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Versailles 1x06 + The Living And The Dead 1x02 Reviewed

Versailles 1x06
This is naff, a bleak assessment of a show that could have had promise. This was meticulously terrible. The builders are on strike. Louis is steadfastly awful and is a bestower of nothing. Louis rather flatly plots against the Dutch and his brother. He gets simultaneously more angry and more formal. The palace is to become an indoctrination centre. The Duke lurks. Louis lets no foible go unpunished. He has no indefinable glamour, just venomous responses and wildly irresponsible indignation.

Louis has chagrin that Philippe has respect. There is love and intrigue. Louis discounts his brother and is inattentive. Louis fears his brother becoming increasingly influential. Bad treatment is a great motivator for people. There is unsettling distrust and controlled but cutting anger which leads to aggravation. I was pretty disheartened by how bad this was.

These are turbulent times and Louis is extraordinarily utterly confident yet fears everyone. There is unintelligible plotting. Louise wants to be an enclosed nun to get away from the court which sounds like a reasonable proposition. Louis is not persuasively attractive. Philippe is not a moderate force for good, Things take a more sinister turn.

Louis won’t accept help and flaunts his affair with Philippe’s wife. She is knocked up, but by whom? There is dissent and plotting. An inept faked highway stick-up is faked. The fake noble family have a secret religious origin. The matriarch looks to bang Fabian in a torture chamber. She’s part of a plot that involves cloaks, masks and secret meetings. Louis falls sick. Oh boo hoo.

Best Lines:
“Worse. A protestant.”

“I loved you sire.”
“And I you, once upon a time.”

“She’s no longer in your favour.”

“Offer nothing.”

“Rarely stays King for long.”

“You ask for nothing. Why?”

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The Living And The Dead 1x02
A boy is ordered to work in the fields. Farm hands wear smocks and railway surveyors blow stuff up for a viaduct. Nathan wants the railway near by to ship butter to London. Pagan offerings are left on a tree. Nathan’s wife is named Charlotte and she cannot conceive. Farm hands are trying to fathom a complicated world. There is a shivery atmosphere in this dismal era. There seems to be an ominous presence and a threat caused by an unknown disturbance. Charlotte is constantly agonising over her failure to conceive. She is covertly hostile and domineering and has a grandiose sense of self and is outraged by insignificant matters.

Charlotte is extremely defiant and rebellious and causes opposition and inadvertently increases conflict. The farm workers embrace their negative freedom trajectory. The boy faces harm from hostile actors. Harriet shows up briefly having suffered no consequences and no complicated moral ramifications for her actions in 1x01.

Something has taken a nefarious interest in the boy and aroused doubts in Nathan, causing him dark anxieties. Charlotte has existential calm and causes habitual annoyance. They have a dog. Since when? At night on the road, Nathan has a vision of a car. Charlotte has continual intrigues to improve the farm. It is revealed that Gabriel drowned in the lake. The boy has near panic. A weird old man babbles. There was a mine on the property in Nathan’s great-grandfather’s time and a vicious story from the past is revealed. Pity and horror are evoked. This was okay with a rambling inconclusive ending. Nathan seems emotionally detached and has no visible emotional connections.

Best Lines:
“What lies beneath should be left beneath.”

“Pay it no mind.”

“The last human to touch this has been dead for 7000 years.”

“The evils of progress.”

“Nasty noisy buggers they is.”

“No good will come of this.”

“Their views on agriculture haven’t changed since the Romans moved on.”

“I really don’t think some boiled grass is going to make much difference.”

“To take away the taste of the slow worm.”

“She fell into low company.”

“Life was not kind to her.”

“It was a terrible place.”

“I would love that sadness out of him.”
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