It has been a rather long time since “Home Fires” last aired on ITV, so we will start off this article with the admission that it did take us a rather long time to familiarize ourselves with many of these characters once more.
Luckily, the episode did give us some great news to start things off with a rather-muted smile (more on that later): Adam’s alive. The show does a good job when it comes to the relay of news, which had to be a very difficult job during the World War II era. You hope with every fabric of your being that the news you deliver is happy, but the reality here is that sometimes, it simply isn’t and you have to deal with that.
The bad news here is that unfortunately, Sarah had to announce at the church that Adam was indeed captured. There’s still hope, but it’s slim and you have to anticipate the worst, but you want to think that there is a possibility things could change. Bittersweet moments are what the series does best, anchored by some strong performances. The show is a little like a small-town version of “Call the Midwife,” albeit with a less procedural story and set two decades earlier. You watch for the characters, and are inspired by the setting and the authenticity.
Also, this episode gave us a little bit of hope for Pat, who went through so much torment over the course of the first season thanks to Bob, who we thought was going to be gone for a time … at least until the closing minutes. We’re not going to be so morbid as to say that we hope that something happens to him, but we do hope she finds a way to get away from him permanently and can find happiness. Here’s hoping to happy times with Marek!
Just in case the end of the episode didn’t make you worried enough about Pat, another accident is liable to get you choked up: The accident revolving around Peter Barden.
If you enjoyed season 1, we feel confident that you enjoyed the season 2 premiere and you will continue to enjoy the show. It may be a little too slowly-paced at times, but the moments that are there pack a big emotional punch.
Also, that look that Frances gave Jenny was all sorts of delicious. Let’s end this on a happier note. Episode Grade: A-.
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