Review: Thoroughly Modern ‘Victoria,’ Still Nursing That Crush

Rufus Sewell’s portrayal of Lord Melbourne was the best thing about the  the premiere episode of Masterpiece’s “Victoria.” Overall, the pacing in the episode  one was a bit weird, and the look recalls a tv perfume commercial from the ’70s, “Your Windsong® stays on my mind…” However, the growing tension/attraction between Lord M and Victoria kept it interesting. I’ll be watching part 2, but I want to see at least some heavy petting from the height-challenged queen and Lord Dreamboat by the end of the episode! Read the New York Times Review below, and as Chuck Berry sang, “Go, Go,Go! Little Queenie!” 
– Johnny Foreigner


Disney had the princess game to itself for a while, but recently there’s been some competition. From real princesses. Why resort to computer-animated Polynesian or Nordic teenagers when you can watch a tale of empowerment and agency about a young woman who actually became queen of the United Kingdom?

First, Netflix gave us “The Crown,” 10 sumptuous and slightly stuffy episodes about the woman who would become Queen Elizabeth II. Now PBS jumps back a century for “Victoria,” eight episodes about Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother, beginning on Sunday on “Masterpiece.”

And while sumptuous still applies, stuffy is not a word that in any way describes “Victoria,” [ . . .  ] Read the full NY Times Review

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