'The Crown' Season 5 Episode 1 Recap: A Storm Brews in Buckingham Palace

By Sakshi

 Nov 9,2022

Season 5's opening episode sets the scene for the chaos that afflicted The House of Windsor in the 1990s.

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Anchors are weighing in anticipation of The Crown Season 5, one of the first episodes following the passing of prince Phillip along with Queen Elizabeth herself. 

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And the boy was it an ocean filled with nautical metaphors. 

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In honor of the episode and the rich British maritime heritage, I'll try my best to let loose an entire fleet of my own in this review.

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The creator Peter Morgan frames Episode 1, "Queen Victoria Syndrome," with the need to modernize the old royal yacht Britannia that desperately requires repairs. 

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It's a logical (if not too obvious) option considering Britain's long history as an island country and an obvious symbol for the season's main theme. 

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Is the monarchy, a defunct remnant of the past has outlived its value? What's more important is: can it be saved?

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The season starts with a mid-century-style newsreel featuring an adolescent queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) at the Brittania's launch/naming ceremony. 

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She delivers a short speech before a large and enthusiastic crowd, in which she talks about her hope that the ship as well as their queen is able to "weather any storm" (ahoy the initial nautical metaphor!). 

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