Diana's ghost in the new season of The Crown divides critics
The sixth season of the royal drama "The Crown" depicts the events of the late 1990s, including the death of Princess Diana.
In the four recently released series, Diana's ghost appears to Prince Charles and the Queen.
This detail has divided the critics in two. Someone for example writes:
"The series obsessed with Diana is the very definition of a bad screenplay."
The last few seasons have met with a lot of criticism in fact.
"It began to decline in the third season, completely lost its balance during the next two and is now falling into the abyss," writes critic Lucy Mangan of The Guardian.
However, the performance of the actors is given its due due to the good acting.
Even The Telegraph's Anita Singh echoes The Guardian's sentiment, writing that the 'Netflix series is headed for a dead end' as the new season is 'haunted by the strange ghost of Princess Diana'.
So again the problem is the ghost.
Singh also criticized the car crash scene, writing: 'The chaos of Diana and Dodd's last day in Paris is shown, but there are no scenes inside the Pont d'Alma tunnel. We went from the sound of the crash, to the phone ringing at Balmoral. All the dialogue in which someone breaks the news of Diana's death is dubbed; their mouths move silently and we focus on the reactions. Why should we leave this scene to our imagination?
Even The Times criticizes the idea of "Diana's ghost".
However, everyone continues to praise Elizabeth Debicki's performance as Diana, calling it outstanding.
"The sensitivity with which she portrays the last eight weeks of Diana's life and the likeness to Diana is remarkable, that bow of the head, a slightly haunted, lonely soul," they write.
Variety considers Diana and Dodd's relationship, writing, "Morgan doesn't offer a whirlwind romance, but a depiction of a comforting friendship that was just beginning to blossom and was strained by public perception and family obligations."
And Empire praises the new season, saying: “This is the most emotional it's ever been, using a mix of tears, real-life footage and 'ghosts' of Princess. However you feel about these ghosts — who represent both Dodd and Diana — the fourth episode remains memorable and is what elevates the season as a whole.”
The new season covers the media frenzy surrounding Diana and Dodd's relationship, which culminated in a paparazzi chase that caused the car they were both in to crash into a tunnel in Paris. Both died on August 31, 1997, along with the driver of the car, Henri Paul.
The series also portrays the immediate events following the fatal car crash, including reactions and responses from the Queen, to Al Fayed (Dod's father) and Prince William as they try to reintegrate into life after the event.