Episode Title: Gelignite
Original Air Date: November 4, 2016
Episode Number: 1×06
Margaret and Peter come to Elizabeth with a request. With a royal scandal about to break in the newspapers, the Queen Mother intervenes.
I appreciate that the series is introducing us to characters other than Elizabeth, but six episodes in and I feel like we still haven’t learned much about her. I expected this show to be about Elizabeth and her reign, not to know more about the royal family. Having said that, I still truly love and enjoy this show, but my expectations were not fully met. Then again, there are four more episodes so maybe those will shift the focus on Elizabeth and her relationship with the Prime Minister and the responsibilities that come with being the Sovereign.
I sympathize with Margaret, but Elizabeth was put in a very difficult position. I don’t doubt for one second that she would have gotten eviscerated by the media either way for her decision. She really could have waited 48 hours for Margaret and Peter to at least say goodbye to each other, though. But she put Tommy in charge of deploying Peter to Brussels and that man is efficient as hell.
Speaking of, that scene with Tommy telling Peter that he’s leaving for Brussels in a few hours was cold. Tommy was fucking stone cold and pretty ruthless. He wasn’t backing down at all.
How cool was it to see how phone calls were made back then? I wonder how long it took for that Rhodesia to London call? And were all those people listening in on Elizabeth and Margaret’s last phone conversation? Is the royal family aware that their phone conversations are not entirely confidential?
Was anyone shocked when Peter called Elizabeth “Lilibet” on the plane when they went back to England? I sure was. Talk about breaking protocol. I’m surprised Elizabeth didn’t have much of a reaction to it.