The Great – Recap Episodes 7 & 8


We’re excited enough by Hulu’s comedic version of Catherine the Great that we’re recapping and podcasting the series. Pour yourself a cocktail, because we don’t expect to take The Great (2020) too seriously! Here’s our screencaps to follow along with our costume analysis in this week’s podcast. Catch up with previous episodes here.







We’ll be back in two weeks with episodes nine & ten!



The Great Episodes Seven & Eight, Podcast Recap

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8 Responses

  1. Sam Marchiony

    They literally just confirmed today that they’re getting a season two, so, that should be fun. Hopefully the hair/wigs team will be using their time in quarantine to do more research and up their game!

  2. Yosa Addiss

    What gets me about the costumes is how poor everyone looks. Where is the lace? the ruffles? This is exactly the period to go OTT with ruffles for comedic effect and instead they are sweating into their silks because they don’t have shirts under anything. CtG with so few dresses? with all the great rentals available? Disappointing.

    • Alexander

      I agree 100% with you over the “sweating into their silks because they don’t have shirts under anything.” Lol! I so often thought how uncomfortable it would be to wear many of the costumes they were dressed in, the way they were inappropriately layered… and how inappropriate it all looked for a vast and properly fairly draft ridden palace in an often colder climate. :D

    • Lauren

      Yeah, this is exactly what I thought!! I don’t mind some stuff being inaccurate (for example I really loved the flowery formal gown Catherine wore again in this episode) but a lot of these costumes don’t fit the story or characters at all! If they’re gonna go full fantasy costumes, they should at least make them over the top and fun!

  3. Shashwat

    Is Catherine’s hairstyle accurate though?That “perfectly styled in the back with a lock of wavy hair on my shoulder” is the most wannabe middle 18th century hairstyle I see in movies,but I have never managed to find a single visual source for it.It is all up in the back,smooth,or braided and looped up with the variations and wackiness occuring on the top of the head with the end of the braid instead of near the nape.Atleast here they are doing it more sensibly with the tendril pony tail starting in the back,otherwise certain films copy it with the ponytail coming from the side of the chignon bun(that looks like a hairpiece worn askew)or just ye olde half ponytail.
    The actresses aren’t even wearing stays.More like braces in synthetic matherial. WITH NO CHEMISE UNDERNEATH .

    • Colleen

      The thing is that The Great isn’t historically accurate and that’s their disclaimer at the start of each episode. I couldn’t get past the second episode but not because of the inaccuracies (which I am a huge stickler about), but because it was just so dang deplorable.

      • Shashwat

        Yes!Certain inaccuracies such as wrong lineages and dates are not funny but irritating.But the acting(especially Elle,a welcome relief after playing so many shrinking violets) and the ending episodes are good.Episode 3-5 were a drag despite so many plot developments because the “vision” felt incoherent with the mood.Costuming is the least of its problems because though they are repetitive and less than grand,atleast they are pretty to look at,generally accurate silhouettes,mostly excellent fitting and the silks used are lovely.

  4. Charity

    I’m finally watching these and… I snorted really loud when her lover was out jogging in that century’s “version of a hoodie.” AHAHAHA. But I admit, I laughed way harder at the Swedish king being yet another asshat.


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