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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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Cleverman Series 2 Review

I remember binge watching the first series on BBC iplayer when it first came out over here in the UK and thoroughly enjoying it. I loved learning about a culture and people that I knew relatively little about. So when I saw the next series had been released on iplayer, I hopped right on it. This is my review of Cleverman series 2:

The series takes place sometime after the events of the series 1 finale that saw the inhabitants of the Zone being taken by the CA. It does not look good for them as Koen is dead (or is he?) and the rest of them, who weren’t shot, were being escorted to some unknown location. However, they are saved by an unknown Hairy and the majority escape to this abandoned building in an attempt to avoid capture. Meanwhile, Koen who (surprise, surprise) is not dead, finds himself in the custody of Slade. He escapes but without Nulla Nulla, which gives Slade the opportunity to study it, to what end, no one knows. The rest of the series breaks into many different yet connected plot lines such as Koen coming to terms with his abilities whilst trying to help the people from the Zone, Slade studying the Hairies and Nulla Nulla for reasons unknown, Waaru realising his politcal ambitions whilst enacting his plan for Human and Hairy integration which involves genocide and Jarli, a new Hairy character from the Bindawu tribe, fighting for change in his tribe.

Firstly, the characters are the best part of the series with special mention going to Koen, Slade, Waaru and Linda. Regarding Koen (Hunter Page-Lochard), it was nice to see the character almost fully matured and accepting of his role as the Cleverman. In series 1, he acted like a selfish, whiny and immature child who refused to take responsibility for his actions. However, since the altercation with the CA in the finale, he has changed into a leader; a person that the audience can root for. Furthermore, the way Koen’s powers were showcased were visually impressive. They managed to make them look mystical and interesting without detracting from the realism of the series. Slade (Iain Glen) is still a shady character in this season. I do not think the audience ever really know what is going through his head at any given moment during the season. I would love to say that the character is completely evil but he has moments that show that he is not a complete monster. Although, what kind of man experiments on his wife that way?? It was poetic that ultimately he died at the hands of the person he loved the most- especially since the guy had so many enemies that could have taken him out.

Furthermore, Waaru (Rob Collins) was clearly in his element this season. Finally, he had become the ‘big man’ he always wanted to be. His plan to get the Hairies to integrate by changing their DNA was absolutely shocking! How could a man who used to be a respected community figure for Hairies and Humans alike in the Zone, come up with such a sickening idea? Worse still, how can a government ever support such a scheme?

Moreover, Linda (Deborah Mailman) was my favourite female character in the series. When she was onscreen, she always had an impact on me, particularly her scenes with Koen after it is discovered that she killed his dad and his mum by ramming her car into theirs.

Another thing that I liked about this season was the fact that there was a human rights lawyer who confronted the newly appointed Minister Marion Frith (Rachael Blake) on her and her countries treatment of the Hairies. One thing that bothered me about season 1 was the lack of involvement from foreign countries and entities like the UN. In a world where worldwide cooperation is common place and social media allows for the swift diffusion of information across the globe, I cannot understand how the Australian goverment’s treatment of the Hairies had not become a worldwide issue. In my mind, this did not make any sense. So, when the human rights lawyer turned up it felt like the show had fixed a huge plot hole.

In addition, the introduction of the character Jarli was interesting as it managed to answer questions I did not even know that I had: Are all of the Hairies living with the human in secret or in the Zone? If not, then where are the rest of them? For the most part, I liked his character. His curiousity and desire for change were understandable, however, he also seemed somewhat selfish and too stuck in his principles which made him incapable of understanding other people.

If I had to choose something that I did not like it would have to be the character Audie (Taylor Ferguson). Honestly, it seemed to me like character was introduced to be solely a love interest for Koen as she did little else in the series. In fact, she reminded a lot of Zendaya’s character in Spiderman: Homecoming. In both cases the characters did not do a lot, however, I get the sense that they both will be more important and have more important roles in the next installments of their franchises/series.

Overall, I really enjoyed the second series of Cleverman and I really, really hope that they get another- especially since they ended the series the way they did.

Rating: 4/5 stars

So what did think of the series? Leave a comment 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 1 Review

The wait is over! The new series of Poldark has finally returned with a magnificent first episode that promises to bring all the drama from previous series along with it.
When a heavily pregnant Elizabeth (Heida Reed) bursts onto the screen in the first scene, it’s becomes clear time has passed in the world of Poldark. Yet, time has failed to repair the broken relationship between Elizabeth and Ross. Clearly, Elizabeth still angry over the fact that Ross (Aidan Turner) didn’t discard his wife and jump to her side as she expected after the events of the last series. While I understand her hurt feelings, I can’t help but side with Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) who would have been absolutely crushed by this, especially in light of all the character did in earlier series to help her and that Trenwith Poldarks.

Furthermore, an altercation between George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) and Ross reaffirms that the animosity between the two of them is alive and kicking, yet, Ross seems to have grown up somewhat since we last saw him. Perhaps Demelza’s blow to the head knocked some sense into the character and got him to think of others before acting.
Apart from that, Ross and Demelza are living in relative domestic bliss with the mine thriving and their relationship repaired after Ross’ infidelity. However, we all knew that wasn’t going to last with the early arrival of Elizabeth’s baby threatening to throw a spanner in the works despite their best attempts to prevent it. It will be exciting to see how the new arrival changes things at both Trenwith and Nanpara. One partof me wants it to be all okay but there’s a small part that wants a Maury-style confrontation between Warleggan and Poldark. The latter would definitely be more satisfying as it would probably wipe that lingering smug expression right off George Warleggan’s extremely punchable face.

Geoffrey Charles and Aunt Agatha were the comedy duo I didn’t know I needed with both characters serving some serious sass and sending some fantastic lines George Warleggan’s way. I hope it’s here to stay, but with George desperately trying to insert himself as alpha and do away with all things Poldark including Geoffrey Charles, there’s a possibility that the duo is broken up before it even gets going.

With arrival of Demelza’s brothers (Tom Yorke & Harry Richardson) and Elizabeth’s cousin Morwenna (Ellise Chappell), I smell a forbidden romance, Romeo and Juliet style storyline coming up and I’m all for it! I can already see the secret meetings and notes being passed along, and I’m excited to see how it will all turn out. After all, the last forbidden romance involving the Poldark family ended up in a duel.

Furthermore, I couldn’t end this review without talking about the other set of star-crossed lovers Caroline Penvenen (Gabriella Wilde) and Dwight Enys (Luke Norris) who finally tie the knot in this episode, only to have their wedding night ruined by Elizabeth’s early labour and the ill health of Caroline’s guardian. Will they ever catch a break? Your guess is as good as mine, though judging by the preview, the answer appears to be a resounding NO.

So these are my thoughts on the latest episode of Poldark, feel free to leave a comment to tell me your thoughts on the episode.


Why I started this blog

With the end of my academic career approaching, I found myself with bundles of free time and no idea on exactly how to fill it. I predicted that I would spend the majority of my newfound freedom on Netflix, binge-watching shows or at the cinema, trying to watch all the latest releases. Then it hit me. Why not blog about them??

I spend half my time ranting and raving to no one in particular about the series and films that I watch. By starting a film and TV blog, I’d be able to put all my thoughts, comments, criticisms and praise in one place. Also, if someone actually read my blog, I would no longer be ranting and raving to myself in my room- definite win!

I won’t be able to make in depth comments on the cinematography of the film as I know little about that (I studied English Literature and French). As a result, my blog will be highly subjective with all commentary deriving from my own non-professional point of view. As for my taste in films, I’m pretty eclectic, though do not expect to see much talk about horror films because they aren’t my thing lol.

So if you like films and TV series, feel free to have a gander at my blog. I hope to entertain or at the least be mildly interesting 🙂