The Crown – Season Four – Episode 4 – Favourites
Plot: While Margaret Thatcher struggles with the disappearance of her favourite child, Elizabeth re-examines her relationship with her four children.
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Favourites starts when Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) learns her son Mark (Freddie Fox) has gone missing in the Dakar Rally, with people helping her search the Sahara for him, she is given her own public problem of the Falklands, as Great Britain and Argentina start their dispute over an island, which soon starts to escalate. Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) finds herself confused by the concept that a parent would have a favourite child, with Philip Duke of Edinburgh (Tobias Menzies) knowing his Princess Anne (Erin Doherty), Elizabeth calls for meetings with all four of their children, to figure out if she in fact has her own favourite.
Thoughts on The Crown – Season Four – Episode 4 – Favourites
Thoughts – Favourites will give us what could easily be described as a filler episode for the Queen side of everything, with this episode being more about her trying to figure which is her favourite child, given us the first couple of visits from Prince Edward and Prince Andrew. Where this episode shines is by putting the spotlight on the Margaret Thatcher dealing with her own problems, with her missing son and the impending conflict in the Falklands, learning that her own personal distractions, that will see her own cabinet not being able to step in through the problems. We get to see how the strong-minded Thatcher will wanting to make a difference, which will see her going against her own decisions when it comes to the conflict.
Final Thoughts – Favourites might well be the weakest episode so far, it does continue to show the excellent Gillian Anderson rising the levels of every scene she is in. 3/5