July 30, 2017

Poldark 3 Episode 8 recap

Tristan Sturrock as Zacky Martin and Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark 

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Poldark series 3 episode 8 review: Ross and Demelza grow apart but will Drake get Morwenna back? 

Judas, as they say in these parts, that was an interesting episode.
It may have been bereft of major incident or death but it was still action-packed. And most importantly it shone an intriguing light into many of the characters’ hearts.
Or in the case of Aidan Turner’s Ross, it sort of did. Our hero appeared to have what would in modern terms be called a mature and honest conversation with his neglected wife Demelza. He had just seen Elizabeth in the church where they had been visiting Agatha’s grave and the two of them had had a heart-to-heart followed by a chaste(-ish) kiss.
But did he confess? Did he heck. Ross appeared to tell Demelza what he was feeling – that he had the ghost of a love for Elizabeth but that he was happy and content in his new marriage and was a new man.
But he said nothing of the sort.
The confession we saw was a fantasy with writer Debbie Horsfield pulling the rug from under us viewers, just as she did with the death of Francis (when he appeared to be saved from drowning only for us to realise that it was some sort of dream before he carked it).
So Ross essentially lied to Demelza, said he was sorting granite for Agatha’s grave and reported nothing of the kiss. He's a complicated hero, our Mr P.
And in Poldark these things have a habit of coming back to bite characters on the bottom. Because lurking near the church gate was the unmistakeable figure of Beatie Edney’s Prudie who witnessed the intimate exchange between Ross and his erstwhile lover.
Ghastly George Warleggan also found out a few things about his wife. He consulted Dr Enys about the details of Valentine’s birth – wracked as he is with doubt over Agatha’s last words suggesting that the child is not his and someone else “got there first”.
“Damn you Ross, damn your blood,” George spat at his arch enemy in one of their many bar room tiffs (they like squaring off in pubs, those two). And it was a remark which was clearly double-edged: by his blood he clearly means young Valentine.
But being George he didn’t talk to his wife – merely cold-shouldered her and the wee whelp.
Although of course he had other things on his mind, namely what Brenda from Bristol (in more recent times) would have called “another” blimming election. But this one offered up some tasty plot developments.
George had been elected as the Burgess' radical candidate of change in Cornwall and – to add to the irony – old right winger Lord Falmouth approached Ross to be his man.
Of course stubborn Ross would have been far better as the Burgess’ choice and it is hard to see him acquiescing with a toff who feels the “menials" have their place (by which he means on the ground, scrabbling in the dirt for a crust).
The terrible Osborne/Morwenna marriage is also going in a dangerous direction. Osborne keeps forcing himself on his poor wife and was actually caught praying for "a suitable replacement" while she suffering the agonies of labour. I may be wrong but this is not conduct straight out of the new man’s guide to being a good husband.
Quite what Morwenna’s sister Rowella is up to, though, is another question, with her constant flirtation with her toe-sucking toe-rag brother-in-law. Is she trying to keep him away from her sister by satisfying Ossie's (as he seems to be called these days) lust?
Still, Ossie definitely has a rival. Drake’s fires of passion have been rekindled – and we saw him mooning outside Ossie Towers. Will he have the courage to make a swoop? And how can he get Ossie out of the way? Perhaps Rowella will get him into such a state he expires. One can only hope.
Probably least interesting are the flickerings of Hugh Armitage’s desire for Demelza. It’s not a story that has massively gripped me to be honest – his swooning, poems and sketches seem a little hackneyed. And it is a story we seemed to have seen already in the last series when Demelza was getting all that attention from Captain McNeil.
Although the tension Hugh’s ardour seems to have exposed in Ross and Demelza's marriage is interesting.
The fireside scene where she confided to her husband that she would be up for a fling was bold, daring and rather modern. Question is: has she got the chops for it? And will Ross stand up for his marriage? It's about time he did...

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza and Josh Whitehouse as Hugh Armitage

Recap with SPOILERS from The Telegraph HERE
Cap'n Ross

July 23, 2017

Poldark 3, Episode 7

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Source: Poldark series 3, episode 7 review: Putting the Schwing! into Swingometer

Every telly viewer knows the rule of Chekhov’s Gun: don’t put the gun on the stage in Act One unless you’re going to fire it in Act Three.

So when an episode of Poldark begins with grizzly old Tholly (Sean Gilder) announcing that he’s the new gravedigger, you can be pretty sure someone’s going to be at the dirt-end of his spade before the Ten O’ Clock News barges in. Chekhov’s Gun has become Chekhov’s Shovel.
The question is, who’s going to be at the end of that shovel?
You’d love it to be Osborne, wouldn’t you? Not only has he got Morwenna (Ellise Chappell) pregnant, the insatiable sex hippo threatens to beat her when she won’t retreat to the bed for a few minutes under him. And that’s putting it in a far more delicate way than the show does.

Christian Brassington embraces Osborne’s larger-than-life nature with gusto as he sweats and swaggers with all the charm of defrosting meat. He’s a pantomime villain in pantaloons – a preening bully, one who isn’t content to be a lascivious bastard to Morwenna, but also her sister, and her feet.

His rushing off after catching a glimpse of her stocking-clad tootsies is the show’s first masturbation joke, and it isn’t a subtle one.

It’s fair to say that nuance isn’t a word that Poldark knows, but something it is really good at is the little moments. Ones which let you take a second from all the melodrama but without losing the theme of it. The sight of a dandelion blowing in the breeze, the shots of mist rolling in along the coast, the sea beating the cliffs. It’s like televisual Pointillism – all those little bits that you can take in and then step back from to see the big picture.

That big picture this week is political. Don’t worry if you’re still suffering from Referendum or Election fatigue, because Poldark politics puts the schwing into Swingometer. Sir Francis Basset (John Hopkins), who sadly is not from the Liquorice Allsorts dynasty, wants Ross to become the new candidate for Parliament. Could we soon be hearing the chant of “Oh, Ross Poldark!” among the locals? Will he be admitting to scything topless through a field of wheat?

No, because Ross is – to alliterate wildly – a person of principle, not a party’s political puppet. “Power is pursued for its own sake, rather than the good it can do,” he says, with Aidan Turner giving it the kind of conviction that you wish your real elected leaders had.

It’s the kind of nobility the show has worked hard to remind the audience over its few years, and which has had to be rebuilt ever since that moment in series 2. Ross is the man who’ll always defer to the greater good.

Yet even after years of marriage Demelza still somehow hasn’t cottoned onto that. She’s tired of him mine-splaining and Pol-dicking about without consulting her. Perfectly understandable, but surely the moment he sailed off to Revolutionary France on an A-Team suicide mission was the time to get mad about not consulting her?

Ahh, but this is the show setting up an excuse for Demelza to return the affections of naval puppy Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse), who pursues Mrs. Poldark with all the charm and subtlety of a teenager using his privates as a divining rod. His advances are claw-your-own-face-off awkward to watch, but perhaps what’s even more awkward is that Demelza doesn’t shoot him down.

Speaking of things being shot down, Aunt Agatha’s centenary shindig gets cancelled by George in a scene so OTT it’s a wonder it doesn’t gush out of your screen and leave a weird stain your carpet.

“There. Will. Be. No. Party,” he enunciates at her, and you wonder how Jack Farthing can keep a straight face while trying to deliver such a daft sentence so seriously. Agatha can’t help but rise to it. The one thing better than watching Ross and George trade verbal blows is watching Agatha and George have at it.

It’s an argument that George arguably wins, seeing as he doesn’t die soon after it. Aunt Agatha passes, filled with regret for blabbing about the baby. The music swells, the baby cries, George makes a Faustian pact with Sir Francis Basset. It’s melodrama of the highest order and classic Poldark viewing.

So farewell then to Caroline Blakiston, who has always been such a treat to watch, her Agatha acerbically cutting through the treacle and the trauma like a card-playing Greek chorus. It’s a shame we’ll not have her to snark at the bad times that are clearly coming.

Things just keep getting worse in Poldark. Is anyone going to be happy? Or are people just going to be miserably shagging people they’re not meant to be with, or meeting the dirt-end of Tholly and Chekhov’s shovel? It makes you yearn for the simple days of worrying about Ross’s mine. Poldark remains the gold-standard of Sunday night telly, but right now it’s hardly a feel-good watch.

Poldark continues next Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

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July 02, 2017

Poldark 3 Episode 4

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