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.
Episode 9 brings on the torture because Peter thinks there’s a coup afoot! Of course, there is, but he’s not going to find out just yet.
This promo pic shows the colors of Auntie’s fabulous outfit more accurately.
And here’s some of all those sequin & embroidered & fancy details we love so much, in another promo pic. Kendra *hearts* the blue sequins — in a costumey sense.
Full length screencap of Auntie, with her fabulous green stockings. The outfit is pretty much a fantasy costume in terms of embellishment, but it works really well and is cute as hell on Belinda Bromilow.
We also see more of George’s red dress, confirming the existence of the butt bow:
Butt bow confirmed.
Sarah initially really liked this dress because it’s RED, and Charity Wakefield looks amazing in this color. However, finally getting a clear view of it from more than just chest-up, it’s definitely weird and wtf IS actually going on with those sleeves? Kendra thinks the skirt is executed weirdly, too.
Peter gets a fabulous leopard print frock coat.
Nice promo pic of Peter’s grey leopard-print coat, which he’s worn a lot in the series but, hey, we didn’t get a clear screencap of it.
Which, if you weren’t aware, was actually a fad in the mid-to-late-18th century.
Episode 10 starts with Catherine wigged out about being pregnant, while Peter plans her birthday party because he’s suddenly in love with his wife. So cake-tasting with his pals.
Georgina is unexpectedly casual in this peasant-style outfit.
Yet still in the screaming bright red she’s been wearing for most of the series.
Cathy decides to kill Peter and start the coup as a bday gift to herself.
Practice makes perfect!
Cathy has a new dress in a very dark blue, with a hot pink petticoat.
This new dress is exactly like all her others, of course.
Auntie keeps checking Catherine’s pee to see if she’s pregnant, and with this scene, Frock Flicks comes full circle.
At least it shows more of that hot pink petticoat, plus historically accurate stockings with tied garters.
Auntie wore this dress before, but it was mostly covered by a cloak. It’s amazing, & we discuss it on the podcast!
Full-length shot of Auntie’s gown.
After a revealing convo between Catherine and Auntie, Auntie decides to ditch out from the court for a while. Cathy proceeds with her plans, after a wardrobe change.
“I want candy!”
Sure, it’s a vaguely period hairstyle, but we could do better.
It has pockets!
But Cathy’s attempt to stab Peter is foiled by his birthday gift — Voltaire!
Who is one fine foppy dude. We like.
All hell breaks loose as parts of the coup are set off, but nothing goes as planned. Catherine and Peter tussle, and he gets the better of her.
At first, this looked interesting because of the hand-work it revealed. But then, hey! Where’s her corset? 18th-c. stays aren’t cropped above the belly, & no, you can’t easily rip through them. WTF?
Catherine has a big pout, but Voltaire is wise.
Also, love his dark blue clocked stockings.
Love this blue & pink combo.
We were dissatisfied with the ending and discuss it extensively on the podcast. But we give the overall series a solid B grade — enjoyable absurdist history with beautifully designed costumes. We’ll tune in for the second season!
Also, check out these amusing behind-the-scenes photos from IMDB:
More historical stockings & tied garters here!
Must have been from an early episode because the hairstyling is good.
We love Orlov!
Mmmm … donuts …
That’s the end for this season! What did you think of The Great?
The Great Episodes Nine & Ten, Podcast Recap
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