Hello again dear Readers!
Today marks my second to last review of ITV’s new series Victoria.
I watched this episode a few days ago, but I didn’t have a chance to post my thoughts at any point throughout the week. I also thought it might be a good idea to save my review to post this weekend, and make it sort of a Victoria Extravaganza Event!
I am going to miss this queen more than I can express. I can’t explain quite how soothing it is to watch her story every Sunday before gearing up for the week ahead. Like Jane Eyre, Clare Abshire and so many characters before her, Queen Victoria (specifically as portrayed by Jenna Coleman) has given me another model of strength, force and courage to carry around in my green heart. From the costumes, to the sets, everything about this series has been absolutely exquisite, and I am so relieved that it has been renewed for a second season. I know that, after tomorrow night’s episode, I won’t be seeing Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for quite awhile, but I am very grateful that these new dear friends will be returning to me soon.
Here are my thoughts on the second last episode of Victoria…
Episode #7: The Engine of Change
Sidenote: The title credits are still the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!!! ❥
– Sick Queen V = Uh oh! Is her fear coming true? She wants kids in theory, but certainly not now!
– Albert likes Sir Robert Peele, but Queen V still does not. He’s no Lord M.
– A is progressive, business-like…he wants change and advancement (ex – the railway).
– Queen V is bored by manufacturing and the Industrial Revolution.
– This Francatelli guy is actually growing on me! His romance with Miss Skerrett is cute!
– Queen V telling Prince A she is pregnant is the most sad thing I’ve ever seen…she looks miserable! But A is sooo excited and it is adorable! She is clearly terrified though!
– “Drina’s” mother wants her to sit around and not work = although it is right to protect the baby, V is still a queen with duties…and a STRONG one at that! Her mother implies that her only “function” is to have an heir.
– V is in love and fears A will think her hideous when pregnant = so cute!
❥ “A love like ours can burn down the city.” ❥
– Queen V names Prince A potential regent; politicians vehemently rebel! Duke of Wellington is kind of mean…why did Charlotte Brontë like him so much?
– A and V flirting in bed is amazing! It gives me life! They are truly in love!
– Queen V’s mother says laughing is bad for the baby. What on Earth?!?!
– A still wants some power! But Queen V must compromise and let him use power through her.
~ “But I’m not a German woman. I am Queen of England.” ~
– Queen V kind of treats her mother terribly, BUT, my mom and I both agree that her mother is quite annoying and a pest.
❥ “Just be your darling self. They will adore you.” ❥
– V and A exchanging looks at dinner is another prime example of how in tune they are! They are a formidable couple!
– Sir Robert Peele is actually kind of sweet. He could be a real ally if he and Queen V worked together.
– “Now, lunch.” I wish I could command people like that! haha
– “You count as alone.” Lehzen is like a mother to Queen V; she wants her around always.
– The politics is complicated, but what I do know is that the Tories and Queen V must get on the same footing.
– Queen V is spooning Prince A! Aww! heehee
– Queen V needs to “guide the conversation” and maintain authority so that her and A can tread carefully and people will not resent Prince A.
– Sooo…naturally Prince A goes off to see the train on his own, even though V specifically asked him not to. Damn it!
– The fact that they all find the train so incredible just goes to show how much we now take for granted…and how far our society has come. So much happened, so much progress was made in the Victorian era.
~ “This is the future.” ~
– Queen V is depressed because she doesn’t know where Prince A is = not so easy when you can’t text someone, eh? 😉
❥ I’m pretty sure the scenes at Sir Piers’ house were filmed at Haddon Hall – aka Thornfield Hall. I can’t be 100% sure because I’ve never personally be there, and have only seen it in the Jane Eyre film adaptations, but the scenery is GORGEOUS and I recognize it! It is one of my favourite sets on Earth! A perfect choice!
~ “…condone or condemn…” ~
– Prince A and Sir Robert Peele are now friends, which is a huge advancement.
~ “I decide what is the future!” ~
– Queen V and Prince A are in a peculiar place: Queen V must maintain her authority, but Prince A wants to help her. He wants to guide the English people too. “This is my country!”
– Queen V goes to see the train. Her and A can discover things together! This is the future of not just England, but the whole world!
– Okay, this Francatelli guy is smooth!
~ “The Prince has no power to be solicited.
“Oh, you’re wrong!” ~
– V: “I am frightened of the pain.” A: “Childbirth is surely an ordeal, but you are equal to it. You have such fortitude.” Queen V is terrified and she admits it to Prince A. He is unfailingly supportive and he wants to share her burden!
– Peele backs Prince A as regent. Nice! He is so firm and I love it – he is actually amazing in this scene!
❥ Queen V at her desk, surrounded by candles is such a gorgeous Victorian image!
– V subtly, and without calling attention to it, lets A help her with her work. The moment when he takes her pen is symbolic of the fact that they are now working as one.
Sidenote: Jenna Coleman truly acts like a queen, right down to her subtlest gesture of leaning her hand on her neck and her small smile.
Speak to you about the finale soon,
Girl with a Green Heart