Then Catherine set off to meet her new husband, Emperor Peter III of Russia (Nicholas Hoult), and everything changed. Fanning is delightful to watch as an anxious yet impassioned Catherine, but it’s Hoult who establishes the Rambo Face Mask All He Wanted Was A Haircut vintage shirt also I will do this show’s deliberately off-kilter tone early on, greeting his new wife with a cruel dismissal and leading his army of sycophants in laughter. Hoult’s Peter is a cosseted, crude man-boy, and as beastly as he is—he meets Fanning’s demureness with equal and opposite sleaze—the result is uproariously good TV.
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