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Poldark is one of my comfort-food shows, an easy, pretty, and transporting escape to a time and place, the 18th century, where everything was simpler - or, thanks to the writers, everything seemed simpler.
[T]he death of Elizabeth leaves a hole in the plot where the thwarted lust used to go, which is a worry, because nobody wants to hear more about the travails of Poldark's tin mine during a fancy-dress recession.
In the end it was pretty great television. There was just too much of everything.
It almost made up for all the half-baked villains this series. Except you, Tess, you were a joy.
Whilst this wasn't perhaps Poldark's best (or, at least, most consistent) outing, the last five minutes in particular were as fitting an ending to the show as any.
This season gives fans exactly what they want from Poldark: love and drama. It's sad to see it end, but all good things must come to an end. Still, thanks to streaming services, you can watch it all again.
We're obviously delighted to see her and Drake approach a happy ending, and Ellise Chappell and Harry Richardson have been brilliant throughout, but it does feel rushed in comparison to other storylines.
Over its five seasons, the series had a lot going for it, not least the potent chemistry between Aidan Turner's Ross and Eleanor Tomlinson's Demelza, but the plotlines increasingly became so implausible as to be downright daft.
Audience Reviews for Poldark: Season 5
Oct 06, 2020The final season (5) of Poldark was much like the others in terms of drama and links to history. It is sad that has come to end an, especially with the ending left open for more...
Sep 18, 2020This WAS a great series until they started distorting history and pushing misgeneration. Penrose isn't wrong (episode3 or episode 5)
Mar 22, 2020loved it. So sad it's done.
Jan 29, 2020It could have used more happy moments, but the historical aspect was excellent. Poldark has always done a great job of shedding light on corruption, especially within the judicial process at all levels. The ease of corruption within this process and the huge harm to human life and dignity are much more honest and raw in this series. Touching on a deep problem within our government system, sadly, still relevant today.
Jan 03, 2020I watched this season five through to the end because I was hooked on the plot and characters; it became an atrocious mess. I was yelling at the writer in the last episode. An absolute waste of time.
Dec 05, 2019Sappy, unbelievable plot twists. Too many love scenes. Poor acting all around....
Nov 18, 2019I was a fan of the PBS series, Poldark, but my enthusiasm waned in Season 4 and was completely quashed in Season 5, which amplifies everything that is wrong with this production: a consistently weak script that lacks plausibility and cannot be saved even by the beautiful visuals. This Poldark production is a sad statement about where PBS has come: sacrificing dramatic quality in order to play the ratings game, pandering to the lowest common denominator of modern audience demands for fast-paced action. The actors were powerless to overcome the bad material; sometimes I wondered if they had to fight the gag reflex when saying their lines. I echo the sentiments of other audience reviewers: "Thank god it's over".
Nov 18, 2019So sad that Poldark has come to an end. It has been excellent for all five seasons.
Nov 04, 2019Season five is a travesty of what Poldark had been...unrecognizable characters, sensationalistic, vapid plots. Each episode has been worse than the one before. They should have ended with season four....it is a shame for Poldark, which had been very fine, to end on this note.
Oct 30, 2019They had a choice to make - jump forward ten years with the books and move the focus to the next generation - do what they did. I'm sad that they didn't do the whole saga. I think there is plenty of good material in the last 4 books. I think the acting and production values are first rate as they have been all along.