Poldark, Season 3

The 9 episodes of Season 3 of Poldark became available for streaming this week on Amazon Prime Video. I watched the entire season over a period of 4 days, which I suppose is a bit too slow to claim that I binged-watched it. I almost always enjoy period pieces produced by British television, and Poldark is no exception. I’ll admit that there can be a soap-opera feel to the series, but that doesn’t bother me.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with Poldark, here is a rough plot summary…

In the late 18th century, Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his home in Cornwall, England after three years in the British army. Upon his return home, he discovers his father is dead, the family estate is in debt, and the childhood sweetheart that he intended to wed, Elizabeth, is engaged to his cousin Francis. In other words, when returning home from the army, Poldark found that nothing was as he expected it to be. In town, Poldark encounters a young peasant woman named Demelza, who is dressed as a boy and receiving abuse from the town’s people. After learning that Demelza’s father beats her, Poldark, who is a champion of the underdog and the lower classes, offers Demelza lodging and work as a kitchen maid. Eventually, Poldark marries Demelza. The marriage causes scandal because Poldark is in the privileged land owning class while Demelza comes from lowly peasant stock, so Poldark has married “beneath his station”. Poldark strives to help the working tenants on his inherited land and the people of the village, while reviving and operating the old ruined tin mines on his land to restore the family’s finances. Poldark’s tin mines and land are sought after by his rival, the greedy and arrogant George Warleggan. Warleggan is obsessed with bringing Poldark to financial ruin and social humiliation.

I’ve read that there is a fourth season of Poldark in the works. I’ll be ready to watch when it arrives on Amazon Prime Video.

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