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Poldark Series 3 Episode 9 Review

All good things must come to an end, including this series of Poldark. It definitely went out with a bang as all the tension built up over the course of the series exploded, leaving no character untouched- well perhaps the Enys’.

The first victim was the Reverend Whitworth who saw himself swindled out of a great deal of money by Morwenna’s sister, Rowella. Rowella claimed that she pregnant with Whitworth’s child and used this to extort money out of him in order to keep his transgression away from the Bishop. It was great to see the Reverend squirm as Rowella blackmailed him. I doubt she was even pregnant lol! Furthermore, Rowella’s actions caused Morwenna to stand up to the gross Reverend once and for all! It was glorious!

The second victim was Drake, who on the George’s orders, received a beating at the hands of Tom Harry (Turlough Convery). George Warleggan had been harassing Drake at his forge for no reason other than the fact that it was situated near his estate. Fed up of waking up to his forge being vandalised he went to Trenwith to appeal to Elizabeth to make it stop. However, on his way out, he was attacked and left for dead by Tom Harry. His beating was brutal, made even more so by the fact that it was done out of spite for Ross and Demelza.  This character has suffered so much at the hands of George that I really hope that in the next series, he finds happiness (hopefully with Morwenna).

The next person to be touched by the explosion that was this episode of Poldark was George Warleggan. Admittedly, I cannot see many people shedding a tear over this, however, I must say that Jack Farthing really brought the emotion to the point where I almost felt sorry the character. Elizabeth, fed with up with George’s paranoia and cruelty, threatened to end their marriage. This resulted in a display of vulnerability that the viewers have never seen from the character. In fact, it was so unlike George, that I found myself wondering whether he could change and become a semi-decent human. But I was wrong as he quickly reverts to his old, conniving ways by the end of the episode. Safe to say, George Warleggan will not be turning over a new leaf any time soon.

Lastly, Ross Poldark himself, could not escape the tidal waves that came out of this episode. Demelza, tired of Ross’ lies and negligence, decided to succumb to the advances from Hugh Armitage to Ross’ obvious despair. On one hand, I really do feel sorry for Ross as two wrongs to not make a right. On the other hand, he really did have this coming as one can only be neglected and ignored for so long. Yet, there is a glimmer of hope for the character as it seems that he will finally stepping up in the next series. Gone is the passive Poldark as he resolves to finally stand up to George on behalf of the common folk of Cornwall. If only he could have realised the error of his ways sooner…

So what did you think of the finale? Leave a comment below 🙂

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Poldark Series 3 Episode 8 Review

For the first time ever I can truly say that I felt a tiny bit sorry for George Warleggan. The question mark over the parentage of his child must be agonising. Ross and Elizabeth’s actions were completely wrong and selfish. However, my sympathy for him quickly died as soon as he became the member of Parliament for Truro. He quickly reverted back to the nasty, spiteful and cruel man that we have come to know.

Speaking of cruel, it’s become impossible to see Reverend Whitoworth as anything else. I mean what kind of person prays for their wife’s death whilst she’s giving birth to your baby?? And he’s supposed to a be a man of the cloth!! There is no redemption for this character and I am hoping to see him get his comeuppance the episodes to come. And I have a sneaking suspicion that Morwenna’s sister Rowella will be the one to deliver it. Although, I am curious to see what form it will take because her actions are completely confusing to me.

Another character who irritated me this week was Ross Poldark. The man who can never make up his mind on who he truly loves. But he better decide quickly because Demelza is starting to look elsewhere for the attention and respect that she deserves. Hugh Armitage continued his romantic advances this week with all the subtlety of a fire truck. But unlike last week, it seems Demelza is more receptive to his charms. So will she or won’t she? That is the question…

And lastly, Sam Carne is smitten with Emma (Ciara Charteris). So much so, in fact, that he decides to propose to her! In all honesty, I don’t see how a relationship between the two of them could work and it’s clear that Emma agrees with me as she declined his generous yet premature offer. I can’t help but think that the proposal was only the beginning of their love story and they are far from done with each other…

So what did you think of this week’s episode? Leave a comment below or a like if you liked this review! 🙂

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Poldark Series 3 Episode 7 Review 

If you thought last week’s episode was filled with tradegy and despair, then you will extremely saddened to hear that episode 6 was even worse. Joyful moments were few and far between this week as tragedy left no character untouched (well maybe Dwight and Caroline)

Arguably, the person who suffered the most was the newlywed Morwenna since her gross and vomit inducing husband turned out to be worse than we could have all imagined. In addition, to being greedy, arrogant and repulsive, the Reverend Whitworth is also abusive, which leads me to believe that this character has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It’s a shame that Morwenna cannot leave this horrible man and run away with Drake, especially now that she is pregnant. However, the arrival of her sister may prove to her saving grace as Rowella (Esme Coy) seems to have a more confrontational attitude than her sister. 

Furthermore, it seems that Ross and Demelza are going through another rough patch in their relationship as Delemza is growing tired of Ross’ stubborn nature. Honestly, at times it seems that Ross is his own worst enemy. If he had stood as a candidate for Truro in Parliament, then he could have tried to make things better for the poor in Cornwall from inside the system. However, he decided it was better to complain about things from the outside and turned down the position. On one hand, it could be argued that this a noble decision by the character, the likes of which, we as an audience, have become acustomed to and would usually respect. On the other hand, his decision led to George Warleggan swooping in to become the candidate instead. Knowing George, this will not be something that the good people of Truro will benefit from. In addition, it became apparent that Demelza feels neglected by Ross as he is becoming more and more insular. It’s not helping that a certain Hugh Armitage is spouting poetry and sending contemporary chat up lines her way. Ross Poldark better be careful that another man doesn’t run away with his wife! It’s time he realised how lucky he is to have Demelza!

Additionally, the most heartbreaking thing to happen this episode was the death of Aunt Agatha. The blame for this lies solely at the feet of George Warleggan who effectively robbed Aunt Agatha of her will to live by cancelling her birthday party. Moreover, I don’t think starving her and refusing her basic human rights helped either. And this was all so he could feel like a “big man”, finally getting his revenge on the mean old lady. This is the character’s lowest and most pathetic act of the entire show and I honestly can’t wait for karma to drag the dick right back down to earth. Of course, the magnificent Aunt Agatha played by Caroline Blakiston couldn’t leave without laying down some home truths. In her final moments, she hinted to George that he may not be Valentine’s father, an act that visibly hit George where it hurts. Although, a small part of me can’t help but wonder whether she went a little too far…

In attempts to end this review on a high, I have to mention how nice it was to see Caroline and Dwight both super happy and officially wedded. After all the strife and separation, it was heartwarming to see them happy and healthy. Furthermore, it was a welcome sight indeed to see Sam Carne (Tom York) exhibit emotion like a real person. I can’t wait so see if he gets together with the pirate’s daughter. Maybe he’ll become less of a killjoy!!

So, what did you think of this weeks episode? Leave a comment below with your thoughts! 😊

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Poldark Series 3 Episode 6 Review

Whilst watching Sunday’s episode of Poldark I was reminded of two things:

  1. Aunt Agatha is a boss
  2. George Warleggan is a dick

It seemed like this episode was George Warleggan’s turn to ‘win’ against Ross in their endless and pointless feud. Of course, whenever Ross wins, everybody cheers because the poor people are given food and work, good men are rescued and everyone is generally better off for it. However, when George wins, it’s an entirely different story. In this episode, George’s win saw a Drake being locked up and almost sentenced to death for ‘theft’, even though, the object in question was almost certainly gifted. But, the slimy social climber did spare Drake’s life… only to condemn Morwenna to lifetime of despair as the wife of that repulsive clergyman. This was all in effort to improve his own social standing! It just goes to show the lengths that George Warleggan will go to buy what he can’t inherit. 

As a result, this episode seemingly marked the tragic end for Morwenna and Drake’s burgeoning relationship which is a huge shame, especially since everything was going well for the pair. But you never know what the future will hold, so maybe there’s hope for these characters. 

Furthermore, another example of tragedy and broken relationships was that of Caroline and Dwight. The recently reunited newlyweds seem to be in some difficulty since Dwight has come back from the French prison. He’s suffering from PTSD, something that Caroline and most of her contemporaries are unable to understand nor treat. However, with some encouragement from Hugh Armitage and Ross Poldark, Dwight is able to open up and tell Caroline about his trauma. This was a sweet scene to see, I really hope that these guys get the moment of happiness and joy that they truly deserve.

Now whilst there was a lot of despair and tragedy in this weeks episode, their was also a lot of laughs too- mainly involving Toads and Aunt Agatha. 

Aunt Agatha continues to the real MVP of the series as her witty dialogue and useful insights make her the best character in the show. It’s especially fun to watch her mock George. Although, judging from the preview of next week’s episode, will she go too far?

Overall, this was a good episode and I can’t wait to see what happens next. But did you think of this episode? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below 😊😊

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    Poldark Series 3 Episode 5 Review

    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!

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    Poldark Series 3 Episode 4 Review

    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!

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    Poldark Episode 2 & 3 Review

    The last 2 episodes of Poldark have been emotional rollercoasters that had me either on the verge of tears or howling with laughter. So, as a result of this (and the fact I completely forgot to review it earlier), this post will contain a two reviews on the last two episodes.

    Episode 2 

    This episode saw the the return of Verity (Ruby Bentall) with her baby. Her visit was a welcome sight to the characters and audience alike. However, the happiness over her return to Cornwall and our screens was quickly replaced with sadness by the revelation that there’d been an accident and her husband was possibly lost sea along with Dwight. Honestly, Verity is such a pure and loyal character who deserves absolute happiness but rarely receives it, so when it came to light that Capain Blamey (Richard Harrington) was still alive, I was genuinely happy for the character. However, Caroline had no such luck with Dwight still missing and his fate unknown at the end of the episode.

    Furthermore, the episode mostly revolved around the search for the two missing seamen, which in turn provided us with a brilliant scene at a party where Demelza expertly slaps down George Warleggan with the dry wit that’s we all have come to love in the Poldark series. Also, it was quite funny to see Poldark turning down the newly vacant position of magistrate, only for Warleggan to take it. I love seeing George, once again, play second fiddle to Ross. However, I can’t help but feel that Warleggan in such a powerful position will not be good for anyone, poor or rich.

    The episode ends with Ross sailing off to France in search of Dwight, leaving his pregnant wife alone to deal with everything. It seems I spoke too soon about Ross’ reckleness being a thing of the past. Although, it is a journey to find and save Dwight, so I suppose, I can let it slide this time.

    Episode 3

    This episode has two main plot arcs: the search for Dwight in France and the search for a church in Cornwall.

    In France, Ross runs into trouble with the French authorities and is forced to leave whilst looking for news of Dwight. And as it looks like Ross might leave having failed to find news of him, he bravely (and recklessly) decides to stay behind to give the search one last go. He does, of course, eventually get word on Dwight (He’s alive, yaaay!) but in staying in France against the recommendation of the French authorities he becomes somewhat of a fugitive. This leads to a tense action scene where an outnumbered and out-gunned Ross has to fight his way out of trouble. I say tense loosely though because we all know Ross Poldark, the main character, was never in any true danger but it was a good scene nonetheless.

    In Cornwall, we see Demelza facing many challenges at home such as the spiteful refusal of George Warleggan to allow her brother to open a church on land that was originally gifted to the inhabitants of the village or her coming to terms with the possibility that Ross may never return. It was incredibly satisfying to see Demelza take action and step into the role that Ross normally holds as head of the household. It was even more satisfying to see her confront Ross on his double standards when it comes to who can do what in their relationship. Too often, it seems that Ross still views Demelza as the serving girl from series 1, it’s high time that he saw her as an equal and capable partner in all things.

    Over the course of the episode, it becomes clear that Elizabeth is beginning to discover the true nature of the man she married. What’s more, judging by the fact that she on her way to becoming an opium addict, she is clearly not happy about it. Honestly, I really want to feel sorry for Elizabeth because I remember a time when she wasn’t always cruel and snobbish. But that time has passed and her recent actions have eroded all good will and wishes that I had for the character. These sentiments are clearly shared by those at Trenwith judging the genuine sigh of relief and joy when she and George Warleggan left for Truro.

    So, these are my thoughts on the last two episodes. Feel free to leave a comment to discuss the things that I left out or anything really lol 🙂