Watched the first episode of The Undoing on HBO Max. Probably shouldn't have read one of those "Big twist ending everybody is talking about" headlines first because you can kind of predict what the twist ending might be from the first episode. However, the end of the episode also hints at knowing what the predictable twist ending might be. So maybe that's not it.
Finished watching the latest season of The Crown. The series has now advanced into having a look at Margaret Thatcher as well as at the British royals in the time of the heir apparent's young adulthood and marriage. I can sort of understand why Buckingham Palace is already pretty frosted (or burned up, take yer pick) and apparently wants Netflix to append a disclaimer of sorts, i.e. "fiction based on fact". This even before the next season picks up (with a portrayal of Diana's demise still ahead). Be all that as it may, of course I could not stop watching.
Not sure what I think of it really. I won't say much more because there are enough spoilers out there in the press.
However, we in the USA have Donald Trump, so whatever the British royals have come up with in real life, or whatever dialogue and behind-closed-doors antics the director and producers of The Crown suggest all that lot have said or done, there could be nothing more penny-dreadful and soap-opera worthy than a look behind the scenes of a monstrously narcissistic, pouting "fake king" at the helm of the USA. For instance, who could even make up the idea of protestors floating a Trump-baby balloon over London? The real life Queen must have enjoyed that little respite from press attention to her own travails with a dodgy set of children. She probably hopes she'll live long enough to see Hollywood rake "King Donald" over the coals in his turn.
Still I can see why the palace is not especially pleased by The Crown as it wends its way from the past to however far it dares advance to the present. In fact from the beginning, I had wondered how far they would take it, and apparently the show's creator, Peter Morgan, had second thoughts as well, having announced last January that the series will wrap with a fifth season next year... and not with a sixth as had originally been planned. Probably just as well. I rather dislike drama based on real events when the filmed version practically runs in parallel with the lives of contemporary characters.
Watched My Octopus Teacher on Netflix. Finally a documentary that answers the question can you get emotional over an octopus? Yes, you can. But also pretty much anything scored with a heavy dose of Cello music will tug at your empathy receptors, even a montage of Trump "So not fair" speeches. Cello, will you use it for good or use it for evil?