Poldark “Episode 1” Review (Season 2, Episode 1)

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The second season of Poldark, the period piece drama based on the acclaimed books by Winston Graham, returned to PBS for a two-hour season premiere, picking up right where season one left off.

But let’s take a look at the story behind Poldark – the short version, at least. Ross Poldark is a late 18th century British Army officer who returns to his home in Cornwall, England, after three years, from the American War of Independence. Unfortunately, once he is home, he learns his father died, his ancestral estate is in ruins and the woman he loved, Elizabeth, is now engaged to his cousin Francis. In order to move forward with his life, he works to bring back his estate as well as the tin mines that employ the locals and he eventually ends up marrying his kitchen maid Demelza.

At the end of season one, Ross and Demelza are reeling from the death of their infant daughter Julia when he is arrested by the King’s Guard for wrecking (basically scavenging washed-ashore supplies from a wrecked ship), inciting a riot (the unfortunate outcome of the wrecking) and murder (which he DID not commit).

The bulk of the two-hour season premiere focused on Ross dealing (or more to the point NOT dealing) with his current situation, believing that he would be found not guilty. However, that is not the case since it is made clear throughout nearly all of the premiere that his nemesis George Warleggan is doing all in his power to make sure Ross is found guilty. Among the nefarious maneuvers he concocted were getting witnesses to lie on the stand and paying the King’s Guard to arrest him in the first place.

While Ross asked his wife Demelza not to appear at the trial, she turned up there anyway with his cousin Verity by her side. His former love Elizabeth also made an unexpected appearance at the trial, but what she didn’t know was that her husband Francis attempted to take his life shortly before the proceedings got underway. Ross’s friend, Dr. Dwight Enys, was the key witness (if you will), after the fact, to Francis’s attempted suicide; and, of course, showed great concern that Francis could, more than likely, attempt to take his life again.

Credit should be given to Demelza for all the efforts she put forth to try to help defend her husband when so few others were in his corner; and while his demise seemed almost imminent, the men of the jury came back with a verdict of not guilty, which surprised, but obviously pleased the defendant and his beloved wife as well as his friends and family members. The only one shocked by the outcome was the malicious George, who will need to watch his back from here on out.

What are your thoughts on the season premiere? Did you feel positive that Ross would be found guilty or not guilty? Were you proud of Demelza for trying so hard to save her husband? What are your thoughts on Francis attempting to take his life? What do you think Ross will do against George? Please share your comments below.

The next new episode of the second season of ‘Poldark’ will air on PBS on Sunday, October 2 at 9/8c with a new episode airing each Sunday through November 27.