Poldark Season 2 Stream of Consciousness: Rape, Finale, & Season 3 Teaser

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It’s the finale of Poldark season 2! I posted my stream-of-consciousness thoughts on the previous episodes, now let’s talk about the final episode and then the teaser trailer for season 3!

First, I wanted to address the whole rape controversy from episode 7. I admit that I didn’t do so in my post about the episode, I guess because I’ve just gotten so immune to the whole “I am forcing you to have sex, but you quickly succumb” thing in historical fiction (and I’ve been more focused on costumey things in my posts). I mean, I think it’s totally wrong and perpetuates seriously messed-up ideas about consent and sexuality, but it also seems relatively par for the course. So I’m actually impressed that there was a lot of complaints about the scene in the U.K. Apparently the U.S. version was edited, and I haven’t seen it (I’ve been watching the British version) — can anyone say how it compares?

Anyway, I mostly wanted to acknowledge it, agree that it is fucked up, and give you readers a chance to weigh in. For more of Frock Flicks’ thoughts the topic, listen to our most recent Patreon podcast (from November 19, 2016) where Sarah and Trystan discuss it at length (not a patron? Support us on Patreon and get access to exclusive podcasts!).

Onwards!

Episode 10 of Poldark, Season 2

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Hey! I don’t hate this dress on Demelza! It’s a nice color and the simple style suits her character and station. I’d be MUCH happier if she wore stuff like this more often.

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I keep meaning to address this and forgetting, so I took a screencap as a reminder: GEOFFREY CHARLES. WHO THE FUCK USES BOTH FIRST AND MIDDLE NAMES FOR THEIR CHILD? PEOPLE WHO WANT A PONCY, GEORGE-WARLEGGAN-ESQUE CHILD. EVERY time someone says “Geoffrey Charles” my ass puckers, and not in a good way.

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Ah yes, Ross. Rejoin the army (because that worked out so well last time) and run away from all your problems THAT YOU CREATED.

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Hey Caroline! Convenient avoiding-baby-bump framing for this scene!

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DWIGHT. NAVAL UNIFORM. YES PLEASE!!!

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There’s that lovely new redingote on Elizabeth. Check out the scallops on the collar!

Love & Friendship (2016)

Just figured out the other night: it’s a rewear of this one from Love & Friendship (2016)!

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I feel like they’re trying to redeem Ross by having him get Caroline and Dwight back together. I also feel like Caroline and Dwight are going to regret getting married down the line. I like Caroline’s Turkish-inspired short oversleeve!

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I like the cross-over bodice (again, Turkish-inspired) and the very sari/Middle Eastern trim!

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Okay, so Ross DOES look good in uniform. TIGHT PANTS. Rowr.

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This is the face of a woman about to get laid for the first time!

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Elizabeth gets a new dress! I like the gauzey ruches on the bodice.

 

Poldark Season 3 Teaser Trailer

And now, let’s look at the short teaser for next season!

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Ladies in dresses and nice carriage!

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From what I can see of it, that’s a lovely dress on Demelza (please no back-lacing please no back-lacing) — and look, the actress playing Caroline clearly had her baby because she has a waistline for the first time!

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I don’t know who this new character is, but I know I hate her stupid hat.

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Verity’s hat!!

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Elizabeth is VERY knocked up!

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HELLO NEW PRETTY BOY (upper-class edition)!

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HELLO NEW PRETTY BOY (lower-class edition)!

 

What did you think of the rape scene? How about the costumes in the last episode? And what do you think of the sneak peak of season 3?

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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

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  1. Daniel Milford-Cottam

    I read the other blog about the hats with great interest – I had not realised they were so anachronistic, I have to admit, but you are definitely right in that there are relatively few examples to be documented. However, there are enough that I wouldn’t immediately think “ANACHRONISM!” if I saw one – although with caveats. There was a style of hat towards the end of the 18th century that did have ribbon ties pulling the brim down, called a witch’s hat or gipsy hat, or a Pamela hat. I was interested to see this portrait of an older woman wearing one of those hats, although maybe she is a very smart older woman..

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Henrietta_Marchant_Liston_%28Mrs._Robert_Liston%29._by_Gilbert_Stuart,_1800.jpg

    I have just realised that her hat is amost an exact copy of this “gipsy” from Heideloff’s of 1794! (albeit no feathers and bigger brim….)
    http://regencyfashion.org/heid/ND6-1794.html

    The caption does specify a handkerchief to tie on the hat, although it does look like Mrs Liston is wearing ribbons. The majority of bergere/shepherdess hats I see do have ties attached to the crown though, if they have ties at all.

    There’s another instance here from the 1780s/90s – looks like a Chemise a la Reine dress! – again, handkerchief/scarf rather than ribbons.

    http://clermontstatehistoricsite.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/the-livingstons-and-their-fabulous-hats.html

    Interesting – thanks for making me look more closely at this style of hat and think more about it.

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  2. Mari

    I quit watching after Ross cheated on Demelza. She is my favorite character and did not deserve that. Totally turned off by Ross now. Not watching anymore.

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    • Jill R. Ottman

      Mari, you should consider reading the books! The entire situation has a broader context and you will find that certain other characters are not perfect, either.

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  3. ladylavinia1932

    GEOFFREY CHARLES. WHO THE FUCK USES BOTH FIRST AND MIDDLE NAMES FOR THEIR CHILD?

    A lot of Southerners have been doing this for years, regardless of class. It must be a habit that the British may have passsed down.

    I quit watching after Ross cheated on Demelza. She is my favorite character and did not deserve that. Totally turned off by Ross now. Not watching anymore.

    There are serious consequences that stemmed from Ross’ rape of Elizabeth . . . right up to the last novel, which is set over a quarter-of-a-century later.

    What did you think of the rape scene?

    The BBC should have followed Graham’s novel a lot closer. Then again, the BBC didn’t handle the rape very well back in the 1970s.

    As for the two new boys on the block . . . eh, too pretty looking. The costumes? Eh.

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    • Saraquill

      Double names were used by the upper crust. Look at Marie Antoinette, her mother Maria Theresa, her husband Louis Auguste, son Louis Charles…

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  4. M.E. Lawrence

    I’ll bet the new female character is Elizabeth’s cousin Morwenna, who comes to be G.C.’s governess. I’m also betting that the well-dressed new male character is a truly despicable rich parson and that the working-class lad is Demelza’s adorable younger brother Drake. Trouble ensues dot dot dot

    Apropos of female characters, does anyone else think the actress who plays Verity would make a perfect Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in a “Gone With the Wind” remake?

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  5. M.E. Lawrence

    Possible spoiler!

    P.S. Either a despicable parson or possibly the guy who seriously tempts a certain important female character.

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  6. Mari

    Different Mari, who did watch through Episode 10. :) The editing in the US was skillful. We got maybe one moment of “I’m not sure” and then a whole lot of “Come and get it!” Elizabeth is… unreliable to me given her past vacillations re: Ross and love. The editing gives her agency enough that we believe she’s out for one last fling before she marries. Too bad it also renders her too ignorant to realize the other potential consequences.

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  7. Jill

    I’m getting a little cranky about the fact that we’re well into the 1790s by season 3 of Poldark, yet everyone still looks stuck in older gowns. I get that the relative poverty of even the rich in this series is a case in point (not to mention the studio’s wardrobe budget), but in the books Caroline is starting to sport Regency gowns. One is not enough. Here’s to hoping there is more of what I call real Regency garb at some point in this series.

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    • Kendra

      Interesting! I was assuming we were still in the late 1780s — looks like I’ll have to do some more comparing-with-real-fashion-history posts for the next season!

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  8. ladylavinia1932

    Season Two was set between 1790 and 1793, not the 1780s.

    Season Three should be set between 1794 and 1795 or 1796.

    Apropos of female characters, does anyone else think the actress who plays Verity would make a perfect Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in a “Gone With the Wind” remake?

    A remake of “Gone With the Wind”? Oh dear. I don’t like that. A remake would have to change the tone of the story in its portrayal of the slaves and other blacks, attitudes towards women, and the lower classes for it to work in the early 21st century.

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  9. Kristina

    I just wanted to say that I haven’t watched this series, but some of the “discussion” that I’ve seen online relating to the rape scene has been deeply annoying. It seems that BBC producers and others involved with the series didn’t want to risk “tarnishing” Ross Poldark’s image. Clearly, they must not have succeeded in this goal, but they certainly tried. Winston Graham’s son claimed that the rape in the books is actually “consensual sex” (apparently because Elizabeth has “mixed emotions” afterwards???), Aidan Turner said it “seems consensual” (ugh…), and I hear that the BBC filmmakers shot the scene, and those that follow, in such a way as to cloud the issue of Elizabeth’s consent. Seriously, people — either show the assault or don’t, but you can’t have it both ways and pretend that a rape is consensual.

    On the subject of costumes, some look pretty decent, but nearly all of the characters still seem to be at least five to ten years behind fashion trends.

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  10. Jack

    Why do I keep seeing this peculiar combination, an 18th Century tricorn hat and 19th Century sideburns, on Poldark and other characters?

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