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I wouldn’t call the finely drawn characters on heroes, but they’re not antiheroes either.They’re just wealthy house cats, batting around expensive balls, bumping up against the roiling mid-century before drowsily retiring to the palace. It’s often fascinating, watching how creator and royals obsessive Peter Morgan reconciles the facts of the real world with his fantasy.
It’s why the Jackie Kennedy episode is such a kick, watching Lilibet squirm in the face of this glamorous, new-era New Worlder.
There’s something annoying about the show, its almost meta obliviousness.
It’s quite like Queen Elizabeth II herself: imperiously, ruthlessly dedicated to the preservation of the old ways.
Yet despite all that, I find the show pretty bloody compelling.
I’m not rooting for Elizabeth (Claire Foy), exactly.