The Last Post (2017), Season One Review
Though it’s currently the “it” thing for networks or services to do, I’m always a little wary of streaming originals. Particularly because streaming services don’t have the same restrictions networks now do. But when a new period drama crops up, I do sit up and take notice.
Today’s review takes on a little Storytime format as I attempt to share my thoughts on The Last Post.
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An Amazon Prime original (at least for the stateside rights), The Last Post looked to be on the verge of “depressing,” but also boasted too many temptations for me not to eventually watch. Armed with the mental preparedness of its mature themes and emotional toll, I settled in to watch episode one. By the end I’d discovered I like the show, but also held lukewarm feelings on the pilot. The acting is superb, but the pace wasn’t to my liking.
Weeks pass, and I don’t watch the rest of the episodes. Finally, I had to finish the series to complete a review, so I played episode two and the rest, as they say, is history. That’s all it took to convince me this was a series I really (really) wanted to continue to watch unfold.
Inside this world is one of intrigue, romance and a great deal of emotional turmoil. Whether it be the death of fellow soldiers, a difficult birth or the ill choices of an emotional alcoholic, the good storytelling stacks up. Not only is the script fantastic, the acting is beyond brilliant. The cast includes new and familiar faces.
Among the newcomers is Jeremy Neumark Jones, Tom Glynn-Carney, and Louis Greatorex plus Jessie Buckley who turned in a brilliant performance in the recent A&E series War & Peace. Here her character arc is different, but shows similarities, and she plays Honor with class and genuine emotion. Veteran stars include Ben Miles (Lark Rise to Candleford, The Crown), Stephen Campbell-Moore (Our Zoo), Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), and Jessica Raine who many will remember as fan favorite Jenny Lee in Call the Midwife.
Last week I review this series on Silver Petticoat. As always, if you want to read my “official review,” you can follow the links down below. It’s certainly one I believe deserves a second season.
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2-3 sex scenes [episode one being the most prolonged], and in an emotionally
charged scene, a woman prepares for a self-inflicted abortion [non graphic].
She also questions a doctor about abortion. There is talk of an extra marital
affair. About 5 f-words are used along with some other commonplace profanity.)