When last we left Ross Poldark, he was struggling with the results of recent decisions. His decision not to run for parliament had come back to slap him in the face, as his old enemy, George Warleggon, had won the seat. Ross has had to sit idly by, fuming, as Warleggon and the parliament sent soldiers after Cornwall’s own people, who were starving, as sacks of grain were sent overseas to the highest bidder in Portugal. But it wasn’t all politics. Ross’s beloved wife, Demelza, has given herself, however briefly, to wounded soldier and poet Hugh Armitage. Demelza says she loves Ross, but as Ross asks her, can a woman’s heart hold two men? Demelza is quick to ask him the same question. Can Ross’s own heart hold two woman, Demelza and Elizabeth?
So there are things that are definitely on Ross’s mind as Season Four opens. The ultimate question, can Ross make things right with the world and in his home? Will he get a chance to undo the mistake of sitting idly by while George Warleggon has abused the people.
Season Four of Poldark answers these questions and more. A food riot sends three people close to Ross to the gallows. Can he intervene and save them in time? Will a new election provide hope that Ross can undo his catastrophic mistake and run against George Warleggon? And what of Hugh Armitage, whose health is fading. He says he can live only if he has Demelza’s love. How far will Demelza go to save him, and what does that mean for her marriage to Ross? Poldark continues to walk a tightrope between straightforward historical drama and outright soap opera, and does so amiably. Matters of the heart are treated as seriously as matters of state, and Aiden Turner’s moody, tortured portrayal continues to strike the right note. The Cornwall vistas continue to be gorgeous, and the show is escapism with just enough social commentary that no one need feel guilty for watching it. What it does, it does very well.
Poldark Season 4 debuts Sunday Sept. 30th at 9:00 p.m. on KIXE Channel 9.