A year and a half after its buzz-filled debut season, Hulu’s satire of Russian royalty “The Great” is back for its second edition. Elle Fanning title stars Catherine the Great, who at the end of the first season initiated a coup against her misogynistic and vulgar husband Peter, played by Nicolas hoult. Her success is complicated by her pregnancy with their child, however, and the second season finds them navigating their new imbalance of power. All 10 episodes of the second season of “The Great” began airing on November 19.
After earning two Emmy nominations for his first season, including one for series creator and writer Tony mcnamara, “The Great” comes down to, well, great reviews from critics. He currently has a metacritic score of 84, indicating “universal acclaim.” On Rotten Tomatoes, the reviews for Season 2 of “The Great” are high praise and deserves a score of 100% fresh.
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All critics praise “The Great” for its “delicious balance between the elegant and the vulgar” and its “sparkling spirit”. The new season is “insanely good”, with “cleverly vulgar dialogue” and “exceptional jokes”. The star of the show remains his “magnificent” performances. Fanning is “luminous” and “devastating”, and her “gravitas draws attention”. Hoult plays Peter’s mercurial moods “exquisitely” while supporting the player Belinda Bromilow is the “stealth MVP of the second season”, Phoebe Renard is “awesome” and guest-star Gillian anderson “have his last driving role.” Ultimately, the material and performance add up to a “titillating period piece with wonderful costumes to boot”.
The stars of “The Great” have already been acclaimed and awarded for their performances in the first season. The Ensemble and Hoult won SAG Award nominations earlier this year; Hoult has also won Critics Choice and Golden Globe nominations, while Fanning has been named to the Globes and the Television Critics Association. According to our current combined ratings, “The Great” will build on its past success with SAG nominations for Comedy Ensemble, Comedy Actor and Comedy Actress.
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Check out some snippets of some of the critics’ reviews below and join the discussion about ‘The Great’ and more with your fellow TV fans and industry insiders on our forums.
Allison keene (Paste): “What makes the show so great is… that its characters constantly yearn and strive, go wild and cry with a mixture of humor and humanity that is unlike anything else. television… it manages to weave an astonishing amount of pathos. “
Kathryn vanarendonk (Vulture): “What’s even more impressive is how season two turns fate into something poignant and delicate at the end …” The Great “kind of pulls its main characters into a place. of improbable humanity but fully convincing. At the start of the season, it’s hard to imagine taking any of them seriously. In the end, the idea that one of them could betray the other is honestly devastating. “
Saloni Gajjar (AV Club): “There are still a lot of zingers and exciting visuals, but ‘The Great’ blossoms into a big-hearted show and, inevitably, heartbreak for its protagonists and viewers… The second season of ‘ The Great ‘thrives as a dark rom-com with serious consequences. Peter and Catherine are polar opposites, but the once vicious ruler is determined to change for his wife and unborn baby.
John Anderson (Wall Street Journal): Funny, yes, and continues to be … while season 2 seems a bit static – a successful formula inevitably becomes a formula – it [Tony McNamara] has a lot of fertile places to go.
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