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It 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.
I 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.
Sappy, unbelievable plot twists. Too many love scenes. Poor acting all around....
I 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".
So sad that Poldark has come to an end. It has been excellent for all five seasons.
Season 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.
They 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.
Mr Hansen, in Season 5, is the Jar Jar Binks of Poldark. If it's the writers intent to annoy the fans with Mr. Hansen, they've succeeded.
We had 4 believable five-star Poldark seasons followed up by a season 5 💩.
The "George going crazy" story line is good. And him escaping Trenwith in his night gown is gold.
But I'm begging to think it's a British Isles tradition to shit the bed during the final chapter: Game of Thrones, India, America, Poldark...
Thank God it's over.
A tired and bleh storyline. They either should have ended it at Season 4 or followed the books. This season is just bad.