Not digging this season so far, despite how much I was looking forward to it. The show had its bad moments before, but it's like Peter Morgan has now followed his worst instincts as a writer and constructed a series entirely of bad moments. (Is Julian Fellowes his role model?)
I do believe Margaret and Johnson could have bonded over their shared "subordinated in the shadows" history. (Although let's be accurate: Johnson was subordinated in the shadows for all of three years. Before that, he was the most powerful man in the Senate, and before that, a rising power in the House of Representatives. I'm sure it rankled him to be so disrespected as Kennedy's VP, but he was accustomed to real power, unlike Margaret.)
What I don't believe is that Margaret would have shit-talked Kennedy at that dinner, or that LBJ would have tolerated her doing it for a second.
I also didn't buy, at all, the whole limerick sequence. Some cursory research bears out that this never happened. But the more serious problem is not that it's fictional, it's that it's so unconvincingly fictional.
Finally, to my own surprise, I'm not liking Olivia Colman in this as much as I thought I would, based on how much pleasure she's brought me in other roles. Her queen feels recycled to me. I see the monarch she played in The Favourite. I see the step-mom she played in Fleabag. I see a bit of her real persona as she projects in person. I see a lot of mannerisms that scream Olivia Colman. What I don't see is a fully inhabited and convincing character, in a performance that I wish rose to the level of the ones she gave (as very different characters) in The Night Manager and Broadchurch.
I hope Episode 3 brings me back in the fold.