‘The Royals’ was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a lot of scandal, which there was, but I wasn’t expecting heart.
The show opens with Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park) partying at a club with a friend and strangers. She’s drinking a lot and doing drugs. She dances on the table and when she falls, theres a person there to snap a shot of underneath her dress, with no panties.
Even Prince Liam (William Moseley) was caught in bed with a girl, the head of security’s daughter, Ophelia. All pretty much what you were expecting, right?
Then Eleanor announces that Robert is dead, her brother, the future King of England. Now Liam is the future King of England.
Everything after that, was not what I was expecting.
Princess Eleanor is a party girl, but there’s a lot more going on then meets the eye and she doesn’t have it all together, like she pretends. If the opening scandal wasn’t bad enough, by the end of the episode, she’s in a worse state.
Liam get’s introduced as a guy who hooks up with girls, but really it’s just a start of a relationship and he’s nothing like his sister Eleanor. Though I’m sure becoming the next King of England is going to have an affect on him.
Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) was exactly what I expected. She’s a bitch and cares very much about the image her family is portraying on the people. In the case of her daughter, I can’t blame her, but in the case of her son, I think she should just let him be.
Helena is going to be a lot of fun. I’m sure she’s going to be causing some of the drama, but I’m also wondering how she’s dealing with the loss of her son. She won’t let herself cry in public because she believes the Queen of England doesn’t get to grieve the loss of her son.
King Simon (Vincent Regan) really causes a stir when he announces to his family that he wants to abolish the monarchy. No one in the family takes this news very well, but you’ll see more personal reactions as the episode goes on.
Simon wants more for his kids than the royal life. He wants them to find love.
A big mystery is how Prince Robert died. All that is revealed is that he died in military action, but something tells me there’s more to it than that.
I was expecting a lot of scandal and drama, but not much depth. At least not from all the previews that I’ve watched. The show that I’ve watched is a lot better than that. It ponders the future of the monarchy and what the pressures of being roality does to the family.
E! has really done a great job with its first scripted series.