Lark Rise to Candleford

Lark Rise to Candleford: Season 2

What She said:


It’s unbelievable how quickly I got into this show.  At first, I thought it was a bit slow, and a complete flop, but by the end of Season 1, I was totally enthralled.  Season 2 reacquaints us with the whole gang down in Lark Rise and up in busy Candleford.  Things pick up right where they left off, and they do it so seamlessly that the show feels like one very, very long movie.  I know, that sounds totally tedious, but the show is so character driven that it brings on the same joys as real-life people watching.

Dorcas Lane, postmistress of Candleford deals with lots of emotional turmoil this season as the mysterious James Dowland sweeps into town.  He’s rich, chauvinistic, and all-too-alluring for Dorcas.  Dowland also turns out to have strong Lark Rise connections.  His background and intentions are a major plotline in Season 2.  In the meantime, Thomas Brown is dealing with conflicting feelings of his own, as he finds himself drawn to Miss Ellison, the pastor’s daughter.  Can he overcome his painfully shy and awkward nature and woo Miss Ellison with his affections?  Their story involves lots and lots of uncomfortableness, which is quite funny to watch.  Dorcas’ maid, Minnie, is desperately trying to escape her past, and Laura, as usual, is dealing with guy problems.  They always seem to be clambering over her, but ultimately hearts are broken.  Toward the end of the season, there is a plot twist involving James Dowland, which promises to carry on in the future.  Lots of intrigue, plenty of fighting, and emotions running high in Season 2.

The charm of Lark Rise to Candleford has not worn off.  The characters continue to grow and develop, and not just the main characters; you’ll even see the peripherals addressed in Season 2.  As time passes, we see historical influences take shape in the community.  This series cannot be defined one dimensionally—it’s not a romance, a drama, or a comedy—it’s all of the above.  It’s fun to watch the story continue to unfold, and I’m curious to see which direction it will move in next.  By the way, Dorcas Lane is my hero.  She’s a strong feminine figure, with resolve and an air of class.  She makes some foolish mistakes but always comes to her senses in the end.  She also isn’t afraid to bend the rules.

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