So, I got very behind on watching and reviewing so I’m doing a double review of these Poldark episodes!

After the shocking death of Francis in Episode 5, the dynamics have changed quite a bit for the main characters. Ross and Demelza went through some problems, but have come through them after a rather steamy scene at the end of Episode 6! Elizabeth now has a role as beautiful (though definitely not wealthy widow) with George and Ross hovering around her. The mine continues to cause trouble, as does the smuggling, (which come to a climax in Episode 7) whilst Caroline Penvenen and Dr Enys continue to fall in love, though they far from have a happy ending (as it stands at the end of the episode anyway!)

Ross and Demelza started episode 6  with a very rocky relationship. Demelza wasn’t happy with Ross’ smuggling venture, espeically when they stored goods in their house! And who can blame her, Ross doesn’t exactly have a great track record with the law! She was also (understandably) annoyed at the time Ross spent with Elizabeth. Both of them seemed to be drifting apart from each other which was sad and quite frustrating to see! However, after a few sharp words from forthright Prudie, Ross finally realised he had a wife and child that he should maybe look after and actually pay attention to. There ensued a very steamy scene which was no doubt relished by ‘Romelza’ fans (is that what they’re known as?), as well as everyone else! Who knew putting on stockings could be so exciting? Anyway this paved the way for a much more harmonious episode 7 relationship. This may also have been helped by the fact that Ross spent much of the episode abroad in Malta…Their relationship was tested by the climax of the smuggling venture, but they both came through it with as much love as ever!

Elizabeth however remains a thorn in Demelza’s side as she remains very close to Ross’ heart. Ross’ excuses to see her to ‘inform her about the mine’ may be seen as friendly and decent, but not with their history! Their relationship is over and done with and they need to move on (please…they do…) This really needs to happen soon, as Ross spent all his money buying out Geoffrey Charles’ shares in Wheal Grace. He prioritised this over using it to help pay his debts, which shows he got his priorities a little wrong. He’d see himself go to prison, Demelza and their child destitute (but don’t worry she’s used to living like that…) all for Elizabeth and her child being well kept. Verity tried to distance them from each other but it can only be so long! Although Ross and Demelza seem strong, Elizabeth is a weakness for Ross that will never go away! Elizabeth coming to check if Ross had received her notes (which he hadn’t as he was away) did seem to drill into her that perhaps he had his own life. Because of this she has been turning towards someone else…

And that person is of course our favourite villain/misunderstood misfit George Warleggan! George has been very helpful towards Elizabeth and Geoffrey Charles, offering to pay for his schooling, bringing round treats, and looking after them when ‘danger’ was around. Aunt Agatha really does not like George, and those 2 have some amazing moments together on screen! Aunt Agatha scoffing that they can’t rely on men and that she relies on her own resources, bringing out some form of rifle, certainly for me would make me feel safer than George attempting to fight an intruder! He doesn’t have the best record in a fight…George has also formed a relationship with Elizabeth’s mother which, is slightly creepy when he basically flirts with her, but also means Elizabeth will be pushed towards George by her mother. This was shown when she was whisked away to a party by George on Christmas Day, and they say Christmas is all about family! Poor Geoffrey Charles! George has also been stirring things up with Ross, but he is more successful in doing this through Elizabeth than through financial means.

It looked like Ross was done for when he had no money to pay off the promissory note to the Warleggans, spending the little he had to help Elizabeth. However, it was paid off anonymously by Caroline Penvenen, which shows there is a genuine nice person under that cool exterior! Ross and Demelza actually paying the Warleggans was delightful as they were obviously gutted and angry, but meant George resolved to ramp up his pursuit of Elizabeth. Sadly the mine was not so great for Ross. After tracking down Mark, they finally realised there was in fact no copper and he had only seen quartz. Note to self, don’t invest all my money and my cousin’s money simply on the word of a man on the run! Who knows what will happen now, but Wheal Grace looks finished. Hopefully Ross will find a new career as mining hasn’t worked out that well for him…

Dr Enys and Caroline continued to be as lovely as ever as their relationship flourished. They galloped on horses through the Cornish countryside (an excuse for some stunning shots) and also planned to elope. In a marvellously restrained angry scene, we saw Dr Enys meet with Ray Penvenen to talk about Caroline. Ray had previously been so affable and nice, but he was certain he would not let Caroline marry Dwight. Apparently Caroline would *only* have £6000 if she married against her uncle’s will, which delighted Dwight as it wasn’t as much as he thought! Take away the money she used to pay off Ross’ debt and it’ll be even more equal! Their plan to elope was going so well until Dwight got dragged into the smuggling fiasco…

Dwight was the main character and almost hero of the last half hour of episode 7 as he became involved in the smuggling (to the detriment of his plans with Caroline). When treating Rosina’s leg, Dwight became suspicious over Charlie who claimed that the doctor told him to stay in bed. Dwight called round and reaised he was faking because he knew customs officials would ambush the very smugglers Ross was involved with. There ensued a drmatic fight where it was touch and go for both of them (Charlie did end up dead anyway, because of Dwight? I guess we’ll never know for sure). Dr Enys managed to escape but officials were already surrounding the beach, a guard in Ross and Demelza’s house, and the smugglers already on their way to shore. In a world before mobile phones, there was only one way to warn them: fire! In true dramatic fashion this was only seen once they’d reached shore, and so ensued lots of firing, running away and chaos! In that Dwight was knocked unconcious, Ross escaped, was met by Demelza who had slipped past the guard, and Ross then hid in the house.

I think we were as confused as Demelza, Prudie and the officials when they came looking for him, opened the cellar area in the library and he wasn’t there. Turned out there was in fact another layer and he was under the floor of that cellar. So things worked out ok for Ross and Demelza but for Dwight and Caroline it was a different matter. Caroline waiting for Dwight was really sad to see, and she finally gave up (understandably!) and left a note to Deight saying she won’t be back. I can’t believe it’s the complete end of their story though….

So these 2 episodes have been interesting for tying up some stories but also the burgeoning of new ones. Next episode we will see what happens to Ross as he was still wanted for being involved in the smuggling. Hopefully this won’t result in a tedious time in prison again when we know he will be released….George will no doubt be as smarmy (and amazing) as ever as he tries to win Elizabeth’s affections. He will have to get past Aunt Agatha, please give these two more scenes/their own show! They are both fantastic. Also what of Dwight and Caroline, this can’t be it for them, they’re a better love story than Ross and Elizabeth/Demelza!

I’m not sure when I will review the next episode but hopefully it will be sooner than this one…

Photo Credit to BBC

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