Channel 4 has been promoting this for weeks and it under whelmed. The Viceroy Lodge is vandalised by a follower of Ghandi. There is pretty scenery but this was so slow. The British in India drink, have resentment and a twisted sense of entitlement. And that’s just the women, the men are slaves to ethnocentric thought and masculinity, both so extreme as to be laughable.
Bottomless pit of need Alice and her morally repugnant brother Ralph party ignoring how imposed cultural values don’t cover up the severe social problems, aggression and violent disorder. There is religious strife and yet this is not substantive and seems part of a hopelessly dated genre about the mythopoeia of Empire. There are no witty apercus, no utter conviction and I don’t get the point of the bearded man who wanders around overlooking his family.
Indian junior clerk Aafrin wants to overcome societal expectations. Some woman is childish and chippy. This is not a tragic commentary nor was it robust it was in fact disingenuous with too much shagging. An American man is chiding and corrective. Exaggerated offensive is taken, there is fighting over a dress, Cynthia wheels and deals, Alice fakes being a widow and an assassin with bad aim attempts to strike. Ralph the would be Richard E Grant type smoothie broods in his bath as an Indian scrubs him down. I am done.
“I stand corrected, again.”
“A possible cholera incident here in the hills.”
“Don’t come after us.”
“He would have been very proud.”
“You are the male heir.”
“That woman is wearing my dress.”
“Dinner, how jolly.”
“Lucky girl. Wash your hands before dinner.”
“All so very long ago.”
Carter has created the war between HR and the mob. The disjunct between public perception of Quinn and reality is finally uncovered. Carter exemplifies dumb and whips out a big gun. The FBI shows up. This season needs to be rejuvenated. Carter makes the mistake of choosing badly. This was dull despite gunfights and a cliffhanger.
“Tell me you didn’t use the front door.”
“Stir with vinegar.”
“This looks like something you would do.”
“That’s my grenade launcher.”
“Kill em and bury em.”
“HR is moving against us.”
“I’ll spare you the Shakespeare quote.”
“Lots of dirty cops between here and there.”
“That vile creature Fish.”
“You saved my life.”
“The crown prince of parking lot muggers.”
“You can’t be this lazy.”