Unlike most period dramas (or most TV shows, period), “Poldark” got the hero married off very early. Â By the end of the third episode, Ross and Demelza were already at the altar. Â This flies right in the face of theÂ classic will-they-or-won’t-they tension that usually keeps viewers tuning in week after week. Â Think of how long it took Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley to end up together, or Elizabeth and Darcy, or Sam Malone and Diane Chambers (I guess that last one shows my age).
So it says somethingÂ that the story of Poldark ends up being so gripping even though the romantic leads have already gotten hitched. Â Part of this is due to the little hints that maybe Ross still seesÂ Elizabeth in a fond light, which makes me wonder where, if anywhere, these not-quite-buried feelingsÂ will go (I’ve read the first three novels in the series butÂ I have no idea what happens after that). Â I will say that if he does ANYthing to disrespect Demelza,Â he will suffer aÂ swiftly dramaticÂ fall from grace in my eyes that will make Francis’ steep downward plunge look like kids’ stuff. Â Not even your great hair will save you, Ross! Â You have been warned.
*Aww, little baby fingers and toes! Â I love seeing Demelza slip into a new mom-role and I adored the conversation she and Ross had at the end, where he talks about how everything bad that happens around them seemsÂ even worse now that he has a child. Â Parenthood does that.
Also, how adorable was it when he had baby Julia in a sling and was walking along the cliffs with her? ForgetÂ the scything scene,Â it’s momentsÂ like these that make Â women melt. Â Throw in a golden retriever andÂ no woman on earth would be immune.
*It cracked me up when Demelza’s dad, who has apparently Found Religion, comes in and starts dissing Mean Girl Ruth for having such a low-cut neckline. Â What a very satisfying taste of her own rude medicine. Â And I love how she had to poke her husband to make him say, “Sir, I’m offended!”, which he did in a most unconvincing fashion. Â Ha ha ha!
*Francis, Francis: did anyone ever tell you that gambling is a really Â bad idea? Â Giving jewelry to prostitutes is not such a good move either. Â Alienating your wife won’t end well. Â At least you got to show off your Latin by writingÂ aÂ classyÂ epitaph on your mine. Â And I love how Demelza asked Ross what “Resurgam” meant, because while I was pretty sure I knew, it was good to get confirmation. Â (True confession: I don’t actually know Latin. Â I am Catholic, which means I am good at fakingÂ it.)
*Can I get girly Â for a moment and say that I really love all the curls these ladies have?
I always wanted hair that curls like this. Â And I guess Demelza’s lice never returnedÂ after Episode One. Â That’s a good thing, because with Poldark’s flowing locks, he would be very vulnerable.
*Speaking of hair: if we know George is bad because of his ugly ‘do, this new Matthew Sansome guy (the one who played Francis at cards and cleaned his clock) must be Satan in a waistcoat. Â I have never seen such weirdly unattractive hair on a man. Â Let’s all keep him on our radar.
*So Demelza manages to get Verity and her guy back together! Â (or so it seems). I think the moral of the story is that if a girl does not want to get together with you, hire some rioting miners to thunder towards her, and then pull her dramatically Â out of harm’s way. Â You will a) look like a totally awesome manly hero and b) be able to say yourÂ piece without her running off. Â A few minutes should do it.
Do you think Demelza was right to try to get them back together? Â Would you have done the same, or left it alone? Â And aren’t you excited for next week?