen and the Royal Family by and large reside.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below!

How – as in How Was It?

The pilot/premiere rating scale:

***** – I HAVE TO WATCH EVERYTHING. HOLY SMOKES!

**** – Well, it certainly seems intriguing. I’m going to keep watching, but I see possible pitfalls in the premise.

*** – I will give it six episodes and see what happens. There are things I like, and things I don’t. We’ll see which “things” are allowed to flourish.

** – I will give it three episodes. Chances are, I’m mainly bored, but there is some intrigue or fascination that could hold it together. No matter how unlikely.

* – Pass on this one, guys. It’s a snoozer/not funny/not interesting/not my cup of tea… there are too many options to waste time on this one.

The Crown = 4.2, by average of the podcast panel.

SYNOPSIS

The Crown traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy, in Seasons 1 and 2) from her wedding in 1947 to Prince Philip (Matt Smith, in Seasons 1 and 2) through to the present day.

THOUGHTS

By popular request, though notably by established CPU! panelists and viewers, The Crown has, as of this publication, become a new show panel at the CPU! Water Cooler!  Requesting CPU! panelists include moderator Krista, best known for her appearances on the Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Grace and Frankie panels as well as the erstwhile panels for British TV shows Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, and the recently published “The Tudors Vs. Wolf Hall;” Spencer, who hangs out most on our comic book adaptation panels; his wife Kristin T, who joined Spencer for Downton Abbey and Sherlock; Samantha, who joins Krista on the Grace and Frankie panel and who Looked Back at Gilmore Girls and Marvel’s Agent Carter, and me, your Chief CP, kicking back as a royally in-tune panelistWe gathered “Around the Water Cooler” to take a “First Look” at this lush biopic, and in so doing, ruminate in-depth upon the production values, performances, and general historical accuracy of this show about a living monarch, with some modestly mixed reactions and unevenly engaged suspensions of disbelief.

Tonight’s episode is the first part of a two-part miniseries in which CPU! gets caught up on this show, which premiered on Netflix in 2016.  In this episode, our panel reflects on and recaps Season 1 of The Crown, covering the period from the Queen’s marriage to Prince Philip to the disintegration of her sister, Princess Margaret’s (Vanessa Kirby), engagement to Group Captain Peter Townsend (Ben Miles) in 1955.

This episode was recorded in December 2018, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of the first season. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite), Pinterest (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, our Stitcher Radio channel , and/or find us on Google Play to keep track of brand new episodes.  In the meantime, let us know what you think!  Comment or review us in any of the above forums – we’d love your feedback!

Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Next Wednesday, schedule permitting, our Supernatural panel returns to the Water Cooler with a mid-season check-in, ready to respond and react to the first half of the fourteenth season of the long-running fantasy/horror drama.  Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDATION

The Crown is recommended by our CPU! panel to so-called Anglophiles; to fans of British/English history; to general history buffs; and to followers of the Royals.  The panelists mostly agree that the production values are notably expensive but predominantly worth the money, given the painstakingly remarkable recreations employed in costumes, art direction, and cinematography. The panelists also proffer that the performances are primarily good, particularly that of Foy, and that the first season (or series if you’re British) starts off slow but becomes more engaging as one continues watching. Chief CP Kylie found Season 1 to be almost laboriously slow for most of its run, even with an Anglophile predilection and disposition toward the history of the Commonwealth, and cautions that without love of something about the country, its history, or its monarchy, it might be difficult for such a viewer to stick with the series. 

The panelists additionally, by and large, struggle with Matt Smith’s depiction of Prince Philip, whether by virtue of performance, direction, and/or writing. They further wrestle with the overall historical accuracy – and inaccuracy – of depicted events and with some of the salacious overtones of the piece, as if the producers wanted to present this series as the definitive, if unofficial, authority on all things House of Windsor while, in the meantime, HRM the Queen has contradicted some of the filmed sequences in the press.  In any event, the panelists, particularly in lieu of the lush production values and of Foy’s performance, were universally enticed to continue watching the second season and will do so for future seasons to come as well, despite the cast changes, which we will discuss in Part Two of our miniseries.

THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW

Netflix renewed The Crown for third and fourth seasons, with the third season expected to release in 2019, though no tentative premiere date has yet been announced. CPU! will next visit The Crown for Part Two of this “Catch-Up Miniseries” this winter.  Our next The Crown episode will focus upon the second season of the show and will bring our humble podcast to current times, appreciations, and readiness for The Crown coverage going forward.  Like, follow, and/or subscribe to the website, iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or our social media accounts to stay abreast of new episodes regarding The Crown as well as new episodes for all of our podcast panels!  And, if you feel so inclined, please leave us a review. Thank you!

Vs! – The Tudors Vs. Wolf Hall

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This episode represents the first “not live” version of our feature called “Vs,” wherein two shows, topics, characters, universes, themes, etc. are pitted against each other, and aspects of each side of the “Vs.” equation are debated by a panel; this feature was adapted from our LIVE! shows and provides our growing cadre of spicy Couch Potatoes a chance to engage in more formal debates – as opposed to our usual, informal “Water Cooler” discussions – about shows and programs that, perhaps, the podcast has already finished covering, about subjects that interest our panelists, about themes and topics that inspire and excite based on current viewing trends, and so on.

The Vs. panels will, most times, have an odd number of panelists in each session because the moderator will contribute to the debates but will also mainly be responsible for timekeeping, tallying winners, and, above all, tie breaking. Then, at the end of each debate, one side of the Vs. contest will be declared the winner in terms of overall success around the question or topic at hand!

What’s more, the plan is to couple the audio recording of this feature with some type of video recording, be it of the panelists themselves and/or of a slideshow or presentation with nice pictures and graphics; however, we will not have such video for this episode, though we may add one later, if the right software and/or set of circumstances come along. So, even though the recording mentions the potential video, there is no video, except our usual still picture version at YouTube. Sorry! Our ambition will hopefully be matched by good conversion software…someday! Or, next time, we’ll just remember to film it.

This episode’s Vs. match pits depictions of historical figures, success of execution of story arcs involving historical events, and success of the overall miniseries of Wolf Hall against what will primarily be the first two season of The Tudors.  Historically minded CPU! panelists Krista and Laurie, along with Moderator Chief CP Kylie, return to the Water Cooler to duke it out, ye merry olde style.

This podcast was recorded in September 2018. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and, naturally, our website, couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com!  Our debate is, if we say so ourselves, entertaining and educational!  And if you have a topic you would like to see and/or hear us debate, let us know! Contact us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com, via our Guestbook here at the website, via our Facebook page, Twitter (@cpupodcast), or Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite).  Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Editor: Kylie Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

PODCAST! – Vs! – “The Tudors Vs. Wolf Hall”

Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: CPU! panelists Krista and Laurie!

What: “The Tudors” Vs. “Wolf Hall,” the first “not live” version of our feature called “Vs,” wherein two shows, topics, characters, universes, themes, etc. are pitted against each other, and aspects of each side of the “Vs.” equation are debated by a panel. Our first couplet of shows up for debate are steeped in fictional accounts of English royal history, specifically of the House of Tudor and, even more specifically, of King Henry VIII.  

When: The Tudors aired on Showtime for four seasons from 2007 to 2010. Wolf Hall is a six-part miniseries that aired on the BBC in the United Kingdom and on PBS in the United States in 2015.

Where: Both series are set in sixteenth century England, in the court and surrounds of King Henry VIII. You know – this chap?

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King Henry VIII

Why:   This new feature, adapted from our LIVE! shows, potentially provides our growing cadre of spicy Couch Potatoes a chance to engage in more formal debates – as opposed to our usual, informal “Water Cooler” discussions – about shows and programs that, perhaps, the podcast has already finished covering, about subjects that interest our panelists, about themes and topics that inspire and excite based on current viewing trends, and so on. The current topic was chosen by me, the Chief CP. I chose this topic because I was inspired by the miniseries Wolf Hall.  While watching it, the show that instantly came to mind in terms of similarity of topic and my brain’s automatic need to compare and contrast was The Tudors. And, if you didn’t already know, The Tudors happens to be the very first show about which I chose to write when I created the Couch Potatoes Unite! blog five years ago!  So, it seemed like a lovely, full circle dovetail, and an idea was verily born from there.

How – as in How’d It Go?

In this episode, we launch yet another new feature at CPU!  We’ve actually attempted this feature before; we usually reserve for it our live appearances, particularly for places like Comic Con, because it is ripe for spiciness and audience participation and interaction!  Well, as life goes, it occurred to yours truly, the Chief CP, that this format could also work for our regularly scheduled podcasting efforts, particularly when watching shows that remind us significantly of other television we’ve watched.  After all, originality is at a premium these days, even if presentations and executions vary in degrees of success.

The Vs. panels will, most times, have an odd number of panelists in each session. Why? Because the moderator, me for this episode, will contribute to the debates but will mainly be responsible for timekeeping, tallying winners, and, above all, tie breaking. Then, at the end of each debate, one side of the Vs. contest will be declared the winner in terms of overall success around the question or topic at hand! What’s more, the plan is to couple the audio recording of this feature with some type of video recording, be it of the panelists themselves and/or of a slideshow or presentation with nice pictures and graphics; however, we will not have such video for this episode, though we may add one later, if the right software and/or set of circumstances comes along. So, even though the recording mentions the potential video, there is no video, except our usual still picture version at YouTube. Sorry! Our ambition will hopefully be matched by good conversion software…someday! Or, next time, we’ll just remember to film it.

As such, this episode’s Vs. match pits depictions of historical figures, success of execution of story arcs involving historical events, and success of the overall series of Wolf Hall against what will primarily be the first two season of The Tudors, as Wolf Hall’s depiction of Henry VIII’s reign ended largely with the execution of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and the downfall of Thomas Cromwell, which is ultimately what ended the second season of The Tudors.  To parse out the success of these two series, historically minded CPU! panelists Krista and Laurie return to the Water Cooler to duke it out, ye merry olde style.

To ascertain the winning score – you can scroll down through this post, but it comes with qualifiers best explained by a listen, and the debate is both educational and spicy and so (presumably) also entertaining!  Which series won, and did we all survive in the end?  Take a listen!  This podcast episode was recorded in September 2018.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite), Pinterest (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, our Stitcher Radio channel , and/or find us on Google Play to keep track of brand new episodes.  In the meantime, let us know what you think!  Comment or review us in any of the above forums – we’d love your feedback!

Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly!  Next Wednesday, we will stay across the pond as we launch a new Water Cooler panel. We will talk the first of the two existing seasons of the Netflix bio-drama concerning Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, namely The Crown, in the first episode of a two-part Catch-Up Miniseries moderated by Krista. Stay tuned!

THE FINAL SCORE: 

THE TUDORS: 3
WOLF HALL: 10

NEXT VS.!

CPU! is working on its next Vs. panel!  Details coming soon!

The Tudors is available to stream on Netflix.  Wolf Hall is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

If you have a topic you would like to see and/or hear us debate, let us know! Contact us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com, via our Guestbook here at the website, via our Facebook page, Twitter (@cpupodcast), or Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite).  Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

CPU! Holiday Greetings, 2018!

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A new podcast “mini-sode” of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com.  In this tiny mini-sode, recorded in December 2018, CPU! regular panelists Nick, Sarah, Spencer, Kristin T, Krista, Kelsey, Selene, Amie, Eddie, and Samantha along with Chief Couch Potato Kylie, wish all of our humble podcast’s listeners warm holiday greetings and the happiest of coming new years! We also tease upcoming events and episodes, since Couch Potatoes Unite! will be taking a holiday break this week and next – though on January 2, we will publish our annual Mid-Season Progress Report blog post looking at new pilots and premieres for the 2018-2019 viewing season and will resume new episodes talking the latest and greatest TV on January 9, 2019! Until then, if there are other shows you’re interested in our podcast covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like – and always feel free to say hello! Buh-bye!

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Featuring: “A Christmas Adventure (Part 2)” by TRG Banks, licensed in the public domain:

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/TRG_Banks/TRG_Banks_Christmas_Album/A_Christmas_adventure_Part_2