Five minutes into the episode, it became clear that power had not humbled George Warleggan (not that anyone really expected it to anyway). On the contrary, as the episode continued, it seemed that George was in a competition with himself to be the most unfeeling, snobbish and self-serving man in all of Cornwall. If he wasn’t handing out harsh sentences to poor and starving Cornish men, he was trying to force Morwenna into marrying a pompous and quite frankly gross clergyman who he himself didn’t like. I really hope the writers are building the character up for a well-deserved fall from grace, like Joffrey from Game of Thrones because I am desperate to see Warleggan suffer.
Speaking of suffering, it’s clear that Elizabeth is regretting her life choices as she comes closer and closer to an opium addiction. At several moments in this episode, it seemed to me that her conscience from series 1 reemerged, only to then be cast aside by her need for material wealth, Warleggan’s cruelty and of course, the opium. It is truly sad to watch but she made her bed…
Furthermore, this episode saw Demelza and Caroline turn into bandits as they dolled themselves up and swindled rich men into parting with their money in a clever scheme aimed at helping the poor. As a fan of heist movies and those two iconic ladies, the scene was a definite win for me. Especially since it led to a moment where Warleggan had egg on his face from a failed attempt to arrest Ross. Any scene that ends with a Warleggan upset is a winner with me.
However, speaking of upsets, I was a little disappointed with Demelza this week and her opposition to Morwenna and Drake on the grounds of a difference in station. To me, it seemed extremely out of character- has she risen so far that she has forgotten where she came from?
In addition, this episode saw Dwight hit rock bottom as a result of the inhumane conditions in the French prison. It was heartbreaking to see him devote all his energy into to saving this one man, only to have him shot right in front of him for the sole purpose of winning a bet. I really cannot wait for him to rescued, however, will Dwight ever be able to recover from what he has seen? How will his experience effect his relationship with Caroline? Will Dwight ever truly be able to come home?
Lastly, I couldn’t end this review without mentioning Aunt Agatha, who had the best line this week when she gave her reason for not leaving Trenwith. It warms my heart and soul to know that Aunt Agatha remains at Trentwith for the sole purpose of aggravating George. She truly is a woman after my own heart 🙂
So, that’s all for this week’s episode. Feel free to leave a comment, if you have anything to say or add!