This week’s episode of Poldark is definitely my favourite so far in the series! It had everything from witty one-liners and daring rescue attempts to shameless social climbing and devastating heart break.
Realising that all my reviews of late haven’t been marked as having spoilers in them, I’ve decided that from now on I’ll now declare that fact at the beginning so no one has the episode ruined for them. So, you’ve been warned!!!
This week’s episode began on a fairly happy and hopeful note. Caroline was in high spirits over the possibility of Dwight being rescued by Loyalists whilst Morwenna was all smiles at Trenwith with Drake and Geoffrey Charles. It would do anyone good to be away from George Warleggan and the creepy Reverend Whitworth (Christian Brassington).
However, if I have learned anything from watching TV, it’s that happiness rarely ever lasts and it is usually followed by some kind of tragic event. And that formula was proved accurate again as the sad times just kept on rolling in.
It began with the breakup of Morwenna and Drake after Aunt Agatha joined the likes of Demelza and Sam to counsel against the pairing. At least Aunt Agatha didn’t use the excuse of their different stations this time because that argument is really beginning to grate on my nerves. Demelza did just fine, so why is Drake any different? Furthermore, even though the “Warleggan is a dick” excuse made sense, I still found myself asking- what more could that pompous twat really do? However, something tells me I’ll soon find out.
The next batch of tragic events came in the form of the news that the Loyalist landing was unlikely to be successful in freeing the POWs. As a result, Ross came up with a daring plan to sail to the coast and break Enys out of prison. It was a brilliant scene that led to the Dwight’s liberation but the cost was great. Captain Henshawe (John Hollingworth) was fatally shot, his body left behind on the Continent. It was devastating to see one of Ross’ most Ride and Die friends die but I suppose it had to happen. If everyone came back from such a dangerous mission without any real casualties or injuries then it wouldn’t really seem all that dangerous.
But there were some happy events in this episode such as the cute reunion between the Caroline and Dwight- though I wonder how long that happy moment will last. Moreover, the rescue attempt resulted in the liberation of Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) whose powerful uncle will make an useful ally for Ross, who has a desperate need for friends in high places.
Additionally, it looks as if Elizabeth is coming back around as she is clearly taking no joy in George Warleggan’s attempts to demean Ross. It’s a shame that it took an opium addiction for her to come round…
So, here’s my review on the episode. Feel free to leave a comment!