Sandbox Police – Episode 1

Director: Sharisse Zeroonian

Writer: Sharisse Zeroonian (Screenplay)

Starring: Sharisse Zeroonian, Evan Gabovitch, Amile Zaaf, Stephanie Wang

Plot: Three college graduates continue their college radio show on Zoom in podcast form, Flynn has a unique solution for Charlie to remember not to misplace his phone.

Runtime: 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun First Episode

Story: Sandbox Police starts as three friends Charlie, Flynn and Elle have turned to Zoom to continue their show, each episode is cut into sections where we get to hear different stories including a suggestion on how to help Charlie stop losing his phone, and a personal story about life.

Thoughts on Sandbox Police

Final Thoughts Sandbox Police shows the stories that can go through to help each other in life, giving advice and finding themselves getting into trouble with each other. This is only the pilot episode, which is cut into small chapters, we will have to tune in next time to see if Flynn can get herself out of trouble, she found herself in the end of the episode. Where this episode and idea can become relatable, is the fact, we are dealing and have the same conversations during the problems in the world.

Overall: Entertaining Web Series

Rating

Recap & Review – The Crown Season 3 – Overall Review

Recap & Review – The Crown Season 3 – Overall Review

With the third season of The Crown we jumped the cast forward, with the excellent original cast being replaced by older actors, this was always going to be a difficult task to achieve with such a stunning set of performers. Olivia Colman will get praise and deserves is all, but this season has such a brilliant cast with the big known names like Helena Bonham Carter and Charles Dance showing their experience, the stars like Tobias Menzies and Jason Watkins that have been through the television scene for years and this shows why they are always excellent choices. Add in the newcomers in Josh O’Connor and Erin Doherty we have a complete mix of experience that all performer to the highest levels.

When it comes to the episodes we do start very well with the first three being excellent with the Aberfan one becoming one of the most difficult to watch, one that is emotionally draining, following one from this, everything does seem to goes downhill with a couple of slower episodes, with most of the focus being away from the Queen, instead focusing on the people around her, giving Margaret, Philip and Charles episodes where they are centre stage. The episodes do have a wonderful ability to reflect the situations the family is going through with the incident going on within the world.

If you have watched the first two seasons, you will enjoy this one because with a new cast, we get a fresh approach to the characters at an older stage of their lives, we get to learn history along the way, though certain government problems don’t get discussed enough for my liking. We do also fall into the feeling that each episode is just focused on an incident that they had to get through rather than being a connected by the events that have previously happened between the royal family, which was a flaw I noticed in the second season over the first.

Overall this is just as captivating as the previous seasons, we get a chance to learn about big event mostly in British history, while showing us just how difficult the years in this season were for the Queen after losing some of her most trusted allies.

Rating 9/10

Recap & Review – The Crown Season 3 – Episode 10 Cri de Coeur

Recap & Review – The Crown Season 3 – Episode 10 Cri de Coeur

This episode starts by as Margaret is seeing her marriage fall apart seeing her slip into a depression despite the Queen trying to cheer her up, while the government is turning into a complete mess with neither side managing to get a majority vote off the latest election.

Margaret hosts a birthday party where she declares that she wants her husband banned from all royal functions, turning to social friends to find her own affair on the side with a younger man, one that the tabloids are quick to make front page news of.

The Royal Family has seen its reputation dragged through the papers once again, now Margaret is going to get caught up in the middle messy divorce, as her life spirals out of control. Harold Wilson regains the power of Downing Street, but will need to look to step down, finding his latest replacement and finally showing the respect for each other that the two have often clashed over before, being offered the honour only Winston Churchill had received before.

The Queen is preparing for the next chapter of her career in the palace, with a new prime minster, her sister being the first royal to have a divorce in memory and now a change in the world once again, for the next season.

This episode if a Margaret one which has been long awaited for because she is a delight to watch, Helena Bonham Carter gives us a wonderful performance that finally gets the laughs we were expecting. The troubles could reshape her reign and learning more about who she can trust around her, while seeing the country starting to fall apart, in ways that were completely out of her control.

Rating 9/10

Recap & Review – The Crown Season 3 – Episode 9 Imbroglio

Recap & Review – The Crown Season 3 – Episode 9 Imbroglio

This episode starts with the funeral of Edward the Eighth back in England, as Prince Charles sees his closest Uncle put to rest and starts to see his family looking at him the same way they once looked at his Uncle and his relationship with Camilla isn’t going to make his life any easier.

Queen Elizabeth is working with the Prime Minister Edward Heath to help deal with the miners strike who want the equal pay for their work, one that she sees as one that could end easily, while Edward just wants to stay in control of the situation.

Charles’ relationship becomes the centre conversation between his parents with his mother wanting him to be happy, while Philip doesn’t believe Camilla is the type of woman that you can just marry seeing her as a girl you turn to after time at sea. Lord Mountbatten plays to send Charles on a long-term posting in the Navy, one where he can’t spend any time with Camilla, finally putting a wedge between the lovers.

The Queen however is seeing the Prime Minister losing his battle against the miners, which sees the loss of electricity around the country forcing even the Queen to greet guest in candlelight, as she is also involved in trying to break up the Charles and Anne relationship, planning to push both families away from her own children.

This episode does get to reflect how the Queen herself was almost pushed into marrying somebody other people wanted instead of letting her follow her own heart, she might not make the big decision, but she is left to deal with Charles after the family got involved in his life. This part of the episode is sad to see making you only feel sorry for Charles, while the mining strike side of the episode just doesn’t get enough attention for what is happening in the country.

Rating 7/10

Recap & Review – The Crown Season 3 – Episode 8 Dangling Man

Recap & Review – The Crown Season 3 – Episode 8 Dangling Man

In this episode we pick up with the Duke of Windsor still leaving in exile in Paris, while facing health problems, not giving him much time left. Charles is the one that has visited him seeing how sick he is, keeping in contact with the disgraced uncle.

Princess Anne has her first romance, which the fallout sees Charles meeting his first love Camilla Shand (Emerald Fennell) and the Queen must open up her palace to the latest Prime Minister Edward Heath who suggests making up with her Uncle.

With Charles and Anne both in love with an old couple they need to remain in power of the relationship, while the anniversary of the end of World War II is being remembered in France to reflect on not learning from mistakes of the past, with how the Queen is treating her own Uncle.

This is one of the busiest episodes of the series, we get to see Charles and Anne involved in their first relationships, the Queen facing her own past with her Uncle and former King facing death, as we see how Charles is waiting to step up and be the King he believed his Uncle would have been one day.

This is one where the whole cast get to shine and we give the smaller characters a chance to shine, with Erin Doherty coming into her own here and Princess Anne, and Josh O’Connor once again showing he could be one of the best performers in the series.

Rating 8/10