Lark Rise to Candleford: Season 4
What She said:
Everyone’s favorite gossipy turn-of-the-20th century British
community is back with a bizarrely abbreviated fourth and final
season. Season 4 introduces us to Gabriel Cochrane, a widower
metal worker who arrives at Candleford looking for work and a home.
He’s got a lot of emotional baggage, but Dorcas Lane, gracious as
ever, is willing to take Gabriel on as a personal project. It
helps that she’s clearly attracted to him. In the meantime,
Daniel is expanding his newspaper business in Candleford, while
continuing to woo Laura. Laura, as usual, isn’t quite sure
what she wants. Queenie and Twister fight here and
there. Minnie and Alfie continue their innocent puppy love,
which, the viewer is always confident will end in their inevitable
marriage. And aside from that, not too much happens during
Actually, it seems like, overall, Season 4 was a bit of a
write-off. The producers said, “Well, we want to do a few
more episodes, but let’s not put too much effort into it.”
The drama between Gabriel and Dorcas really make up the bulk of the
season, with trivial subplots playing in to the equation here and
there. I should mention that the character of Robert Timmins
(Brendan Coyle) is completely absent from Season 4, seemingly
because the actor had signed on to play John Bates in Downton
Abbey. The show addresses this by indicating that he’s left
town to pursue work elsewhere.
The season is so brief there’s really not that much to say about
it. It’s not bad to watch, but not quite as captivating as
Seasons 1 or 2. Part of me just wishes they would have cut
it off after Season 3.
Oh well, it was a money-maker.
Thumbs half up.