So Francis is not dead! Ross was found not guilty and is free! Demelza is pregnant! By all accounts an episode full of joy. The beautiful shots after the trial of Poldark, Demelza, and Dr Enys on the beach in sunset were stunning and, along with the subsequent celebration seem to indicate happier times ahead. But it seems unlikely to last with George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) out for revenge and other issues between characters remaining unresolved…

Ross (Aiden Turner) being found not guilty was hardly a shock, although I was starting to doubt the result as it seemed an impossible situation to get out from. I’m still not sure how/why the jury found him not guilty but the main thing is they did and the story can continue! Ross did little to help his case as he continued to stubbornly stand up for himself.His speech on behalf of all Cornishmen and their rights to help thenselves especially in times of poverty was admirable, but perhaps a little risky given the life and death situation. As Dr Enys said, he’s heard more penitent speeches…A high point of the trial and the episode was when Jud (Phil Davis) eventually came through to support Poldark, as he claimed to be ‘ard of ‘earing so may have misheard what was said, though the Warleggans will not let him get away with this scot free…

Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) was fabulous in the episode, as she went to extremes to try and help Ross. Chatting with the judge and trying not to be too obviously persuading him to be kind on the verdict was a good effort but ultimately not the best idea. I, and no doubt all viewers, felt for her in the courtroom particularly after she said about her pregnancy. Without her I’m not sure I would have cared as much about what happened to Ross, as he seemed to do so little to help himself or her situation. But it all worked out for them to live happily ever after, or more likely, encounter more misfortune and repeat the cycle of unhappiness again…

Another key event of the episode was of course Francis (Kyle Soller) still being alive! He was such a mess he couldn’t even work his gun properly to shoot himself…It was great news nonetheless (not least for Dr Enys’ room and its landlord) and hopefully with the good news of Poldark’s verdict and with the support of Elizabeth (Heida Reed) Francis can get through his issues. He is very much on the edge however, and the slightest thing could push him over, so we should watch out! Elizabeth seems unlikely to be the wife Francis wants/needs as there is clearly unfinished business between her and Ross. Could it be this that tips Francis into attempting suicide again?

We also got to see more of Unwin Trevaunance (Hugh Skinner) and I’m sure he’s wishing we hadn’t as he wasn’t shown in the best light! He seems weak willed, arrogant, and just a plain idiot! He really is not someone I’d want as my MP, although I did feel kind of sorry for him when he was attacked by dung. Although saying that I also felt bad for the attacker receiving the death sentence (which made Ross’ release more unbelievable!). It’s no wonder Caroline (Gabriella Wilde) is attracted to Dr Enys (Luke Norris) if Unwin is her intended! There is a spark between the two of them, particularly on Caroline’s side as she was practically drooling at Dr Enys in the courtroom. Those two are undoubtedly getting together, the only question is when?

Another pecial mention to Aunt Agatha (Caroline Blakiston) this week, as in response to Elizabeth complaining about her morbid divinations, Agatha declared she doesn’t divine the future she just plays snap…what’s not to love about her?

So after a dramatic yet unexpected episode two, the questions to be answered in three. When/how will George Warleggan exact his revenge on Poldark/Jud/everyone? How will Ross manage and improve his unstable financial situation? How will he take the news of Demelza’s pregnancy? What of Francis and Elizabeth- will they work through their issues or drift further apart? And when will Dr Enys and Caroline step up their relationship?

Photo credit to BBC

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